1594401057

Passing a 2-D Array as a Function Parameter in C++(mainly)/C

Recently I encountered a problem in a company’s coding round which had a question of rotating a matrix in multiples of 90 degrees. The catch for me was not the algorithm or rotation of array but to “pass the 2-D array in a function”. The question is definitely a good one, but here I will scrutinize the passing of a matrix as an argument in C++.

I tried to figure it out during the contest but was unable to do it back then, obviously because of the limited time allotted for the completion of the challenge. So I immediately converted my code to C language.

Here’s a straightforward way to do it in C language:

``````void func(int m, int n, int arr[][n])       //function prototype
{
printf("%d", arr[0][0]);    //accessing an element of the array
}
``````

The main function would look like this:

``````int main()
{   int m, n;
scanf("%d %d", &m,&n);
int arr[m][n];
for(int i=0; i<n; i++)
for(int j=0; j<m; j++)
scanf("%d", &arr[i][j]);
func(m, n, arr);                          //function call

return 0;
}
``````

As simple as it seems!

But a similar solution would throw errors in C++.

After the contest was over, I was very curious to find the problem in my code as I have been using C++ for a long time in coding competitions but didn’t clash with a problem of such kind earlier. I tried StackOverflow solutions and even asked my old training teacher to help me out with it. He told the same C solution we already discussed above. Then I contacted one of my favorite YouTubers, for the same. He told me to use vectors.

So, I will discuss below all viable solutions I found out:

It is pretty easy if the number of rows and columns are constants or defined using macros.

#2d-arrays #coding #pointers #c #cplusplus #programming-c

1653475560

A Pure PHP Implementation Of The MessagePack Serialization Format

msgpack.php

A pure PHP implementation of the MessagePack serialization format.

Installation

The recommended way to install the library is through Composer:

``````composer require rybakit/msgpack
``````

Usage

Packing

To pack values you can either use an instance of a `Packer`:

``````\$packer = new Packer();
\$packed = \$packer->pack(\$value);
``````

or call a static method on the `MessagePack` class:

``````\$packed = MessagePack::pack(\$value);
``````

In the examples above, the method `pack` automatically packs a value depending on its type. However, not all PHP types can be uniquely translated to MessagePack types. For example, the MessagePack format defines `map` and `array` types, which are represented by a single `array` type in PHP. By default, the packer will pack a PHP array as a MessagePack array if it has sequential numeric keys, starting from `0` and as a MessagePack map otherwise:

``````\$mpArr1 = \$packer->pack([1, 2]);               // MP array [1, 2]
\$mpArr2 = \$packer->pack([0 => 1, 1 => 2]);     // MP array [1, 2]
\$mpMap1 = \$packer->pack([0 => 1, 2 => 3]);     // MP map {0: 1, 2: 3}
\$mpMap2 = \$packer->pack([1 => 2, 2 => 3]);     // MP map {1: 2, 2: 3}
\$mpMap3 = \$packer->pack(['a' => 1, 'b' => 2]); // MP map {a: 1, b: 2}
``````

However, sometimes you need to pack a sequential array as a MessagePack map. To do this, use the `packMap` method:

``````\$mpMap = \$packer->packMap([1, 2]); // {0: 1, 1: 2}
``````

Here is a list of type-specific packing methods:

``````\$packer->packNil();           // MP nil
\$packer->packBool(true);      // MP bool
\$packer->packInt(42);         // MP int
\$packer->packFloat(M_PI);     // MP float (32 or 64)
\$packer->packFloat32(M_PI);   // MP float 32
\$packer->packFloat64(M_PI);   // MP float 64
\$packer->packStr('foo');      // MP str
\$packer->packBin("\x80");     // MP bin
\$packer->packArray([1, 2]);   // MP array
\$packer->packMap(['a' => 1]); // MP map
\$packer->packExt(1, "\xaa");  // MP ext
``````

Check the "Custom types" section below on how to pack custom types.

