> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Lane [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 1:32 PM
> To: Dann Corbit
> Cc: Gregory Stark; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Selecting a constant question
> "Dann Corbit" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > The issue is this:
> > Postgres describes the column with a typmod of -1 (unknown) and a
> > of 65534.
> Oh, you're looking at typlen not typmod. Please observe the comments
> * For a fixed-size type, typlen is the number of bytes we use
> * represent a value of this type, e.g. 4 for an int4. But for
> * variable-length type, typlen is negative. We use -1 to
> * "varlena" type (one that has a length word), -2 to indicate a
> * null-terminated C string.
> int2 typlen;
> You should be treating typlen as signed not unsigned, and not assuming
> fixed width for any negative value.
> Since the width refers to the server internal representation, and not
> what comes down the wire, I find it pretty strange for an application
> be using typlen for anything at all actually.
Thanks for the response.
Since libpq function PQfsize returns -2 for all constant character
strings in SQL statements ... What is the proper procedure to determine
the length of a constant character column after query execution but
before fetching the first row of data?
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