Tom Lane wrote:
Stephen Frost <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
Other, unrelated, options being or not being there doesn't really have
any bearing on this though.  I'm not inventing new syntax here.  I'm
just removing a restriction on what the user can do that doesn't need
to exist.

I don't think you're "just removing a restriction".  What you're doing
is exposing a whole lot of strange and arguably broken corner cases.
If we accept this patch I think we'll be fielding bug reports as a
result for years to come.  I *especially* dislike the part about
allowing the delimiter character in the null string --- that will allow
people to complain about the order in which decisions are made.


Yeah, if you allow the delimiter in the null string, what do you do if it's not quoted? I can't imagine what the real world case for that could possibly be.

Even if there's an arguable case for allowing the quote char in a null string (and as I indicated upthread I really think the problem being addressed here could be solved in a far better fashion) there is surely no good case for allowing the delimiter. Oh, and if we did allow the quote char we should surely only allow it on input - just because other programs produce absurd output there is not reason we should.



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