Packing options

The `Packer` object supports a number of bitmask-based options for fine-tuning the packing process (defaults are in bold):

The type detection mode (`DETECT_STR_BIN`/`DETECT_ARR_MAP`) adds some overhead which can be noticed when you pack large (16- and 32-bit) arrays or strings. However, if you know the value type in advance (for example, you only work with UTF-8 strings or/and associative arrays), you can eliminate this overhead by forcing the packer to use the appropriate type, which will save it from running the auto-detection routine. Another option is to explicitly specify the value type. The library provides 2 auxiliary classes for this, `Map` and `Bin`. Check the "Custom types" section below for details.

Examples:

``````// detect str/bin type and pack PHP 64-bit floats (doubles) to MP 32-bit floats
\$packer = new Packer(PackOptions::DETECT_STR_BIN | PackOptions::FORCE_FLOAT32);

// these will throw MessagePack\Exception\InvalidOptionException
\$packer = new Packer(PackOptions::FORCE_STR | PackOptions::FORCE_BIN);
\$packer = new Packer(PackOptions::FORCE_FLOAT32 | PackOptions::FORCE_FLOAT64);
``````

Unpacking

To unpack data you can either use an instance of a `BufferUnpacker`:

``````\$unpacker = new BufferUnpacker();

\$unpacker->reset(\$packed);
\$value = \$unpacker->unpack();
``````

or call a static method on the `MessagePack` class:

``````\$value = MessagePack::unpack(\$packed);
``````

If the packed data is received in chunks (e.g. when reading from a stream), use the `tryUnpack` method, which attempts to unpack data and returns an array of unpacked messages (if any) instead of throwing an `InsufficientDataException`:

``````while (\$chunk = ...) {
\$unpacker->append(\$chunk);
if (\$messages = \$unpacker->tryUnpack()) {
return \$messages;
}
}
``````

If you want to unpack from a specific position in a buffer, use `seek`:

``````\$unpacker->seek(42); // set position equal to 42 bytes
\$unpacker->seek(-8); // set position to 8 bytes before the end of the buffer
``````

To skip bytes from the current position, use `skip`:

``````\$unpacker->skip(10); // set position to 10 bytes ahead of the current position
``````

To get the number of remaining (unread) bytes in the buffer:

``````\$unreadBytesCount = \$unpacker->getRemainingCount();
``````

To check whether the buffer has unread data:

``````\$hasUnreadBytes = \$unpacker->hasRemaining();
``````

If needed, you can remove already read data from the buffer by calling:

``````\$releasedBytesCount = \$unpacker->release();
``````

With the `read` method you can read raw (packed) data:

``````\$packedData = \$unpacker->read(2); // read 2 bytes
``````

Besides the above methods `BufferUnpacker` provides type-specific unpacking methods, namely:

``````\$unpacker->unpackNil();   // PHP null
\$unpacker->unpackBool();  // PHP bool
\$unpacker->unpackInt();   // PHP int
\$unpacker->unpackFloat(); // PHP float
\$unpacker->unpackStr();   // PHP UTF-8 string
\$unpacker->unpackBin();   // PHP binary string
\$unpacker->unpackArray(); // PHP sequential array
\$unpacker->unpackMap();   // PHP associative array
\$unpacker->unpackExt();   // PHP MessagePack\Type\Ext object
``````

Unpacking options

The `BufferUnpacker` object supports a number of bitmask-based options for fine-tuning the unpacking process (defaults are in bold):

1. The binary MessagePack format has unsigned 64-bit as its largest integer data type, but PHP does not support such integers, which means that an overflow can occur during unpacking.

