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From "Dag H. Wanvik (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-6009) Need stricter checking of ORDER BY clause in VALUES expressions
Date Wed, 02 Jan 2013 03:18:13 GMT

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Dag H. Wanvik commented on DERBY-6009:

Thanks, Bryan. Yes, it is indeed painful, especially when the old and the new features make
code semantically ambiguous as it does here.. I wish we could remove this, but I suspect users
would find that painful; other databases also retain the column number ordering, e.g. I checked
and found it in PostgreSQL, Oracle and DB2 at least, so the standard's removal of this hasn't
been a resounding success... I don't know if there is such a process, I suspect that's the
kind of this they leave to implementers...
> Need stricter checking of ORDER BY clause in VALUES expressions
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DERBY-6009
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-6009
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: SQL
>    Affects Versions:
>            Reporter: Knut Anders Hatlen
>            Assignee: Dag H. Wanvik
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: derby-6009b.diff, derby-6009b.stat, derby-6009.diff, derby-6009.stat
> We only support column numbers in ORDER BY clauses in VALUES expression, as seen by this
error message:
> ij> values 1,2 order by 1+2;
> ERROR 42878: The ORDER BY clause of a SELECT UNION statement only supports unqualified
column references and column position numbers. Other expressions are not currently supported.
(errorCode = 30000)
> However, the checks let some unsupported expressions through and produce strange results.
For example:
> ij> values 1 order by 1+2;
> 1          |2          
> -----------------------
> 1          |3          
> 1 row selected
> It should probably have raised the same exception as the first query. And if not, the
result should only have had one column.
> And the next example should probably have raised a syntax error too, instead of a NullPointerException:
> ij> values 1 order by int(1);
> ERROR XJ001: Java exception: ': java.lang.NullPointerException'. (errorCode = 0)

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