On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 9:25 AM, Oliver Ford <ojf...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Adds to the to_number() function the ability to convert Roman numerals
> to a number. This feature is on the formatting.c TODO list. It is not
> currently implemented in either Oracle, MSSQL or MySQL so gives
> PostgreSQL an edge :-)

I kind of put my head in my hands when I saw this.  I'm not really
sure it's worth complicating the code for something that has so little
practical utility, but maybe other people will feel differently.  I
can't deny the profound advantages associated with having a leg up on

The error reporting is a little wonky, although maybe no wonkier than
anything else about these conversion routines.

rhaas=# select to_number('q', 'rn');
ERROR:  invalid character "q"

(hmm, no position)

rhaas=# select to_number('dd', 'rn');
ERROR:  invalid character "D" at position 1

(now i get a position, but it's not really the right position; and the
problem isn't really that the character is invalid but that you don't
like me including it twice, and I said 'd' not 'D')

rhaas=# select to_number('à', 'rn');
ERROR:  invalid character "?"


How much call is there for a format that can only represent values up to 3999?

Robert Haas
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