On 1/18/16 4:21 PM, Robert Haas wrote:
> One idea that occurs to me is: If you can DECLARE BAR FOO%TYPE, but
> then you want to make BAR an array of that type rather than a scalar,
> why not write that as DECLARE BAR FOO%TYPE? That seems quite
> natural to me.
Right, and it's arguably dubious that that doesn't already work.
Unfortunately, these % things are just random plpgsql parser hacks, not
real types. Maybe this should be done in the main PostgreSQL parser
with parameter hooks, if we wanted this feature to be available outside
plpgsql as well.
> I think the part of this patch that makes %TYPE work for more kinds of
> types is probably a good idea, although I haven't carefully studied
> exactly what it does.
I agree that this should be more general. For instance, this patch
would allow you to get the element type of an array-typed variable, but
there is no way to get the element type of just another type. If we
could do something like
var ELEMENT OF point;
(not necessary that syntax)
var ELEMENT OF othervar%TYPE;
should just fall into place.
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