On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 11:30:15AM -0400, Tom Lane wrote: > Hannu Krosing <ha...@2ndquadrant.com> writes: > > On 04/24/2014 04:57 PM, Tom Lane wrote: > >> The reason why there's no generation function in core is that > >> there is no standardized, > >> guaranteed-to-produce-a-universally-unique-value generation > >> algorithm. That was the reason for not putting something in core > >> when the type was first created, and I do not see that the > >> technology has advanced. > > > Why can't we implement all 5 variants from > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universally_unique_identifier and > > just warn about the dangers in documentation ? > > Essentially, that would mean carrying around our own implementation > of libuuid --- which includes a bunch of not-terribly-portable > stuff, such as discovering the machine's MAC address(es). That's > not really something I want to see us putting project manpower into.
We don't need to do the not-terribly-portable stuff in the first round. For that, there could still be a bundled extension. The point is that UUIDs are nowhere near as usable as users have the right to expect, and we should fix that. > I wonder what it would take to adapt contrib/uuid-ossp to work on > top of some other popular implementation of that code. We pretty > much bet on the wrong horse when we picked the OSSP library to > depend on, but otherwise I think the principle of using an external > library was good. So long as we can pick another horse later, sure. Cheers, David. -- David Fetter <da...@fetter.org> http://fetter.org/ Phone: +1 415 235 3778 AIM: dfetter666 Yahoo!: dfetter Skype: davidfetter XMPP: david.fet...@gmail.com iCal: webcal://www.tripit.com/feed/ical/people/david74/tripit.ics Remember to vote! Consider donating to Postgres: http://www.postgresql.org/about/donate -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers