Mark Dilger <> writes:
>> On Mar 14, 2016, at 5:12 PM, Vitaly Burovoy <> wrote:
>> I don't think it is real, and even in such case all constants are
>> collected together in the file and will be found and changed at once.

> I agree that they would be found at once.  I disagree that the example
> is not real, as I have changed the postgres epoch myself in some builds,
> to be able to use int32 timestamps on small devices.

I concur with Vitaly that it's not this patch's job to make it easier to
change the epoch date.  If you want to submit a patch for that purpose,
you're welcome to.

I have a bigger problem though: I see that the patch enforces AD 294277
as the endpoint for both integer and floating-point datetimes.  This
contradicts the statement in the docs (section 8.5) that

    Note that using floating-point datetimes allows a larger range of
    timestamp values to be represented than shown above: from 4713 BC up
    to 5874897 AD.

Since that is just about the only non-historical reason why somebody might
wish to use float timestamps, I'm rather reluctant to remove the feature,
especially without any discussion --- and I don't see any discussion of
this point upthread.

My feeling is we ought to preserve the old behavior here, which would
involve making JULIAN_MAXYEAR_FOR_TIMESTAMPS format-dependent and
adjusting the float values for the two derived constants; not much of a
problem code-wise.  I think though that it would break quite a number of
the proposed new regression tests for the float case.  TBH, I thought
the number of added test cases was rather excessive anyway, so I wouldn't
have a problem with just leaving out whichever ones don't pass with both
build options.


                        regards, tom lane

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