Tom Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> Martijn van Oosterhout <> writes:
> > The input functions get it, the output functions (bpcharout,
> > bpcharsend, etc) don't. Which makes it kind of hard to print a raw
> > value if you don't know how long it's going to be. They used to, but
> > that was removed some time back.

> Even back then you couldn't rely on the typmod value to be supplied;
> it was quite likely to be passed as -1.  The issue is not actually
> with on-disk storage, it is with function/operator arguments and
> results.  Those have never been identified any more closely than by
> giving a type OID.  So for any value that came from a function,
> you won't have a typmod, and you'd better be able to find out all
> you need to know just by inspecting the value itself.  Hence, length
> words.

Hm, so it could be stored on disk without the length header as long as the
length header is added to the in-memory representation? I don't think the type
system has hooks for reading and storing data to disk though.

> This is all pretty off-topic for pgsql-general, isn't it?

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