Andrew Dunstan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Tom Lane wrote:
>> What I think we'd need to have a complete solution is
>> convert(text, name) returns bytea
>> -- convert from DB encoding to arbitrary encoding
>> convert(bytea, name, name) returns bytea
>> -- convert between any two encodings
>> convert(bytea, name) returns text
>> -- convert from arbitrary encoding to DB encoding
>> The second and third would need to do a verify step before
>> converting, of course.

> Is there any reason these functions shouldn't be marked immutable?

No, not as long as DB encoding is frozen...

> I'm wondering if we should give them disambiguating names, rather than 
> call them all convert.

No.  We have a function overloading system, we should use it.

                        regards, tom lane

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