> Do you know whether PostgreSQL will support the catalogname.tablename
> syntax in SQL queries in the future?

Schema support is on the to-do list.  It's probably too late to imagine
that it will get done for 7.2, but maybe for 7.3.

Although the details haven't been argued out yet, I suspect that the
existing concept of independent databases within an installation will
remain in place (for backwards compatibility if nothing else).
SQL-style schemas and catalogs will exist as new naming levels
*within* what we now call a database.

Peter E. has previously commented that Postgres databases correspond
most closely to the SQL concept of "catalog cluster", not "catalog".
This agrees with my reading of SQL92 4.13:

         A cluster is an implementation-defined collection of catalogs.
         Exactly one cluster is associated with an SQL-session and it
         defines the totality of the SQL-data that is available to that

Schemas and catalogs will exist within a database, and there will
still be no possibility of cross-database accesses (but, hopefully,
much less need for it either).

While I haven't followed this discussion closely, it appears to me that
you are trying to make setCatalog reconnect to a new database --- ie, a
new cluster in SQL terminology.  I think this is a bad idea, as it will
create a backwards compatibility problem once we have actual catalogs
for setCatalog to work with.  I'd suggest that the right short-term
thing is for setCatalog to either do nothing or throw an error.

                        regards, tom lane

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