On 9/12/16 1:14 AM, Craig Ringer wrote:
> I would've expected once per query. There's no way the expressions can
> reference the row data, so there's no reason to evaluate them each
> The only use case I see for evaluating them each time is - maybe -
> DEFAULT. Where maybe there's a use for nextval() or other volatile
> functions. But honestly, I think that's better done explicitly in a
> post-pass, i.e.
> select uuid_generate_v4(), x.*
> from (
> xmltable(.....) x
> in cases where that's what the user actually wants.
> There's no other case I can think of where expressions as arguments to
> set-returning functions are evaluated once per output row.
The SQL standard appears to show what the behavior ought to be:
<XML table> is equivalent to
LATERAL ( XNDC
SELECT SLI1 AS CN1, SLI2 AS CN2, ..., SLINC AS CNNC FROM XMLITERATE (
XMLQUERY ( XTRP XQAL
RETURNING SEQUENCE BY REF EMPTY ON EMPTY ) )
AS I ( V, N )
) AS CORR DCLP
and SLIj is
CASE WHEN XEj
THEN XMLCAST( XQCj AS DTj CPMj )
ELSE DEFj END
where DEFj is the default expression.
So simplified it is
LATERAL ( SELECT CASE WHEN ... ELSE DEFj END, ... FROM something )
which indicates that the default expression is evaluated for every row.
If we're not sure about all this, it might be worth restricting the
default expressions to stable or immutable expressions for the time being.
Peter Eisentraut http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/
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