On Tue, 2011-09-13 at 12:34 -0400, Christopher Browne wrote:
> > select int4range(5,2);
> > ERROR:  range lower bound must be less than or equal to range upper bound
> >
> > Of course, I won't argue this is a bug, but I was wondering if it wouldn't 
> > be handy to allow a
> > 'symmetric' mode in range construction, where, if the first of the pair is 
> > higher than the second,
> > they are automatically swapped, similar to SYMMETRIC in the BETWEEN clause.


> If you have a computation that gets a "backwards" range, then it is
> more than possible that what you've got isn't an error of getting the
> range backwards, but rather the error that your data is
> overconstraining, and that you don't actually have a legitimate range.

Agreed. On balance, it's just as likely that you miss an error as save a
few keystrokes.

I'll add that it would also cause a little confusion with inclusivity.
What if you do: '[5,2)'::int4range? Is that really '[2,5)' or '(2,5]'?

        Jeff Davis

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