On Friday, March 16, 2012 09:54:47 PM Tom Lane wrote:
> Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> writes:
> > [ ctas-01.patch ]
> I'm starting to look at this now.

> For a patch that's supposed to de-complicate things, it seems pretty messy 
Yea. It started out simple but never stopped getting more complicated. Getting 
rid of the duplication still seems to make sense to me though.

> One thing I soon found is that it lacks support for EXPLAIN SELECT INTO.
> That used to work, but now you get
> regression=# explain select * into foo from tenk1;
> ERROR:  INTO is only allowed on first SELECT of UNION/INTERSECT/EXCEPT
> LINE 1: explain select * into foo from tenk1;
>                               ^
> and while fixing the parse analysis for that is probably not too hard,
> it would still fail to work nicely, since explain.c lacks support for
> CreateTableAsStmt utility statements.I think we'd have to invent
> something parallel to ExplainExecuteQuery to support this, and I really
> doubt that it's worth the trouble.  Does anyone have a problem with
> desupporting the case?
I am all for removing it.

> Also, it seems to me that the patch is spending way too much effort on
> trying to exactly duplicate the old error messages for various flavors
> of "INTO not allowed here", and still not succeeding terribly well.
> I'm inclined to just have a one-size-fits-all message in
> transformSelectStmt, which will fire if intoClause hasn't been cleared
> before we get there; any objections?
I was/am decidedly unhappy about the whole error message stuff. Thats what 
turned the patch from removing lines to making it bigger than before.
I tried to be compatible to make sure I understood what was happening. I am 
fine with making it one simple error message.

> A couple of other cosmetic thoughts: I'm tempted to split the execution
> support out into a new file, rather than bloat tablecmds.c any further;
> and I'm wondering if the interface to EXECUTE INTO can't be simplified.
> (It may have been a mistake to remove the IntoClause in ExecuteStmt.)
Hm. I vote against keeping the IntoClause stuff in ExecuteStmt. Splitting 
stuff from tablecmd.c seems sensible though.
One more thing I disliked quite a bit was the duplication of the EXECUTE 
handling. Do you see a way to deduplicate that?

If you give me some hints about what to change I am happy to revise the patch  
myself should you prefer that.


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