Not too many releases ago, there were several columns in pg_proc that
were intended to support estimation of the runtime cost and number of
result rows of set-returning functions.  I believe in fact that these
were the remains of Joe Hellerstein's thesis on expensive-function
evaluation, and are exactly what he was talking about here:

But with all due respect to Joe, I think the reason that stuff got
trimmed is that it didn't work very well.  In most cases it's
*hard* to write an estimator for a SRF.  Let's see you produce
one for dblink() for instance ...

                        regards, tom lane

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