On 1/5/17, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Vitaly Burovoy <vitaly.buro...@gmail.com> writes:
>> On 1/5/17, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
>>> My point is that ideally, any value that can physically fit into struct
>>> Interval ought to be considered valid.  The fact that interval_out can't
>>> cope is a bug in interval_out, which ideally we would fix without
>>> artificially restricting the range of the datatype.
>> Am I correct that we are still limited by ECPG which is limited by the
>> system "tm" struct?
> I'm not really that concerned about whether ECPG can deal with enormous
> intervals.  If it bothers you, and you want to go fix it, more power to
> you --- but I think fixing the backend is much higher priority.

I really do not think it is possible since it uses system struct.
My point - ECPG is a part of Postgres, we can't fix server side and
leave the rest.

>> Also users who use a binary protocol can also use the "tm" struct and
>> can not expect overflow.
> If they store an enormous interval value, its really up to them not to
> choke on it when they read it back.  Not our problem.

Those who store and those who read it back can be different groups of people.
For example, the second group are libraries' writers.
My point - that interval is big enough and limiting it can help people
from errors.
Because finally
* either they have an error in their data and that change will not
break their reslut (since it is wrong because of wrong source data)
* or they still get overflow and they have to find a solution - with
that patch or without it
* or they get result in that 16% interval between fitting hours into
"int" and "seconds" in PG_INT64, get silently corrupted result because
of ECPG or a library.

A solution for the third case can be the same as for the second one
because these groups can be the same (just with different data).

>> The docs say[1] the highest value of the interval type is 178_000_000
>> years which is
> ... irrelevant really.  That's talking about the largest possible value of
> the "months" field, viz (2^31-1)/12.  Perhaps we ought to document the
> other field limits, but right now there's nothing there about how large
> the hours field can get.

No, it was bad explanation of a point - now there is nothing
documented about "seconds" part of the "interval" type.
And we can just declare limit. Users don't mind reason of limitation,
they just will plan workaround if their data do not fit in limits
whatever they are.

Best regards,
Vitaly Burovoy

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