"Marc G. Fournier" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Who implemented SIMILAR TO in the first place? 

Thomas.  He put in the syntax, but as it stands it's simply syntactic
sugar for ~ --- that is, our Posix-compatible regex match operator.
Since the spec demands very non-Posix behavior, this is wrong.

AFAICS, getting SIMILAR TO to operate per spec would require adding some
sort of translation function that converts the spec-style pattern into
a Posix pattern that our regex match engine would handle.  This would at
least require adding ^ and $ around the pattern, converting the escape
character if any, and translating % and _ into .* and . respectively.
There are probably some differences of detail that we'd need to fix
later, but that would get it to a state where we need not be ashamed
to release it.

We already have a similar mechanism for handling LIKE ... ESCAPE
clauses, so it doesn't seem too difficult to do.  But I haven't got
time for it...

                        regards, tom lane

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