|From:||Michael Meskes <meskes(at)postgresql(dot)org>|
|To:||Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>|
|Cc:||pgsql-hackers(at)lists(dot)postgresql(dot)org, Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>, Michael Meskes <meskes(at)postgresql(dot)org>|
|Subject:||Re: SQL/JSON functions vs. ECPG vs. STRING as a reserved word|
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> I looked briefly at whether we could improve that situation.
> Two of the four uses of ECPGColLabelCommon in ecpg.trailer can be
> converted to the more general ECPGColLabel without difficulty,
> but trying to change either of the uses in var_type results in
> literally thousands of shift/reduce and reduce/reduce conflicts.
> This seems to be because what follows ecpgstart can be either a general
> SQL statement or an ECPGVarDeclaration (beginning with var_type),
> and bison isn't smart enough to disambiguate. I have a feeling that
> this situation could be improved with enough elbow grease, because
> plpgsql manages to solve a closely-related problem in allowing its
> assignment statements to coexist with general SQL statements. But
> I don't have the interest to tackle it personally, and anyway any
> fix would probably be more invasive than we want to put in post-beta.
Right, the reason for all this is that the part after the "exec sql" could be
either language, SQL or C. It has been like this for all those years. I do not
claim that the solution we have is the best, it's only the best I could come up
with when I implemented it. If anyone has a better way, please be my guest.
> I also wondered briefly about just changing the affected test cases,
> reasoning that breaking some ECPG applications that use "string" is
> less bad than breaking everybody else that uses "string". But type
> "string" is apparently a standard ECPG and/or INFORMIX thing, so we
> probably can't get away with that.
IIRC STRING is a normal datatype for INFORMIX and thus is implemented in ECPG
for its compatibility.
> Hence, I propose the attached, which fixes the easily-fixable
> ECPGColLabelCommon uses and adds a hard-wired special case for
> STRING to handle the var_type usage.
I'm fine with this approach.
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