Robert Haas <> writes:
> Another awkwardness of this patch is that it makes
> create_append_path() and consequently set_dummy_rel_pathlist() take an
> additional "root" argument.  While there's nothing terribly
> unreasonable about this on its face, it's only necessary so that
> create_append_path() can call cost_sort(), which takes "root" but
> doesn't actually use it.  I'm not sure whether it's better to leave
> this as-is or to remove the root argument from cost_sort().

Right offhand the cleanest answer to that seems to be to leave
create_append_path alone, and make a separate function named something
like create_ordered_append_path that handles the case where cost_sort
might be needed.  I rather wonder if we don't want two separate
execution-time node types anyway, since what Append does seems
significantly different from Merge (and MergeAppend would be just a

I have to run off for a doctors appointment, will continue looking at
this patch when I get back.

                        regards, tom lane

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