Thanks.  This is what I want to know :-)

Regards,

Billow

>Yeah, what he wants is to implement a function in Postgres which does
>something like an LDAP or DNS lookup or something like that.

>Sure you can do this. The only tricky bit is the thing you mentioned about
>reusing the connection. You could always leave the connection in a safe
state
>and don't need to worry about cleaning it up then you could just store it
in a
>static variable which would be the simplest option.

>If you want to use Postgres's facilities for allocating memory and cleaning
it
>up when no longer in use you can use some of the Postgres internal API for
>memory contexts and resource owners. But I don't see any particular reason
you
>should need to worry about this stuff for something simple you're
implementing
>yourself.



On 10/18/07, D'Arcy J.M. Cain <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>
> On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 11:24:24 -0400
> "Billow Gao" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > I can write the network program.
> > But I am not 100% sure whether I can add the c-language function (
> > http://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.2/interactive/xfunc-c.html)
> > to PostgreSQL. The function will be dynamic loaded by PostgreSQL.
> > I want to know whether there are any limitation on the function I wrote.
> >
> > for example:
> > If I want to write a function:
> >
> > PG_FUNCTION_INFO_V1(c_talktoremoteudp);
> >
> >
> > And use it in PostgreSQL like:
> >
> > =========================================
> > SELECT name, c_talktoremoteudp
> >
> > (emp, 1500) AS overpaid
> >     FROM emp
> >     WHERE name = 'Bill' OR name = 'Sam';
> >
> > =========================================
> > The function c_talktoremoteudp will:
> > 1. send udp data to remote udp server
> > 2. monitor an udp port and wait for the reply
> > 3. return the data to the select query.
>
> I am confused.  The dynamic function resides in the server.  The query
> runs in the server.  Where is the "remoteness" in any of this?  Are you
> saying that there is a second server that is not PostgreSQL that uses
> UDP that you want to communicate with and merge info into the
> PostgreSQL server from?
>
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