On Tue, 31 Jul 2007, Bruce Momjian wrote:

Oleg Bartunov wrote:
On Tue, 31 Jul 2007, Bruce Momjian wrote:

And if we have to require the configuration name in CREATE INDEX, it has
to be used in WHERE, so we might as well just remove the default
capability and always require the configuration name.

this is very rare use case for text searching
1. expression index without configuration name
2. default_text_search_config can be changed by somebody

If you are going to be using the configuration name with the create
expression index, you have to use it in the WHERE clause (or the index
doesn't work), and I assume that is 90% of the text search uses.  I
don't see it as rare at all.

What is a basis of your assumption ? In my opinion, it's very limited
use of text search, because it doesn't supports ranking. For 4-5 years
of tsearch2 usage I never used it and I never seem in mailing lists.
This is very user-oriented feature and we could probably ask
-general people for their opinion.

I doubt 'general' is going to understand the details of merging this
into the backend.  I assume we have enough people on hackers to decide

I mean not technical details, but use case. Does they need expressional
index without ranking but sacrifice ability to use default configuration
in other cases too ? My prediction is that people doesn't ever thought about this possibility until we said them about.

Are you saying the majority of users have a separate column with a
trigger?  Does the trigger specify the configuation?  I don't see that
as a parameter argument to tsvector_update_trigger().  If you reload a
pg_dump, what does it use for the configuration?

yes, separate column with custom trigger works fine. It's up to you how
to keep your data actual and it's up to you how to write trigger. Our tsvector_update_trigger() is a tsvector_update_trigger_example() !

Why is a separate column better than the index?  Just ranking?

ranking + composite documents. I already mentioned, that this could be
rather expensive. Also, having separate column allow people various
ways to say what is a document and even change it.

The reason the expression index is nice is this feature has to be easy
to use for people who are new to full text and even PostgreSQL.  Right
now /contrib is fine for experts to use, but we want a larger user base
for this feature.

I agree here. This was one of the main reason of our work for 8.3.
Probably, we shold think in another direction - not to curtail tsearch2
and confuse rather big existing users, but to add an ability to save somehow
configuration used for creating of *document*
either implicitly (in expression index, or just gin(text_column)), or
explicitly (separate column). There is no problem with index itself !

I'd better say we don't support text searching using expression index
than remove default_text_search_config. Anyway, I don't feel myself
responisble for such important problem. We need more feedback from

Well, I am waiting for other hackers to get involved, but if they don't,
I have to evaluate it myself on the email lists.

If we are going to keep it, I need someone to explain why my comments
above are wrong.  If I am right, someone has to remove
default_text_search_config from the patch.   I can do the documentation.

I'm in conference and then will be busy writing my applications and
earning money, Teodor is in vacation. I don't want to do
hasty conclusion, since we're very tired to change our patch from
one solution to another. We need consensus of developers and users.
I'm almost exhausted and have  no time  to continue this discussion.

Would you be so kind to write separate post about this problem and
call -hackers and -general for feedback. Let's experienced users
show their needs. We said everything and has nothing to add.

If you have no time to continue discussion and perhaps update the patch,
we can consider this patch dead for 8.3 and we can hold it for 8.4
because I can guarantee you this is going to need more discussion and
patch modification before it gets into CVS.

This patch is being treated fairly and exactly the same as every other

why do you say this ? I didn't complain about this.

Should we hold the patch for 8.4?

If we're not agree to say in docs, that implicit usage of text search configuration in CREATE INDEX command doesn't supported. Could we leave
default_text_search_config for super-users, at least ?

Anyway, let's wait what other people say.

Oleg Bartunov, Research Scientist, Head of AstroNet (www.astronet.ru),
Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow University, Russia
Internet: [EMAIL PROTECTED], http://www.sai.msu.su/~megera/
phone: +007(495)939-16-83, +007(495)939-23-83

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