"Simon Riggs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> On Mon, 2007-03-05 at 14:31 -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
>> Exactly what will these allow that you can't do with inspection of ctid
>> etc?  (I suspect your answer will be "can't see infomask", but I'd
>> rather expose that as a new system column than invent functions like
>> these.)  

> Interesting idea, but aren't they keywords? How many system columns
> would we need to represent each of the info flags?

Just one; I was imagining just returning the whole bitmask.  See

> The other thing was the ability to see headers of dead tuples as well so
> as to understand what is on the page in total, not just the visible
> portion of it.

Ah, that's a good point.

                        regards, tom lane

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