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minimum operators for b-tree, r-tree

When creating a new data type, what are
the operators absolutely necessary for that
type to particpate in a btree index?

I know you need a "compare" that says = < or >=
so does that mean that those three operators
are the ones required?

If you also know that answer for our implementation
of R-trees that would also be helpful.
I believe it is intersects and overlaps but
it would be nice to get confirmation.

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Nov 23 '05 #1
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elein wrote:
When creating a new data type, what are
the operators absolutely necessary for that
type to particpate in a btree index?

I know you need a "compare" that says = < or >=
so does that mean that those three operators
are the ones required?

I don't remember the details, but here is a link to the pgsql-committers
post from when I submitted a patch to do the same for bytea.

CVSROOT: /home/projects/pgsql/cvsroot
Module name: pgsql
Changes by: tgl ( at ) hub ( dot ) org 01/08/13 14:45:36

Modified files:
src/backend/utils/adt: selfuncs.c varlena.c
src/include/catalog: catversion.h pg_amop.h pg_amproc.h
pg_opclass.h pg_operator.h pg_proc.h
src/include/utils: builtins.h

Log message:
Add comparison operators and btree indexing support for type
bytea. From Joe Conway.

You could go through cvs web to find the actual diffs, given the date
(13 Aug 2001):


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Nov 23 '05 #2
elein <el***@varlena. com> writes:
When creating a new data type, what are
the operators absolutely necessary for that
type to particpate in a btree index?

You must supply all the operators described in the standard strategy
plus the support function(s):

The system is not designed to cope with an incomplete opclass, and I'm
not sure it would work if you tried.

BTW, although <> isn't part of a btree opclass it is a good idea to
provide it (and link it to the opclass by making it the negator of =).
There's at least one place in the system that knows about using this.

The way I prefer to handle this stuff for btree is to write a single
three-way comparison function (compare a to b, return +1/0/-1). This
can be used directly as the btree support function, and then the six
comparison-operator functions are one-line wrappers around it.

regards, tom lane

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