Robert Haas <> writes:
> Well, on second thought, I'm no longer sure that this approach makes
> sense.  I mean, it's obviously wrong for constraint-merging to change
> the validity marking on a constraint, but that does not necessarily
> imply that we shouldn't merge the constraints, does it?  I see the
> downthread discussion saying that it's a problem if the parent's
> constraint is marked valid while the child's constraint isn't, but I
> don't quite understand why that situation would cause trouble.  In
> other words, I see that the current situation is not good, but I'm not
> sure I understand what's going on here well enough to be confident
> that any of the proposed fixes are correct.

The point I think is that a valid CHECK constraint on a parent table
should imply that all rows fetched by "SELECT * FROM table" will pass
the check.  Therefore, a situation with valid parent constraint and
not-valid child constraint is bad because it might allow some rows
fetched by an inheritance scan to not pass the check.  Quite aside from
any user-level expectations, this could break planner optimizations.

I'd be satisfied with the upthread proposal "throw error if the child has
a matching not-valid constraint".  Allowing the merge if both child
and new parent constraint are not-valid is all right as an extension,
but it seems like a feature with a mighty narrow use case, and I would
not go far out of our way to support it.  Causing the command to not
merge but instead create a new duplicate child constraint seems like a
seriously bad idea (though I'm not sure that anyone was advocating for

                        regards, tom lane

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