On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> writes:
>> On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 8:52 AM, ash <a...@commandprompt.com> wrote:
>>> Should this fail, the user will have to work around it, but most of the
>>> time it could just work.
>> You're either missing or choosing to ignore the point that I'm making,
>> which is that we *don't have* the text form of the view anywhere.
> Even if we did, I don't think it'd affect this decision.
> The real problem in my mind is one of user expectations.  If the database
> silently does something behind your back, people expect that that action
> will be *right* and they don't have to worry about it.  I don't think
> that automatically reparsing views has much chance of clearing that bar.

I agree, but I think it's important to note that Alex's complaint is
not unique - the way things work now is a real source of frustration
for users.  In a previous job, I wrote a schema-upgrade script that
dropped all of the views in reverse creation order, applied the schema
updates, and then recreated all the views. This worked, but it was a
lot of hassle that I would have preferred to avoid, and in a
higher-volume application, simultaneously grabbing exclusive locks on
a large number of critical views would have been a non-starter.  In
the job before that, I did the same thing manually, which was no fun
at all.  This was actually what posted me to write one of my first
patches, committed by Bruce as

>From a technical standpoint, I'm not very sure what to do to further
improve the situation - which I will broadly characterize as "view
dependency hell" - but if I did have such an idea I might be willing
to take a modest risk of user confusion if it seemed likely to also
reduce user frustration.

Robert Haas
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