On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 10:54 PM, Alvaro Herrera
<alvhe...@commandprompt.com> wrote:
> I agree with Robert that this usage of ALTER TABLE ONLY is slightly
> different from other usages of the same command, but I disagree that
> this means that we need another command to do what we want to do here.
> IOW, I prefer to keep the syntax we have.

Another disadvantage of the current syntax becomes evident when you
look at the pg_dump output.  If you pg_dump a regular constraint, the
constraint gets added as part of the table definition, and the rows
are all checked as they are inserted.  If you pg_dump an ONLY
constraint, the constraint gets added after loading the data,
requiring an additional full-table scan to validate it.

>> > I am tempted to say we should revert this and rethink.  I don't
>> > believe we are only a small patch away from finding all the bugs here.
>> Sure, if we all think that CREATE TABLE should support ONLY CONSTRAINT type
>> of syntax, then +1 for reverting this and a subsequent revised submission.
> I don't think this is a given ...  In fact, IMO if we're only two or
> three fixes away from having it all nice and consistent, I think
> reverting is not necessary.

Sure.  It's the "if" part of that sentence that I'm not too sure about.

Robert Haas
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