Michael Paquier <michael.paqu...@gmail.com> writes:
> On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 10:34 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
>> My feeling is that we'd keep
>> the pg_attribute.attnotnull field and continue to drive actual enforcement
>> off that, but it would just reflect a summary of the pg_constraint state.

> OK, I see. Hm, by storing this information I would actually think that
> we want to drop this attnotnull so as we don't need to bother about
> updating pg_attribute through the whole tree when dropping a NOT NULL
> constraint on the parent, and we do not actually need to store this
> information in two different places..

There are a couple of reasons for not removing attnotnull: one is to not
need to touch the executor for this, and another is to not break
client-side code that is accustomed to looking at attnotnull.

                        regards, tom lane

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