On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 9:56 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> I wrote:
>> Ashutosh Bapat <ashutosh.ba...@enterprisedb.com> writes:
>>> UNKNOWN is not exactly a pseudo-type.
>> Well, as I said to Michael just now, I think we should turn it into one
>> now that we're disallowing it in tables, because "cannot be used as a
>> table column" is more or less the definition of a pseudotype.
> I experimented with this, and it actually doesn't seem to be any harder
> than the attached: there's one type_sanity query that changes results,
> and otherwise all the regression tests pass.
> I've grepped the code for references to UNKNOWNOID and TYPTYPE_PSEUDO,
> and I can't find any places where the behavior would change in a way
> that we don't want.  Basically it looks like we'd disallow UNKNOWN as
> a domain base, a PL function argument or result, and a plpgsql local
> variable; and all of those seem like good things from here.

Thanks. I think this brings unknown in line with record, internal,
void etc. and that's good. That's really where it should be.

I thought this code in CreateCast would create problem.

    /* No pseudo-types allowed */
    if (sourcetyptype == TYPTYPE_PSEUDO)
                 errmsg("source data type %s is a pseudo-type",

    if (targettyptype == TYPTYPE_PSEUDO)
                 errmsg("target data type %s is a pseudo-type",

This means that the user can not create a cast to or from unknown
type. But then there's following code in can_coerce_type()
         * If input is an untyped string constant, assume we can convert it to
         * anything.
        if (inputTypeId == UNKNOWNOID)
which would allow any kind of cast. But in coerce_type(), we seem to
handle case of unknown constants explicitly. But I think with the
earlier patch, we will be left with only the constant literals of
unknown type. So, we are fine. But I think we will have to watch for
any such casts created by users in pg_dump and pg_upgrade. Similarly
for transforms, range(?).

Best Wishes,
Ashutosh Bapat
EnterpriseDB Corporation
The Postgres Database Company

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