On Tue, May 08, 2007 at 08:08:28AM -0400, Marshall, Steve wrote:
> However, I think it would be possible to expand immutable functions 
> operating on constants to optimize constraint exclusion.  Immutable 
> functions will always return the same result given the same inputs, so 
> this would be safe.  Currently, immutable functions are not expanded 
> during planning such that the first query would be optimized using 
> constraint exclusion, while the second query would not:

The problem with this is that at planning time you don't necessarily
have an active transaction snapshot. Prepared statements are the
obvious example, but I think even in one-off statements there's no
snapshot until after the planner has completed. This is also one of the
problems with type input/output functions looking up stuff in tables.

There was discussion about the handling type input/output functins and
casts as a sort off InitExpr that is executed once, then inserted into
the tree. However, that would still be too late to affect the planning.

Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout   <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
> From each according to his ability. To each according to his ability to 
> litigate.

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