Alvaro Herrera <> writes:
> Robert Haas wrote:
>> True.  I think the question here is: do we want to view the dependency
>> between a partitioned table and a partition of that table as
>> DEPENDENCY_NORMAL or as DEPENDENCY_AUTO?  With table inheritance, it's
>> always been "normal" and I'm not sure there's any good reason for
>> partitioning to make the opposite decision.

> I think new-style partitioning is supposed to consider each partition as
> an implementation detail of the table; the fact that you can manipulate
> partitions separately does not really mean that they are their own
> independent object.  You don't stop to think "do I really want to drop
> the TOAST table attached to this main table?" and attach a CASCADE
> clause if so.  You just drop the main table, and the toast one is
> dropped automatically.  I think new-style partitions should behave
> equivalently.

I agree with Alvaro's position.  If you need CASCADE to get rid of the
individual partitions, that's going to be a serious usability fail.

                        regards, tom lane

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