On September 5, 2016 7:26:42 AM PDT, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
>Simon Riggs <si...@2ndquadrant.com> writes:
>> On 4 September 2016 at 23:17, Greg Stark <st...@mit.edu> wrote:
>>> So? Clients expect changes like this between major releases surely.
>>> Subtle changes that cause silent breakage for end-users seems
>>> than unsubtle breakage that tool authors can fix.
>> Agreed; some change in the behaviour if SELECT * FROM sequence is
>> effectively part of this proposal. I was going to make the same
>> comment myself.
>Well, if we're going to blow off compatibility on that score, I suggest
>that we blow it off all the way.  Make sequences not be relations
>and what you do instead of "SELECT * FROM sequence" is "SELECT * FROM
>pg_sequences WHERE seqname = 'sequence'".  Or more likely, since
>should still belong to schemas, we need a "regsequence" OID-alias type
>like "regclass" and you do "SELECT * FROM pg_sequences WHERE oid =
>The main problem I can see with this is that serial columns will
>have default expressions that are written out as
>"nextval('foo_f1_seq'::regclass)".  I do not think we can afford to
>dumps containing that, but I'm not sure how to get the regclass cast
>replaced with a regsequence cast.

Why not just continue having a pgclass entry, but no relfilenode?
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