Just following up here since I haven't gotten a reply -- I'd love to work
with someone from the Postgres community on a plan to make the
tsearch_extras functionality available as part of mainline postgres.

        -Tim Abbott

On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 9:41 PM, Tim Abbott <tabb...@mit.edu> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm a maintainer of the Zulip open source group chat application.  Zulip
> depends on a small (~200 lines) postgres extension called tsearch_extras (
> https://github.com/zbenjamin/tsearch_extras) that returns the actual
> (offset, length) pairs of all the matches for a postgres full text search
> query.  This extension allows Zulip to do its own highlighting of the full
> text search matches, using a more complicated method than what Postgres
> supports natively.
> I think tsearch_extras is probably of value to others using postgres
> full-text search (and I'd certainly love to get out of the business of
> maintaining an out-of-tree postgres extension), so I'm wondering if this
> feature (or a variant of it) would be of interest to upstream?
> Thanks!
>         -Tim Abbott
> (See
> http://www.postgresql.org/message-id/flat/52c7186d.8010...@strangersgate.com#52c7186d.8010...@strangersgate.com
> for the discussion on postgres mailing lists that caused us to write this
> module in the first place.)

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