On 2 April 2017 at 07:53, Fabien COELHO <coe...@cri.ensmp.fr> wrote:
> Note that this is already available indirectly, as show in the
> documentation.
>   SELECT some-boolean-expression AS okay \gset
>   \if :okay
>     \echo boolean expression was true
>   \else
>     \echo boolean expression was false
>   \endif

Am I the only one who thinks that even if \if got the ability to
evaluate arbitrary SQL queries I would probably still always write
things as above? I think putting arbitrary SQL expressions (let alone
queries) would make scripts just a total mess and impossible for
humans to parse.

Whereas storing the results in psql variables and then using those
variables in \if makes even fairly complex queries and nested \if
structures straightforward.  It would also make it far clearer in what
order the queries will be evaluated and under which set of conditions.

I don't think taking a simple command line execution environment like
psql and trying to embed a complete complex language parser in it is
going to result in a sensible programming environment. Having a simple
\if <single variable> is already pushing it. If someone wanted
anything more complex I would strongly recommend switching to perl or
python before trying to code up nesting arbitrary sql in nested


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