On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 10:34 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Maintaining such a property for float8 (and the types that depend on it)
> might be possible if you believe that nobody ever uses anything but IEEE
> floats, but we've never allowed that as a hard assumption before.

This is not such a big practical problem (for me at least) because
hashing of floats is of dubious value.

> Even architecture dependence isn't the whole scope of the problem.
> Consider for example dumping a LATIN1-encoded database and trying
> to reload it into a UTF8-encoded database.  People will certainly
> expect that to be possible, and do you want to guarantee that the
> hash of a text value is encoding-independent?

That is a major problem. In an ideal world, we could make that work
with something like ucol_getSortKey(), but we don't require ICU, and
we can't mix getSortKey() with strxfrm(), or even strxfrm() results
from different platforms.

I don't think it's correct to hash the code points, either, because
strings may be considered equal in a locale even if the code points
aren't identical. But I don't think postgres lives up to that standard

But hash partitioning is too valuable to give up on entirely. I think
we should consider supporting a limited subset of types for now with
something not based on the hash am.

    Jeff Davis

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