"Chuck McDevitt" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Just a curiosity question:  Why is the type of a literal '1' "unknown"
> instead of varchar(1)?

Because, for instance, it might be intended as an integer or float or
numeric value.  Change the content a little, like '(1,2)' or '12:34',
and maybe it's a point or time value.  There are plenty of contexts in
which the intended type of a literal is obviously not text/varchar.

We assign unknown initially as a way of flagging that the type
assignment is uncertain.  Once we have a value that we think is varchar
(a table column for instance), the rules for deciding to cast it to a
different type get a lot more stringent.

                        regards, tom lane

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