Petr Jelinek <> writes:
> On 14/03/16 02:43, Kouhei Kaigai wrote:
>> Even though I couldn't check the new planner implementation entirely,
>> it seems to be the points below are good candidate to inject CustomPath
>> (and potentially ForeignScan).
>> - create_grouping_paths
>> - create_window_paths
>> - create_distinct_paths
>> - create_ordered_paths
>> - just below of the create_modifytable_path
>> (may be valuable for foreign-update pushdown)

> To me that seems too low inside the planning tree, perhaps adding it
> just to the subquery_planner before SS_identify_outer_params would be
> better, that's the place where you see the path for the whole (sub)query
> so you can search and modify what you need from there.

I don't like either of those too much.  The main thing I've noticed over
the past few days is that you can't readily generate custom upper-level
Paths unless you know what PathTarget grouping_planner is expecting each
level to produce.  So what I was toying with doing is (1) having
grouping_planner put all those targets into the PlannerInfo, perhaps
in an array indexed by UpperRelationKind; and (2) adding a hook call
immediately after those targets are computed, say right before
the create_grouping_paths() call (approximately planner.c:1738
in HEAD).  It should be sufficient to have one hook there since
you can inject Paths into any of the upper relations at that point;
moreover, that's late enough that you shouldn't have to recompute
anything you figured out during scan/join planning.

Now, a simple hook function is probably about the best we can offer
CustomScan providers, since we don't really know what they're going
to do.  But I'm pretty unenthused about telling FDW authors to use
such a hook, because generally speaking they're simply going to waste
cycles finding out that they aren't involved in a given query.
It would be better if we invent an FDW callback that's meant to be
invoked at this stage, but only call it for FDW(s) actively involved
in the query.  I'm not sure exactly what that ought to look like though.
Maybe only call the FDW identified as possible owner of the topmost
scan/join relation?

                        regards, tom lane

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