> Josh, you don't know what you're talking about.  The backend's
> capabilities for this have not moved an inch since 8.1 (transient bugs
> in its error checking do not represent an advance in capability),

Hmmm ... was this an unapplied patch?  We certainly had it working on the 
benchmark machine. 

Researching ...

> and furthermore I'm not seeing anyplace in the SQL spec that suggests
> the nullable side of an outer join should be updatable.

Oh, no, what should happen is that the outer join portion of the query doesn't 
get locked, rather than a fatal exception.  That behavior is expected by the 
J2EE certification, so it's at least somewhat industry-standard.

Josh Berkus
PostgreSQL @ Sun
San Francisco

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