Gregory Stark wrote:
> a) To have two sets of macros, one of which, VARATT_DATA and
> VARATT_SIZEP are for constructing new tuples and behaves exactly as
> it does now. So you always construct a four-byte header datum. Then
> in heap_form*tuple we check if you can use a shorter header and
> convert. VARDATA/VARSIZE would be for looking at existing datums and
> would interpret the header bits.

Has any thought been given to headers *longer* than four bytes?  I don't 
exactly recall a flood of field reports that one gigabyte per datum is 
too little, but as long as the encoding of variable length data is 
changed, one might as well prepare a little for the future.

Of course, that would put a dent into any plan that wants to normalize 
the header to four bytes somewhere along the way.

Peter Eisentraut

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