On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 2:59 PM, Andreas Karlsson <andr...@proxel.se> wrote:
> On 02/07/2017 03:14 PM, Daniele Varrazzo wrote:
>> In psycopg '{}'::unknown is treated specially as an empty array and
>> converted into an empty list, which allows empty lists to be passed to
>> the server as arrays and returned back to python. Without the special
>> case, empty lists behave differently from non-empty ones. It seems
>> this behaviour cannot be maintained on PG 10 and instead users need to
>> specify some form of cast for their placeholder. Previously this would
>> have worked "as expected" and the 4th argument would have been an
>> empty list:
>> cur.execute("SELECT %s, %s, %s, %s", (['x'], [42], [date(2017,1,1)],
>> [])); cur.fetchone()
>> (['x'], [42], [datetime.date(2017, 1, 1)], '{}')
> As Tom wrote this is the result of an intentional change, but no matter if
> that change is a good thing or not the above behavior sounds rather fragile.
> To me it does not seem safe to by default just assume that '{}' means the
> empty array, it might also have been intended to be the Python string "{}",
> the empty JSON object, or entirely something different.

Yes, it could be actually the case to drop it. The case for it is
quite thin anyway: if something comes from a query it will usually
have a type attached.

-- Daniele

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