Larry McGhaw wrote:
Again, the issue is not our tool, but the deficiency in libpq/postgres ... even mysql gets its right .. why not Postgres? Its not hard for a database to report metadata properly. if I issue a sql statement:
select '123' from <any table>
the database should report that the maximum length of the 1st column in the resultset is 3 ... it cant be any more plain than that.

Making assertions like this does not make your case for you. If you think it's that easy then send in a patch. I suspect that doing what you want in the cases where it could be supported would require a protocol change, with possibly an extra field in the RowDescription object. If that's true you'd need to make a very good and compelling case indeed for such a change. If this is so vital I'm curious to know why driver authors haven't been screaming about it until now. I'm not dismissing what you want, but just waving your hand and saying "it's not hard" really won't do.



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