Robert Haas <> writes:
> On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 6:03 PM, Tom Lane <> wrote:
>> Hm, one would hope that the vast majority of code references are neither
>> of those, but rather "RELKIND_PARTITIONED_TABLE".

> For reasons which must've seemed good to whoever instituted the
> policy, pg_dump refers to relkinds using the bare letters rather than
> the constants.

Even in pg_dump, it appears to me that the large majority of relkind
references use the symbolic names.  Quite a few of the violations of
that policy look to be new ... and now that I see them, their days are

> (And protocol message types don't even have defined constants.  Uggh.)

Yeah, that's a different issue, which boils down to the fact that in order
to do anything useful we'd need to clutter client-visible namespace with
the symbols.  I wouldn't be averse to doing something about it as long as
it's not done in postgres_ext.h, but if not there where?

                        regards, tom lane

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