* Robert Haas (robertmh...@gmail.com) wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 1:19 AM, Simon Riggs <si...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
> > Nothing I am proposing blocks later work.
> That's not really true.  Nobody's going to be happy if MERGE has one
> behavior in one set of cases and an astonishingly different behavior
> in another set of cases.  If you adopt a behavior for certain cases
> that can't be extended to other cases, then you're blocking a
> general-purpose MERGE.
> And, indeed, it seems that you're proposing an implementation that
> adds no new functionality, just syntax compatibility.  Do we really
> want or need two syntaxes  for the same thing in core?  I kinda think
> Peter might have the right idea here.  Under his proposal, we'd be
> getting something that is, in a way, new.


I don't think MERGE should be radically different from other database
systems and just syntax sugar over a capability we have.  The
downthread comparison to partitioning isn't accurate either.

There's a reason that we have INSERT .. ON CONFLICT and not MERGE and
it's because they aren't the same thing, as Peter's already explained,
both now and when he and I had exactly this same discussion years ago
when he was working on implementing INSERT .. ON CONFLICT.  Time changes
many things, but I don't think anything's changed in this from the prior
discussions about it.



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