2. Make sure the GMP extension is enabled.

3. Make sure the Decimal extension is enabled.

Examples:

``````\$packedUint64 = "\xcf"."\xff\xff\xff\xff"."\xff\xff\xff\xff";

\$unpacker = new BufferUnpacker(\$packedUint64);
var_dump(\$unpacker->unpack()); // string(20) "18446744073709551615"

\$unpacker = new BufferUnpacker(\$packedUint64, UnpackOptions::BIGINT_AS_GMP);
var_dump(\$unpacker->unpack()); // object(GMP) {...}

\$unpacker = new BufferUnpacker(\$packedUint64, UnpackOptions::BIGINT_AS_DEC);
var_dump(\$unpacker->unpack()); // object(Decimal\Decimal) {...}
``````

Custom types

In addition to the basic types, the library provides functionality to serialize and deserialize arbitrary types. This can be done in several ways, depending on your use case. Let's take a look at them.

Type objects

If you need to serialize an instance of one of your classes into one of the basic MessagePack types, the best way to do this is to implement the CanBePacked interface in the class. A good example of such a class is the `Map` type class that comes with the library. This type is useful when you want to explicitly specify that a given PHP array should be packed as a MessagePack map without triggering an automatic type detection routine:

``````\$packer = new Packer();

\$packedMap = \$packer->pack(new Map([1, 2, 3]));
\$packedArray = \$packer->pack([1, 2, 3]);
``````

More type examples can be found in the src/Type directory.

Type transformers

As with type objects, type transformers are only responsible for serializing values. They should be used when you need to serialize a value that does not implement the CanBePacked interface. Examples of such values could be instances of built-in or third-party classes that you don't own, or non-objects such as resources.

A transformer class must implement the CanPack interface. To use a transformer, it must first be registered in the packer. Here is an example of how to serialize PHP streams into the MessagePack `bin` format type using one of the supplied transformers, `StreamTransformer`:

``````\$packer = new Packer(null, [new StreamTransformer()]);

\$packedBin = \$packer->pack(fopen('/path/to/file', 'r+'));
``````

More type transformer examples can be found in the src/TypeTransformer directory.

Extensions

In contrast to the cases described above, extensions are intended to handle extension types and are responsible for both serialization and deserialization of values (types).

An extension class must implement the Extension interface. To use an extension, it must first be registered in the packer and the unpacker.

The MessagePack specification divides extension types into two groups: predefined and application-specific. Currently, there is only one predefined type in the specification, Timestamp.

Timestamp

The Timestamp extension type is a predefined type. Support for this type in the library is done through the `TimestampExtension` class. This class is responsible for handling `Timestamp` objects, which represent the number of seconds and optional adjustment in nanoseconds:

``````\$timestampExtension = new TimestampExtension();

\$packer = new Packer();
\$packer = \$packer->extendWith(\$timestampExtension);

\$unpacker = new BufferUnpacker();
\$unpacker = \$unpacker->extendWith(\$timestampExtension);

\$packedTimestamp = \$packer->pack(Timestamp::now());
\$timestamp = \$unpacker->reset(\$packedTimestamp)->unpack();

\$seconds = \$timestamp->getSeconds();
\$nanoseconds = \$timestamp->getNanoseconds();
``````

When using the `MessagePack` class, the Timestamp extension is already registered:

``````\$packedTimestamp = MessagePack::pack(Timestamp::now());
\$timestamp = MessagePack::unpack(\$packedTimestamp);
``````

Application-specific extensions

In addition, the format can be extended with your own types. For example, to make the built-in PHP `DateTime` objects first-class citizens in your code, you can create a corresponding extension, as shown in the example. Please note, that custom extensions have to be registered with a unique extension ID (an integer from `0` to `127`).

More extension examples can be found in the examples/MessagePack directory.

Exceptions

If an error occurs during packing/unpacking, a `PackingFailedException` or an `UnpackingFailedException` will be thrown, respectively. In addition, an `InsufficientDataException` can be thrown during unpacking.

An `InvalidOptionException` will be thrown in case an invalid option (or a combination of mutually exclusive options) is used.

