Pavel Stehule <> writes:
> 2011/10/21 Andrew Dunstan <>:
>> On 10/21/2011 02:44 PM, Pavel Stehule wrote:
>>> isn't better to fix current tools to work well with bytea?

>> Such as?

> some like
> \copy ... to foo.bin format binary

No, because COPY BINARY will emit its own sort of wrappers around the

What I don't like about Andrew's proposal is that it seems rather
limited.  Why bytea in particular?  Text chunks could probably also use
a direct output method.  And what about input?

Could we do anything with a notion of a COPY RAW mode, that would dump
or read the data without any header, column, or row separators?  On
input I suppose you'd have to restrict it to one column --- on output,
we could leave re-dividing the data to the user's ingenuity ...

                        regards, tom lane

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