2010/11/2 Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us>:
> Hitoshi Harada <umi.tan...@gmail.com> writes:
>> I wonder why SortState is a ScanState. As far as I know ScanState
>> means the node may need projection and/or qualification, or it scans
>> some relation, but Sort actually doesn't do such things.
> No, not really.  Per the comment for ScanState:
>  *        ScanState extends PlanState for node types that represent
>  *        scans of an underlying relation.  It can also be used for nodes
>  *        that scan the output of an underlying plan node --- in that case,
>  *        only ScanTupleSlot is actually useful, and it refers to the tuple
>  *        retrieved from the subplan.
> It might be that we don't actually need ScanTupleSlot right now in the
> implementation of Sort, but I don't see a good reason to remove the
> field.  We might just have to put it back later.

It might reduce a few cycle used in initializing and cleaning of
ScanTupleSlot, but I basically agree it's not good reason to do it.

> BTW, Sort is not the only node type like this --- I see at least
> Material that's not projection-capable but has a ScanState.

Yes, during designing DtScan which is coming in the writeable CTEs I
came up with the question.


Hitoshi Harada

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