On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 02:39:54PM -0500, Merlin Moncure wrote:
> On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 2:13 PM, David Fetter <da...@fetter.org> wrote:
> > On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 01:28:11PM -0500, Merlin Moncure wrote:
> >> On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 12:10 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> >> > Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> writes:
> >> >> discussing executor performance with a number of people at pgcon,
> >> >> several hackers - me included - complained about the additional
> >> >> complexity, both code and runtime, required to handle SRFs in the target
> >> >> list.
> >> >
> >> > Yeah, this has been an annoyance for a long time.
> >> >
> >> >> One idea I circulated was to fix that by interjecting a special executor
> >> >> node to process SRF containing targetlists (reusing Result possibly?).
> >> >> That'd allow to remove the isDone argument from ExecEval*/ExecProject*
> >> >> and get rid of ps_TupFromTlist which is fairly ugly.
> >> >
> >> > Would that not lead to, in effect, duplicating all of execQual.c? The
> >> > new
> >> > executor node would still have to be prepared to process all expression
> >> > node types.
> >> >
> >> >> Robert suggested - IIRC mentioning previous on-list discussion - to
> >> >> instead rewrite targetlist SRFs into lateral joins. My gut feeling is
> >> >> that that'd be a larger undertaking, with significant semantics changes.
> >> >
> >> > Yes, this was discussed on-list awhile back (I see David found a
> >> > reference
> >> > already). I think it's feasible, although we'd first have to agree
> >> > whether we want to remain bug-compatible with the old
> >> > least-common-multiple-of-the-periods behavior. I would vote for not,
> >> > but it's certainly a debatable thing.
> >> +1 on removing LCM.
> > As a green field project, that would make total sense. As a thing
> > decades in, it's not clear to me that that would break less stuff or
> > break it worse than simply disallowing SRFs in the target list, which
> > has been rejected on bugward-compatibility grounds. I suspect it
> > would be even worse because disallowing SRFs in target lists would at
> > least be obvious and localized when it broke code.
> If I'm reading this correctly, it sounds to me like you are making the
> case that removing target list SRF completely would somehow cause less
> breakage than say, rewriting it to a LATERAL based implementation for
Making SRFs in target lists throw an error is a thing that will be
pretty straightforward to deal with in extant code bases, whatever
size of pain in the neck it might be. The line of code that caused
the error would be very clear, and the fix would be very obvious.
Making their behavior different in some way that throws no warnings is
guaranteed to cause subtle and hard to track bugs in extant code
bases. We lost not a few existing users when we caused similar
knock-ons in 8.3 by removing automated casts to text.
I am no longer advocating for removing the functionality. I am just
pointing out that the knock-on effects of changing the functionality
may well cause more pain than the ones from removing it entirely.
> With more than a little forbearance, let's just say I don't agree.
If you'd be so kind as to explain your reasons, I think we'd all
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