On Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 12:35:54PM +0100, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> Tom Lane wrote:
> >>We could rename pg_attribute as pg_userattribute, and remove all the 
> >>system attributes from that. To stay backwards-compatible, we could have 
> >>a pg_attribute view on top of that contained the system attributes as 
> >>well.
> >>    
> >
> >I don't really think this is necessary.  How many client programs have
> >you seen that don't explicitly exclude attnum<0 anyway?  The places that
> >will need work are inside the backend, and a view won't help them.
> >  
> None, there probably isn't any client programs like that. It would be 
> nice for programs to be able to discover what system attributes there 
> is, though.

+1; we need to have some way for users to find that info out, and I
can't think of a better way than pg_attribute.

If we want to create a set of views that are more human friendly I'm all
for it (it's why we started the newsysviews project afterall), but I
don't know if y'all want to open that can of worms back up.
Jim Nasby                                            [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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