Greg Sabino Mullane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> here's a patch that does that and nothing more: removes all
> unnecessary left joins from psql. Done in the theory that we often
> point people to psql -E, so our queries there should be as correct
> as possible: if the joining column is not null, then we don't need
> a left join.

I'm still not happy about this.  "Joining column is not null" has
nothing to do with it --- what is at issue is whether there is certain
to be a match.  Since we do not have foreign-key enforcement on the
system catalog interrelationships, it is possible for system bugs or
manual intervention to create non-matching situations.

We have seen enough failures associated with "can't happen" missing
links that I think it's just folly to remove error tolerance like this.
I mean, there are *many* thousands of lines of code that we can remove
if the only criterion is readability and robustness means nothing...
who needs WAL for example?

                        regards, tom lane

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