Robert Haas <> writes:
> On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM, Andres Freund <> wrote:
>> Except that we don't have the infrastructure to perform such checks
>> (neither partial, nor expression indexes, no exclusion constraints) on
>> system tables atm. So it's not a entirely trivial thing to do.

> I'm probably woefully underinformed here, but it seems like getting
> exclusion constraints working might be simpler than partial indexes or
> expression indexes, because both of those involve being able to
> evaluate arbitrary predicates, whereas exclusion constraints just
> involve invoking index access methods to look for conflicting rows via
> smarts built into your index AM.  The latter seems to involve less
> risk of circularity (but I might be wrong).

You might be right.  I don't think anyone's ever looked at what it
would take to support that particular case.  We have looked at the
other cases and run away screaming ... but I think that was before
exclusion constraints existed.

                        regards, tom lane

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