Hi Tom,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Lane [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
> Sent: 12 February 2004 23:52
> To: Mark Cave-Ayland
> Subject: Re: [PATCHES] ANALYZE patch for review 
> "Mark Cave-Ayland" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > Yup indeed. Please find enclosed the latest version of the analyze 
> > patch taking into account all the things we have discussed in the 
> > thread.
> I've reviewed and applied this with some small changes.  You 
> did a good job --- the only things you missed AFAICS were 
> pg_dump support and documentation.

Ahhh pg_dump. Knew I forgot something :) I was going to ask about
patches for the documentation but it looks like you beat me to it.

> I changed the API slightly for the typanalyze function and 
> the compute_stats subroutine.  I don't think it's necessary 
> or appropriate to pass in the Relation pointer to typanalyze; 
> that simplifies its signature to a single INTERNAL parameter. 
>  (If we did want to pass the Relation, I'd be inclined to 
> make it a field in VacAttrStats.)  Also I tweaked 
> compute_stats so that the attribute number of the column is 
> passed explicitly.  I foresee needing this for 
> functional-index stats gathering --- it's likely that the 
> accumulated sample rows will be built on the fly and will 
> have a tupdesc that includes both the main table rows and the 
> functional index columns.  So compute_stats shouldn't assume 
> that the nominal column number is the right thing to use to 
> extract the column it wants.
> > I also altered the examine_attribute() to allow the user-defined 
> > function to check attstattarget for the column manually (in 
> case they 
> > want to do something special with minus or zero values),
> As I've committed it, the convention that zero means "no 
> stats" is enforced by examine_attribute(), but the typanalyze 
> function is responsible for deciding what a negative value 
> means.  Seem reasonable?

I've had a quick browse of CVS on developer.postgresql.org and the work
you've done looks great. The only reason I kept the Relation parameter
was because I wasn't sure if there was a historical reason why someone
would need the relation information as well as the attribute
information. No problem with the zero value enforcing no stats. I also
noticed your later commit with the added fetch_func parameter which
brings stats on functional indexes even closer :)

> Also, I put the following documentation about "kind" values 
> into pg_statistic.h.
> /*
>  * The present allocation of "kind" codes is:
>  *
>  *    1-99:        reserved for assignment by the core 
> PostgreSQL project
>  *                 (values in this range will be documented 
> in this file)
>  *    100-199:     reserved for assignment by the PostGIS project
>  *                 (values to be documented in PostGIS documentation)
>  *    200-9999:    reserved for future public assignments
>  *
>  * For private use you may choose a "kind" code at random in the range
>  * 10000-30000.  However, for code that is to be widely 
> disseminated it is
>  * better to obtain a publicly defined "kind" code by request from the
>  * PostgreSQL Global Development Group.
>  */

Fantastic stuff. I'll email Dave and Paul at Refractions and let them
know the changes for analyzing custom types have been made - not sure
whether it will be them or myself that get to implement the changes in
PostGIS but it will be a good test that everything works as it should :)

Thanks again for all your work on this,



Mark Cave-Ayland
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