Re: [HACKERS] proposal: schema variables

From: Pavel Stehule <pavel(dot)stehule(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Arthur Zakirov <a(dot)zakirov(at)postgrespro(dot)ru>
Cc: PostgreSQL Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] proposal: schema variables
Date: 2018-04-18 11:54:44
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I am sending rebased patch

2018-04-18 13:37 GMT+02:00 Arthur Zakirov <a(dot)zakirov(at)postgrespro(dot)ru>:

> On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 06:28:19PM +0200, Pavel Stehule wrote:
> > I though about it, and I am inclined to prefer pg_class instead separate
> > tables.
> >
> > It true, so there are lot of "unused" attributes for this purpose, but
> > there is lot of shared attributes, and lot of shared code. Semantically,
> I
> > see variables in family of sequences, tables, indexes, views. Now, it
> > shares code, and I hope in next steps more code can be shared -
> > constraints, triggers.
> >
> > There are two objective arguments for using pg_class:
> >
> > 1. unique name in schema - it reduces risk of collisions
> > 2. sharing lot of code
> >
> > So in this case I don't see well benefits of separate table.
> Understood. I haven't strong opinion here though. But I thought that
> pg_class approach may limit extensibility of variables.

I didn't touch limit (I don't know if there will be some issue - still is
far to upstream). This is technology, but workable, demo. I though so some
users had a problem to imagine what is persistent variable in my view.

But almost all code and tests can be used for final version - only storage
implementation is nothing more than workaround.

> BTW:
> - there is unitialized variable 'j' in pg_dump.c:15422
> - in tab-complete.c:1268 initialization needs extra NULL before
> &Query_for_list_of_variables

I found it too today when I did rebase. But thank you for report.

> Also I think makeRangeVarForTargetOfSchemaVariable() has non friendly
> argument names 'field1', 'field2', 'field2'.

yes, I hadn't better names :(

In this routine I am doing diagnostic what semantic has sense for current
values. the field1, field2 can be schema.variable or variable.field. So
when I used semantic names: schema, varname, fieldname, then it was more
messy (for me).



> --
> Arthur Zakirov
> Postgres Professional:
> Russian Postgres Company

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