On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 3:21 PM, Ryan Pedela <rped...@datalanche.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 11:59 AM, Alvaro Herrera <alvhe...@2ndquadrant.com>
> wrote:
>> * Should we prohibit DDL from within event triggers?
> Please don't prohibit DDL unless there is a really, really good reason to do
> so. I have several use cases in mind for event triggers, but they are only
> useful if I can perform DDL.
> For example, I want to create an Elasticsearch FDW and use that to index and
> search Postgres tables. When a table is created, I am planning to use an
> event trigger to capture the CREATE event and automatically create a foreign
> table via the Elasticsearch FDW. In addition, I would add normal triggers to
> the new table which capture DML and update the foreign table accordingly. In
> other words, I want to use FDWs and event triggers to automatically sync
> table DDL and DML to Elasticsearch.

+1.  I think that if it's unsafe to run DDL from with event triggers,
then that might be a sign that it's not safe to run *any* user-defined
code at that location.  I think it's the job of the event trigger to
make sure that it doesn't assume anything about what may have changed
while the user-defined code was running.

Robert Haas
EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com
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