Tom Lane wrote:
> Bruce Momjian <> 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

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