Peter Eisentraut <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> It would be very useful if we had a parameter that controlled whether
> current_timestamp maps to statement_timestamp or to transaction_timestamp.

This is a nonstarter, as is the previous proposal to have a single
function with an explicit parameter that selects the behavior.  The
reason is that any such function would have to be treated as completely
non-optimizable.  It's really important that current_timestamp be STABLE
so that queries like
        where entrytimestamp >= current_timestamp - '10 minutes'
can use an index.  This means you can't have options that make it not

> The name "clock_timestamp" seems kind of unfortunate.

Agreed, it's not the best choice.

> Why is this functionality needed anyway?

Performance measurements within plpgsql functions, for example.
I am unconvinced that anyone has really proven the need for
statement_timestamp, but a cleaner replacement for timeofday()
would be nice to have.

                        regards, tom lane

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