Tatsuo Ishii <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
>> BTW, it strikes me that there is another hole that we need to plug in
>> this area, and that's the convert() function. Being able to create
>> a value of type text that is not in the database encoding is simply
>> broken. Perhaps we could make it work on bytea instead (providing
>> a cast from text to bytea but not vice versa), or maybe we should just
>> forbid the whole thing if the database encoding isn't SQL_ASCII.
> Please don't do that. It will break an usefull use case of convert().
The reason we have a problem here is that we've been choosing
convenience over safety in encoding-related issues. I wonder if we must
stoop to having a "strict_encoding_checks" GUC variable to satisfy
> A user has a database encoded in UTF-8. He has English, French,
> Chinese and Japanese data in tables. To sort the tables in the
> language order, he will do like this:
> SELECT * FROM japanese_table ORDER BY convert(japanese_text using
> Without using convert(), he will get random order of data.
I'd say that *with* convert() he will get a random order of data. This
is making a boatload of unsupportable assumptions about the locale and
encoding of the surrounding database. There are a lot of bad-encoding
situations for which strcoll() simply breaks down completely and can't
even deliver self-consistent answers.
It might work the way you are expecting if the database uses SQL_ASCII
encoding and C locale --- and I'd be fine with allowing convert() only
when the database encoding is SQL_ASCII.
regards, tom lane
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