Moving to -hackers.

> Unfortunately, having all my users run contrib/adddepend isn't an
> option for me.  However, that script does contain a good deal of
> information that I may be able to use for detecting old-style foreign
> key constraints in my own code.

I assume you're doing the database upgrade for them or providing
instructions?  Could this be a mandatory portion of that process?

> Okay, more questions:
> I see that adddepend detects old-style foreign key constraints by
> looking for groups of 3 triggers having 6 or more identical function
> arguments.  Is that the best way to do it?  It occurs to me that an
> alternative might be to find triggers that call RI_FKey_check_ins()
> and have the tgisconstraint flag set.  Will either approach be safe in
> postgres 7.4?  Perhaps a combination of the two would be best?

Yes, a combination of the two would probably be better.  You would need
to be careful about function call names for FKeys, there are a fair
number of them.  Checking for 3 triggers with the function name starting
with RI_FKey* would probably be better.

That said, I've not heard of any issues with the current implementation
of adddepend, which is also used in a few other well used programs.


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