> > > So for now, you create an empty partitioned table specifying all the > partition keys without being able to define any partitions in the same > statement. Partitions (and partitions thereof, if any) will be created > using CREATE PARTITION statements, one for each. >
...and I would assume that any attempt to insert into a partitioned table with no partitions (or lacking partitions at a defined level) would be an error? If so, I'd be ok with that. > Specifying range partitioning bound as PARTITION FOR RANGE <range-literal> > sounds like it offers some flexibility, which can be seen as a good thing. > But it tends to make internal logic slightly complicated. > > Whereas, saying PARTITION FOR VALUES LESS THAN (max1, max2, ...) is > notationally simpler still and easier to work with internally. Also, there > will be no confusion about exclusivity of the bound if we document it so. I understand wanting the internal rules to be simple. Oracle clearly went with VALUES LESS THAN waterfalls for that reason. What I'm hoping to avoid is: - having to identify my "year2014" partition by VALUES LESS THAN '2015-01-01', a bit of cognitive dissonance defining data by what it's not. - and then hoping that there is a year2013 partition created by someone with similar sensibilities, the partition definition being incomplete outside of the context of other partition definitions. - and then further hoping that nobody drops the year2013 partition, thus causing new 2013 rows to fall into the year2014 partition, a side effect of an operation that did not mention the year2014 partition. Range types do that, and if we're concerned about range type overhead, we're only dealing with the ranges at DDL time, we can break down the ATR rules into a more easily digestible form once the partition is modified. Range continuity can be tested with -|-, but we'd only need to test for overlaps: gaps in ranges are sometimes a feature, not a bug (ex: I don't want any rows from future dates and we weren't in business before 1997). Also, VALUES LESS THAN forces us to use discrete values. There is no way with to express with VALUES LESS THAN partitions that have float values for temperature: ice (,0.0), water [0.0,212.0], steam (212.0,3000.0], plasma (3000.0,). Yes, I can calculate the day after the last day in a year, I can use 212.0000000001, I can write code to rigorously check that all partitions are in place. I'd just rather not. p.s. I'm really excited about what this will bring to Postgres in general and my organization in particular. This feature alone will help chip away at our needs for Vertica and Redshift clusters. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.