> > Can we add a column to pg_conversion which represents the "growth
> > rate"? This would reduce the rate for most encodings much smaller than
> > 6.
> We need to do something, but the pg_conversion catalog seems a bad place
> to put the info --- don't we have places that need to be able to do
> conversion without catalog access?

Can you tell me where? I thought conversion functions are always
called by using OidFunctionCall5 thus we need to consult the
pg_conversion catalog beforehand anyway.

> Perhaps better would be to redefine the API for the conversion functions
> so that they palloc their own result space.  Then each conversion
> function would have to know the maximum growth rate for its particular
> conversion.  This change would also make it feasible for a conversion
> function to prescan the data and determine an exact output size, if that
> seemed worthwhile because the potential growth rate was too extreme.
Tatsuo Ishii
SRA OSS, Inc. Japan

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