The following does not work:
LISTEN 'foo%'
Neither this:
This works:
LISTEN "foo%"
But it does not act as a pattern.

We could change the SIMILAR TO something like following (accepting also
type of the pattern), for example:
LISTEN PATTERN 'foo%' TYPE 'similar'
LISTEN PATTERN 'foo*' TYPE 'ltree'
LISTEN PATTERN 'foo%' USING 'similar'
LISTEN MATCH 'foo%' USING 'similar'
LISTEN MATCH 'foo%' TYPE 'similar'

Documentation is coming up.

2017-07-31 23:30 GMT+03:00 Peter Eisentraut <>:

> On 7/31/17 16:13, Markus Sintonen wrote:
> > This patch has no know backward compatibility issues with the existing
> > /LISTEN///UNLISTEN/ features. This is because patch extends the existing
> > syntax by accepting quoted strings which define the patterns as opposed
> > to the existing SQL literals.
> I don't see that in the patch.  Your patch changes the syntax LISTEN
> ColId to mean a regular expression.
> Even then, having LISTEN "foo" and LISTEN 'foo' mean different things
> would probably be confusing.
> I would think about specifying an operator somewhere in the syntax, like
> you have with LISTEN SIMILAR TO.  It would even be nice if a
> non-built-in operator could be used for matching names.
> Documentation is missing in the patch.
> --
> Peter Eisentraut    
> PostgreSQL Development, 24x7 Support, Remote DBA, Training & Services

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