On 07/21/2016 06:49 AM, Tom Lane wrote:
David Fetter <da...@fetter.org> writes:
Please find attached a patch which makes it possible to disallow
UPDATEs and DELETEs which lack a WHERE clause.  As this changes query
behavior, I've made the new GUCs PGC_SUSET.

What say?


-1.  This is an express violation of the SQL standard, and at least the
UPDATE case has reasonable use-cases.  Moreover, if your desire is to have
training wheels for SQL, there are any number of other well-known gotchas
that are just as dangerous, for example ye olde unintentionally-correlated

Yes but I used to teach a weak long class on relational databases using PostgreSQL. The entire week I would iterate over and over and over that you never use an UPDATE or DELETE without a transaction. Toward the end of the class we would being do problem sets that included UPDATE and DELETE. Guess how many would trash their data because they didn't use a WHERE clause AND didn't use a transaction? 50%

These weren't kids, these weren't neophytes to technology. These were professionals, many of them programmers (PICK).

I wouldn't have any objection to an extension that enforces rules like
these, but I don't think it belongs in core.

I agree it doesn't need to be in core.


                        regards, tom lane

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