Tom Lane wrote:
> Bruce Momjian <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > Right. I think the question is whether we want all psql strings to
> > accept backslashes, and hence not support E'' at all for psql commands.
> > I figured that made the most sense.
> I'm not convinced. Wouldn't it be better if psql commands track the
> backend syntax? With standard_conforming_strings on, there will be two
> ways to tell COPY you want a tab as a delimiter:
> DELIMITER '<actual tab char>'
> DELIMITER E'\t'
> and in particular this will NOT do that:
> DELIMITER '\t'
Well, I think it a little more confusing that just \copy. What about \d
and \set uses of backslashes. Do they honor standard_conforming_strings
too? I assume you are saying they should.
> If we keep '\t' as meaning tab in the \copy syntax then I think we're
> going to cause confusion in the long run. I think we should fix \copy
> and related psql backslash commands to accept E'\t', and make sure that
> the behavior is the same as the connected backend depending on what its
> standard_conforming_strings setting is.
OK, though this is going to mean that examples in the psql manual page
are going to be different for different standard_conforming_strings
testdb=> \set content '\'' `cat my_file.txt` '\''
testdb=> INSERT INTO my_table VALUES (:content);
psql doesn't know '''' is about doubling single quotes in a string,
though \copy does. The major problem, I think, is that psql often
follows the shell rules, rather than the SQL rules for most things.
> There is a secondary, largely cosmetic question of whether psql should
> attempt to prevent you from seeing escape_string_warning messages.
> I personally have come to the conclusion that escape_string_warning is
> probably not going to be on by default anyway ;-), and hence it's not
> worth going to great extremes to prevent this, particularly if it breaks
> the ability to use psql against pre-8.1 servers.
It does break backward compatibility.
Bruce Momjian http://candle.pha.pa.us
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