* Peter Eisentraut (pete...@gmx.net) wrote:
> - ip4 really only stores a single address, not a netmask, not sometimes
> a netmask, or sometimes a range, or sometimes a network and an address,
> or whatever.  That really seems like the most common use case, and no
> matter what you do with the other types, some stupid netmask will appear
> in your output when you least expect it.

This is definitely one of the funny complications with our built-in
types.  I don't feel that's a feature either.  Nor do I consider it
'worse' that we have a type that actually makes sense. :)  Regardless of
who developed it, it's simply trying to do too much in one type.  I'm
also not convinced that our built-in types even operate in a completely
sensible way when you consider all the interactions you could have
between the different 'types' of that 'type', but I'll admit that I
haven't got examples or illustrations of that- something better exists
and is what I use and encourage others to use.

In some ways, I would say this is akin to our built-in types vs.
PostGIS.  My argument isn't about features or capabilities in either
case (though those are valuable too), it's about what's 'right' and
makes sense, to me anyway.



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