On 2006-12-13, Tom Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> I wrote:
>>>> Right offhand I cannot see a reason why there should be different
>>>> equality operators with the same sortops.  (If anyone can come up with
>>>> a plausible scenario for that, stop me here...)
> BTW, I think it's possible to prove that there need never be two for the
> case of both sides the same datatype.  If we have a sortop "A < B" on a
> single datatype, then its commutator is well defined: "A > B" if and
> only if "B < A".  And by the trichotomy law, "A = B" must be true in
> exactly those cases for which neither "A < B" nor "A > B".  So there is
> only one possible behavior for an equality operator that is consistent
> with the sortop.

Counterexample even for a single data type: define an operator x =* y
which is true when 2x = y.  This is mergejoinable using the following
operators: SORT1 = <, SORT2 = <, LTCMP = (2x < y), RTCMP = (2x > y)
(which is of course the same sortops as for regular =).

The LTCMP and GTCMP operators imply a unique join operator due to
trichotomy, but this is not true for the sortops. While the above is
a bit contrived, I think non-contrived examples could be found too.

Andrew, Supernews
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