On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 4:32 AM, Peter Moser <pitiz...@gmail.com> wrote: >> Using common terms such as ALIGN and NORMALIZE for such a specific >> functionality seems a bit wrong. > > Would ALIGN RANGES/RANGE ALIGN and NORMALIZE RANGES/RANGE NORMALIZE be better > options? We are also thankful for any suggestion or comments about the syntax.
So it seems like an ALIGN or NORMALIZE option is kind of like a JOIN, except apparently there's no join type and the optimizer can never reorder these operations with each other or with other joins. Is that right? The optimizer changes in this patch seem fairly minimal, so I'm guessing it can't be doing anything very complex here. What happens if you perform the ALIGN or NORMALIZE operation using something other than an equality operator, like, say, less-than? Or an arbitrary user-defined operator. There's no documentation in this patch. I'm not sure you want to go to the trouble of writing SGML documentation until this has been reviewed enough that it has a real chance of getting committed, but on the other hand we're obviously all struggling to understand what it does, so I think if not SGML documentation it at least needs a real clear explanation of what the syntax is and does in a README or something, even just for initial review. We don't have anything quite like this in PostgreSQL today. An ordinary join just matches up things in relation A and relation B and outputs the matching rows, and something like a SRF takes a set of input rows and returns a set of output rows. This is a hybrid - it takes in two sets of rows, one from each relation being joined, and produces a derived set of output rows that takes into account both inputs. + * INPUT: + * (r ALIGN s ON q WITH (r.ts, r.te, s.ts, s.te)) c + * where q can be any join qualifier, and r.ts, r.te, s.ts, and s.t e + * can be any column name. + * + * OUTPUT: + * ( + * SELECT r.*, GREATEST(r.ts, s.ts) P1, LEAST(r.te, s.te) P2 + * FROM + * ( + * SELECT *, row_id() OVER () rn FROM r + * ) r + * LEFT OUTER JOIN + * s + * ON q AND r.ts < s.te AND r.te > s.ts + * ORDER BY rn, P1, P2 + * ) c It's hard to see what's going on here. What's ts? What's te? If you used longer names for these things, it might be a bit more self-documenting. If we are going to transform an ALIGN operator in to a left outer join, why do we also have an executor node for it? + fcLowerLarg = makeFuncCall(SystemFuncName("lower"), + list_make1(crLargTs), + UNKNOWN_LOCATION); + fcLowerRarg = makeFuncCall(SystemFuncName("lower"), + list_make1(crRargTs), + UNKNOWN_LOCATION); + fcUpperLarg = makeFuncCall(SystemFuncName("upper"), + list_make1(crLargTs), + UNKNOWN_LOCATION); + fcUpperRarg = makeFuncCall(SystemFuncName("upper"), + list_make1(crRargTs), + UNKNOWN_LOCATION); Why is a temporal operator calling functions that upper-case and lower-case strings? In one sense this whole function (and much of the nearby code) is very straightforward code and you can see exactly why it's doing it. In another sense it's totally inscrutable: WHY is it doing any of that stuff? - char *strategy; /* partitioning strategy ('list' or 'range') */ - List *partParams; /* List of PartitionElems */ - int location; /* token location, or -1 if unknown */ + char *strategy; /* partitioning strategy ('list' or 'range') */ + List *partParams; /* List of PartitionElems */ + int location; /* token location, or -1 if unknown */ I think this is some kind of mistake on your end while generating the patch. It looks like you patched one version of the source code, and diffed against another. -- Robert Haas EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com The Enterprise PostgreSQL Company -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers