On 20-12-2011 07:27, Magnus Hagander wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 19:06, Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM, Euler Taveira de Oliveira
>> <eu...@timbira.com> wrote:
>>> On 06-12-2011 13:11, Robert Haas wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 5:14 AM, Magnus Hagander <mag...@hagander.net> 
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> I've been considering similar things, as you can find in the archives,
>>>>> but what I was thinking of was converting the number to just a plain
>>>>> bigint, then letting the user apply whatever arithmetic wanted at the
>>>>> SQL level. I never got around to acutally coding it, though. It could
>>>>> easily be extracted from your patch of course - and I think that's a
>>>>> more flexible approach. Is there some advantage to your method that
>>>>> I'm missing?
>>>> I went so far as to put together an lsn data type.  I didn't actually
>>>> get all that far with it, which is why I haven't posted it sooner, but
>>>> here's what I came up with.  It's missing indexing support and stuff,
>>>> but that could be added if people like the approach.  It solves this
>>>> problem by implementing -(lsn,lsn) => numeric (not int8, that can
>>>> overflow since it is not unsigned), which allows an lsn => numeric
>>>> conversion by just subtracting '0/0'::lsn.
>>> Interesting approach. I don't want to go that far. If so, you want to change
>>> all of those functions that deal with LSNs and add some implicit conversion
>>> between text and lsn data types (for backward compatibility). As of int8, 
>>> I'm
> As long as you have the conversion, you don't really need to change
> them, do you? It might be nice in some ways, but this is still a
> pretty internal operation, so I don't see it as critical.
For correctness, yes.

At this point, my question is: do we want to support the lsn data type idea or
a basic function that implements the difference between LSNs?

   Euler Taveira de Oliveira - Timbira       http://www.timbira.com.br/
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