[postgis-users] X() function working for POINTs and MULTIPOINTs

Markus Schaber schabi at logix-tt.com
Mon Mar 27 02:35:16 PST 2006

Hi, Bernhard,

Bernhard Reimar Hoefle wrote:

> I was thinking of plpgsql functions. How would such a function look like? I
> don't know how to write a plpgsql function which works like the dump()
> function. I just know to write a function like SELECT * from
> your_x('MULTIPOINT(...)')

It even does work without writing your own, using the built-in
generate_series set-returning function:

navteq=# select foo,asText(bar) from test;
 foo |         astext
  42 | MULTIPOINT(1 2,3 4,5 6)
  23 | MULTIPOINT(7 8)
(2 rows)

navteq=# select foo,x(geometryn(bar,generate_series(1,npoints(bar))))
FROM test;
 foo | x
  42 | 1
  42 | 3
  42 | 5
  23 | 7
(4 rows)

An appropriate set-returning function would be along the lines of:

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION generate_x (geom geometry)
RETURNS SETOF double precision AS
    index integer;

    FOR index IN 1 .. npoints(geom) LOOP
	RETURN NEXT X(geometryn(geom,index));

However it does not work for some obscure reason:

navteq=# select foo,generate_x(bar) from test;
ERROR:  set-valued function called in context that cannot accept a set
CONTEXT:  PL/pgSQL function "generate_x" line 5 at return next

The problem is that I can call other set-valued functions in the same

navteq=# select foo,dump(bar) from test;
 foo |                       dump
  42 | ({1},0101000000000000000000F03F0000000000000040)
  42 | ({2},010100000000000000000008400000000000001040)
  42 | ({3},010100000000000000000014400000000000001840)
  23 | ({1},01010000000000000000001C400000000000002040)
(4 rows)

And the generate_series above does work, too.

I'll try to investigate this.

> But my problem is performance and the C functions are quite faster than the
> procedural scripts.

Yes, that may be the case for you.


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