2016-01-14 17:16 GMT+01:00 Catalin Iacob <iacobcata...@gmail.com>:

> On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 7:40 PM, Jim Nasby <jim.na...@bluetreble.com>
> wrote:
> > On 1/12/16 11:25 AM, Catalin Iacob wrote:
> >> They're similar but not really the same thing. raise Error and
> >> plpy.error are both ways to call ereport(ERROR, ...) while SPIError is
> >> raised when coming back after calling into Postgres to execute SQL
> >> that itself raises an error. Now indeed, that executed SQL raised an
> >> error itself via another ereport(ERROR, ...) somewhere but that's a
> >> different thing.
> >
> >
> > Why should they be different? An error is an error. You either want to
> trap
> > a specific type of error or you don't. Having two completely different
> ways
> > to do the same thing is just confusing.
> With my (indeed limited) understanding, I don't agree they're the same
> thing and I tried to explain above why I think they're quite
> different. You may not agree. If they are different things, using
> different exception types is natural.
> Consider this call chain: SQL code 1 -> PL/Python code 1 -> SPI (via
> plpy.execute) -> SQL code 2 -> PL/Python code 2
> If I'm writing PL/Python code 1 and I want to raise an error toward
> SQL code 1 I use raise plpy.Error. plpy.SPIError is what I get if I
> call into SQL code 2 and that has an error. That error could indeed
> come from a plpy.Error thrown by PL/Python code 2 or it could come
> from a SQL syntax error or whatever. But the symmetry holds:
> plpy.Error is what you raise to stop the query and return errors to
> your SQL caller and plpy.SPIError is what you get back if you use SPI
> to execute some other piece of SQL which has an error. I *think* (I'm
> an internals newbie though so I could be wrong) that SQL code 1
> doesn't call into PL/Python code 1 via SPI so why would the latter use
> something called SPIError to inform the former about an error?

It is not correct - outside PLPython you got a Error (PostgreSQL error has
not any classes), and isn't important the raising class (Error or
SPIError). Inside PL/Python you will got SPIError or successors (based on

Currently If I raise plpy.Error, then it is immediately trasformed to
PostgreSQL, and and then to SPIError and successors.

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