PostGIS installs standard constraints of this kind:

  CHECK (geometrytype(g) = 'POINT'::text OR g IS NULL)

The constraint is used by constraint_exclusion if using this condition:

  WHERE g IS NOT NULL AND geometrytype(g) = 'LINESTRING'

But it is _NOT_ used if the NOT NULL condition is removed:

  WHERE geometrytype(g) = 'LINESTRING'

As the "geometrytype" is defined as STRICT and IMMUTABLE, there's
no way for geometrytype(g) = 'LINESTRING' to hold true, so why
is the "IS NOT NULL" condition also needed by the planner ?

Andres Freund on IRC suggested that predicate_refuted_by_simple_clause()
looks like trying to handle such cases, but if that's the case it seems
to fail here.

--strk; 


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