Tests

Run tests as follows:

``````vendor/bin/phpunit
``````

Also, if you already have Docker installed, you can run the tests in a docker container. First, create a container:

``````./dockerfile.sh | docker build -t msgpack -
``````

The command above will create a container named `msgpack` with PHP 8.1 runtime. You may change the default runtime by defining the `PHP_IMAGE` environment variable:

``````PHP_IMAGE='php:8.0-cli' ./dockerfile.sh | docker build -t msgpack -
``````

See a list of various images here.

Then run the unit tests:

``````docker run --rm -v \$PWD:/msgpack -w /msgpack msgpack
``````

Fuzzing

To ensure that the unpacking works correctly with malformed/semi-malformed data, you can use a testing technique called Fuzzing. The library ships with a help file (target) for PHP-Fuzzer and can be used as follows:

``````php-fuzzer fuzz tests/fuzz_buffer_unpacker.php
``````

Performance

To check performance, run:

``````php -n -dzend_extension=opcache.so \
-dpcre.jit=1 -dopcache.enable=1 -dopcache.enable_cli=1 \
tests/bench.php
``````

Example output

``````Filter: MessagePack\Tests\Perf\Filter\ListFilter
Rounds: 3
Iterations: 100000

=============================================
Test/Target            Packer  BufferUnpacker
---------------------------------------------
nil .................. 0.0030 ........ 0.0139
false ................ 0.0037 ........ 0.0144
true ................. 0.0040 ........ 0.0137
7-bit uint #1 ........ 0.0052 ........ 0.0120
7-bit uint #2 ........ 0.0059 ........ 0.0114
7-bit uint #3 ........ 0.0061 ........ 0.0119
5-bit sint #1 ........ 0.0067 ........ 0.0126
5-bit sint #2 ........ 0.0064 ........ 0.0132
5-bit sint #3 ........ 0.0066 ........ 0.0135
8-bit uint #1 ........ 0.0078 ........ 0.0200
8-bit uint #2 ........ 0.0077 ........ 0.0212
8-bit uint #3 ........ 0.0086 ........ 0.0203
16-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0111 ........ 0.0271
16-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0115 ........ 0.0260
16-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0103 ........ 0.0273
32-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0116 ........ 0.0326
32-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0118 ........ 0.0332
32-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0127 ........ 0.0325
64-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0140 ........ 0.0277
64-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0134 ........ 0.0294
64-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0134 ........ 0.0281
8-bit int #1 ......... 0.0086 ........ 0.0241
8-bit int #2 ......... 0.0089 ........ 0.0225
8-bit int #3 ......... 0.0085 ........ 0.0229
16-bit int #1 ........ 0.0118 ........ 0.0280
16-bit int #2 ........ 0.0121 ........ 0.0270
16-bit int #3 ........ 0.0109 ........ 0.0274
32-bit int #1 ........ 0.0128 ........ 0.0346
