Ok, that adds some clarity.  Have base types (int32, etc) had the same
oid values for a significant number of versions of PgSQL?  What I am
getting at is this:  can I hard code oid values into an access layer for
PgSQL?  I see that the Java driver uses select statements back into the
db to determine the datatype for a given oid.  I know for user-defined
types that is required, but for base types is it required?

And thanks for the reply!


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Lane [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Sunday, January 05, 2003 12:42 AM
> To: Reggie Burnett
> Subject: Re: [HACKERS] pgsql oid question
> "Reggie Burnett" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > I have started experimenting with an access layer for pgsql and have
> > question.  I had someone on this list tell me that the oid values
> > come back from the server are tag identifiers for that row/column
> > combination and are not type indicators.
> I think your someone is confused. There are no identifiers associated
> with row/column combinations.
> > Yet, when I create multiple
> > tables/columns each having the same type (int32), the same oid keeps
> > being returned.
> The OIDs returned in RowDescription messages uniquely identify
> (more specifically, pg_type rows).  They will be stable short of DROP
> TYPE/CREATE TYPE shenanigans.  (However, user-defined types might not
> get the same OIDs assigned after a dump/reload cycle.  It's probably
> reasonable to treat type OIDs as stable for the life of a connection,
> but not as constants of nature.)
> OIDs are also used for other purposes, so your confusion may stem from
> confusing pg_type OIDs with other OIDs.  In the current system
> implementation, OIDs are unique row identifiers only within individual
> tables --- perhaps not even then, if the table doesn't have a unique
> index on its OID field.  Thus, a pg_type OID uniquely identifies a
> datatype, but that doesn't mean that the same OID number could not
> appear in pg_class, pg_rewrite, or other system or user tables.
>                       regards, tom lane

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