Andrew Dunstan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
>> The way we've solved this problem for other CREATE commands is to add
>> "OR REPLACE" option, instead of "IF NOT EXISTS". We should do the same
> My recollection is that we only do that where we need to for reasons of
> dependency. Not sure that applies here.
I was about to make the same complaint as Heikki. We currently have two
different ways of dealing with this type of scenario:
DROP IF EXISTS (for most object types)
CREATE OR REPLACE (for functions, rules, views)
The OP wants to introduce yet a third variant, implemented for only one
kind of object. That's not a feature, it's a wart.
Clearly DROP IF EXISTS isn't helpful for the proposed use-case (since
you'd lose any pre-existing functions in the language) but I don't see
why CREATE OR REPLACE wouldn't serve.
regards, tom lane
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