32-bit int #2 ........ 0.0118 ........ 0.0339
32-bit int #3 ........ 0.0135 ........ 0.0368
64-bit int #1 ........ 0.0138 ........ 0.0276
64-bit int #2 ........ 0.0132 ........ 0.0286
64-bit int #3 ........ 0.0137 ........ 0.0274
64-bit int #4 ........ 0.0180 ........ 0.0285
64-bit float #1 ...... 0.0134 ........ 0.0284
64-bit float #2 ...... 0.0125 ........ 0.0275
64-bit float #3 ...... 0.0126 ........ 0.0283
fix string #1 ........ 0.0035 ........ 0.0133
fix string #2 ........ 0.0094 ........ 0.0216
fix string #3 ........ 0.0094 ........ 0.0222
fix string #4 ........ 0.0091 ........ 0.0241
8-bit string #1 ...... 0.0122 ........ 0.0301
8-bit string #2 ...... 0.0118 ........ 0.0304
8-bit string #3 ...... 0.0119 ........ 0.0315
16-bit string #1 ..... 0.0150 ........ 0.0388
16-bit string #2 ..... 0.1545 ........ 0.1665
32-bit string ........ 0.1570 ........ 0.1756
wide char string #1 .. 0.0091 ........ 0.0236
wide char string #2 .. 0.0122 ........ 0.0313
8-bit binary #1 ...... 0.0100 ........ 0.0302
8-bit binary #2 ...... 0.0123 ........ 0.0324
8-bit binary #3 ...... 0.0126 ........ 0.0327
16-bit binary ........ 0.0168 ........ 0.0372
32-bit binary ........ 0.1588 ........ 0.1754
fix array #1 ......... 0.0042 ........ 0.0131
fix array #2 ......... 0.0294 ........ 0.0367
fix array #3 ......... 0.0412 ........ 0.0472
16-bit array #1 ...... 0.1378 ........ 0.1596
16-bit array #2 ........... S ............. S
32-bit array .............. S ............. S
complex array ........ 0.1865 ........ 0.2283
fix map #1 ........... 0.0725 ........ 0.1048
fix map #2 ........... 0.0319 ........ 0.0405
fix map #3 ........... 0.0356 ........ 0.0665
fix map #4 ........... 0.0465 ........ 0.0497
16-bit map #1 ........ 0.2540 ........ 0.3028
16-bit map #2 ............. S ............. S
32-bit map ................ S ............. S
complex map .......... 0.2372 ........ 0.2710
fixext 1 ............. 0.0283 ........ 0.0358
fixext 2 ............. 0.0291 ........ 0.0371
fixext 4 ............. 0.0302 ........ 0.0355
fixext 8 ............. 0.0288 ........ 0.0384
fixext 16 ............ 0.0293 ........ 0.0359
8-bit ext ............ 0.0302 ........ 0.0439
16-bit ext ........... 0.0334 ........ 0.0499
32-bit ext ........... 0.1845 ........ 0.1888
32-bit timestamp #1 .. 0.0337 ........ 0.0547
32-bit timestamp #2 .. 0.0335 ........ 0.0560
64-bit timestamp #1 .. 0.0371 ........ 0.0575
64-bit timestamp #2 .. 0.0374 ........ 0.0542
64-bit timestamp #3 .. 0.0356 ........ 0.0533
96-bit timestamp #1 .. 0.0362 ........ 0.0699
96-bit timestamp #2 .. 0.0381 ........ 0.0701
96-bit timestamp #3 .. 0.0367 ........ 0.0687
=============================================
Total                  2.7618          4.0820
Skipped                     4               4
Failed                      0               0
Ignored                     0               0
``````

