On Sun, Jun 5, 2016 at 4:28 PM, Michael Paquier
<michael.paqu...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 5, 2016 at 12:29 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
>> Michael Paquier <michael.paqu...@gmail.com> writes:
>>> This is still failing:
>>> =# select indexdef from pg_catalog.pg_indexes where indexdef is not NULL;
>>> ERROR:  XX000: cache lookup failed for index 2619
>>> LOCATION:  pg_get_indexdef_worker, ruleutils.c:1054
>>> Do we want to improve at least the error message?
>> Maybe we should just make the function silently return NULL if the OID
>> doesn't refer to an index relation.  There's precedent for that sort
>> of behavior ...
> For views it is simply returned "Not a view", and for rules that's
> "-". All the others behave like similarly to indexes:
> =# select pg_get_constraintdef(0);
> ERROR:  XX000: cache lookup failed for constraint 0
> =# select pg_get_triggerdef(0);
> ERROR:  XX000: could not find tuple for trigger 0
> =# select pg_get_functiondef(0);
> ERROR:  XX000: cache lookup failed for function 0
> =# select pg_get_viewdef(0);
>  pg_get_viewdef
> ----------------
>  Not a view
> (1 row)
> =# select pg_get_ruledef(0);
>  pg_get_ruledef
> ----------------
>  -
> (1 row)
> So yes we could just return NULL for all of them, or make them throw
> an error. Anyway, my vote goes for a HEAD-only change, and just throw
> NULL... This way an application still has the option to fallback to
> something else with a CASE at SQL level without using plpgsql to catch
> the error.
> Also, I have not monitored the code much regarding some code paths
> that rely on the existing rules, but I would imagine that there are
> things depending on the current behavior as well.

Still, on back branches I think that it would be a good idea to have a
better error message for the ones that already throw an error, like
"trigger with OID %u does not exist". Switching from elog to ereport
would be a good idea, but wouldn't it be a problem to change what is

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