[Monetdb-developers] Mapi blocked mode multi query consideration

Fabian Fabian.Groffen at cwi.nl
Thu Apr 22 12:49:34 CEST 2004

Mapi has two modes, which I refer to as line mode and block mode.
The main plus for the client when using the block mode variant is that 
multi-line queries can be sent directly to the server without any 
parsing. The line mode variant, on the other hand, separates lines by 
newline characters, so multiline queries are not possible; one has to 
replace all newlines by spaces when not inside a string, otherwise by 
\n. (this requires some parsing of the query before sending)

Now the problem I'm dealing with is as follows:
If I send a multiline query using blockmode to the server, and that 
query is syntactically incorrect (according to the server), the server 
returns that same multiline query. In the result mode, however, newlines 
are treated as row delimiters. The effect of this, is that only the 
first row of the query sent is visible, which most of the time does not 
contain the error.

For example, suppose the following query is sent:
	FROM "foobar";

where the table foobar does not exist in the catalog, then the error 
message will be:
!ERROR parse error at token (257) in statement: select *
	from "foobar"

which due to row-style parsing will only result in the error message 
with query 'select *'.

The question here is actually, who is doing what wrong?
Any thoughts on this?

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