On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM, David E. Wheeler <da...@justatheory.com>wrote:
> On Nov 16, 2013, at 4:40 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> >> Co-worker asked a question I could not answer: Why is IF NOT EXISTS not
> supported by CREATE TABLE AS?
> > That's an even worse idea than plain CREATE IF NOT EXISTS (which was
> > put in over vocal objections from me and some other people). Not only
> > would you not have the faintest clue as to the properties of the table
> > afterwards, but no clue as to its contents either.
> You mean that, after running it, one cannot tell whether or not a new
> table was created or not without looking at it? I guess that makes sense,
> though sometimes I like to tell the system to assume that I know what I’m
> doing -- e.g., that either outcome works for me.
> Not essential as a core feature, mind you; I can use DO to accomplish the
> same thing. It’s just a bit more work that way. And perhaps that’s for the
I'm planning to implement it for the next commit fest (2014-01)...
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