I'm preparing a patch to make more psql slash commands
tab-completable (\di, \dv etc-) and have come across the following dilemma:

- only relations visible in the current search path should be returned [*]
- to determine visibilty via pg_catalog.pg_table_is_visible(), the 
  relation's OID is necessary;
- using (say) pg_catalog.pg_views to obtain view names seems to be the
  "cleaner" approach (making psql independent from the backend etc.)
- views don't come with OIDs

As is psql currently uses pg_catalog.pg_views to complete view names, 
meaning it will happily tab-complete (say) DROP VIEW with a view _not_
in the current search path. If executed the statement naturally
produces the error 'ERROR: view "..." does not exist'.

Q: is there any likelihood of the pg_catalog views (pg_views, pg_tables,
   pg_indexes, pg_rules, possibly others I have missed) returning the 
   relevant OID or (probably cleaner) the result of pg_table_is_visible() 
   as a boolean?

Otherwise the only workaround will be to ignore the catalog views and
work with pg_class directly, which I will probably do, but it
feels like a step backwards.

[*] at least, this is how \d currently behaves and IMHO is intuitive.
    \d should of course operate on schema names too, to enable
    completion of relation names not in the search path; tentative
    patch will follow.

Ian Barwick

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