With JIT:

``````php -n -dzend_extension=opcache.so \
-dpcre.jit=1 -dopcache.jit_buffer_size=64M -dopcache.jit=tracing -dopcache.enable=1 -dopcache.enable_cli=1 \
tests/bench.php
``````

Example output

``````Filter: MessagePack\Tests\Perf\Filter\ListFilter
Rounds: 3
Iterations: 100000

=============================================
Test/Target            Packer  BufferUnpacker
---------------------------------------------
nil .................. 0.0005 ........ 0.0054
false ................ 0.0004 ........ 0.0059
true ................. 0.0004 ........ 0.0059
7-bit uint #1 ........ 0.0010 ........ 0.0047
7-bit uint #2 ........ 0.0010 ........ 0.0046
7-bit uint #3 ........ 0.0010 ........ 0.0046
5-bit sint #1 ........ 0.0025 ........ 0.0046
5-bit sint #2 ........ 0.0023 ........ 0.0046
5-bit sint #3 ........ 0.0024 ........ 0.0045
8-bit uint #1 ........ 0.0043 ........ 0.0081
8-bit uint #2 ........ 0.0043 ........ 0.0079
8-bit uint #3 ........ 0.0041 ........ 0.0080
16-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0064 ........ 0.0095
16-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0064 ........ 0.0091
16-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0064 ........ 0.0094
32-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0085 ........ 0.0114
32-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0077 ........ 0.0122
32-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0077 ........ 0.0120
64-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0085 ........ 0.0159
64-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0086 ........ 0.0157
64-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0086 ........ 0.0158
8-bit int #1 ......... 0.0042 ........ 0.0080
8-bit int #2 ......... 0.0042 ........ 0.0080
8-bit int #3 ......... 0.0042 ........ 0.0081
16-bit int #1 ........ 0.0065 ........ 0.0095
16-bit int #2 ........ 0.0065 ........ 0.0090
16-bit int #3 ........ 0.0056 ........ 0.0085
32-bit int #1 ........ 0.0067 ........ 0.0107
32-bit int #2 ........ 0.0066 ........ 0.0106
32-bit int #3 ........ 0.0063 ........ 0.0104
64-bit int #1 ........ 0.0072 ........ 0.0162
64-bit int #2 ........ 0.0073 ........ 0.0174
64-bit int #3 ........ 0.0072 ........ 0.0164
64-bit int #4 ........ 0.0077 ........ 0.0161
64-bit float #1 ...... 0.0053 ........ 0.0135
64-bit float #2 ...... 0.0053 ........ 0.0135
64-bit float #3 ...... 0.0052 ........ 0.0135
fix string #1 ....... -0.0002 ........ 0.0044
fix string #2 ........ 0.0035 ........ 0.0067
fix string #3 ........ 0.0035 ........ 0.0077
fix string #4 ........ 0.0033 ........ 0.0078
8-bit string #1 ...... 0.0059 ........ 0.0110
8-bit string #2 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0121
8-bit string #3 ...... 0.0064 ........ 0.0124
16-bit string #1 ..... 0.0099 ........ 0.0146
16-bit string #2 ..... 0.1522 ........ 0.1474
32-bit string ........ 0.1511 ........ 0.1483
wide char string #1 .. 0.0039 ........ 0.0084
wide char string #2 .. 0.0073 ........ 0.0123
8-bit binary #1 ...... 0.0040 ........ 0.0112
8-bit binary #2 ...... 0.0075 ........ 0.0123
8-bit binary #3 ...... 0.0077 ........ 0.0129
16-bit binary ........ 0.0096 ........ 0.0145
32-bit binary ........ 0.1535 ........ 0.1479
fix array #1 ......... 0.0008 ........ 0.0061
fix array #2 ......... 0.0121 ........ 0.0165
fix array #3 ......... 0.0193 ........ 0.0222
16-bit array #1 ...... 0.0607 ........ 0.0479
16-bit array #2 ........... S ............. S
32-bit array .............. S ............. S
complex array ........ 0.0749 ........ 0.0824
fix map #1 ........... 0.0329 ........ 0.0431
fix map #2 ........... 0.0161 ........ 0.0189
fix map #3 ........... 0.0205 ........ 0.0262
fix map #4 ........... 0.0252 ........ 0.0205
16-bit map #1 ........ 0.1016 ........ 0.0927
16-bit map #2 ............. S ............. S
32-bit map ................ S ............. S
complex map .......... 0.1096 ........ 0.1030
fixext 1 ............. 0.0157 ........ 0.0161
fixext 2 ............. 0.0175 ........ 0.0183
fixext 4 ............. 0.0156 ........ 0.0185
fixext 8 ............. 0.0163 ........ 0.0184
fixext 16 ............ 0.0164 ........ 0.0182
8-bit ext ............ 0.0158 ........ 0.0207
16-bit ext ........... 0.0203 ........ 0.0219
32-bit ext ........... 0.1614 ........ 0.1539
32-bit timestamp #1 .. 0.0195 ........ 0.0249
32-bit timestamp #2 .. 0.0188 ........ 0.0260
64-bit timestamp #1 .. 0.0207 ........ 0.0281
64-bit timestamp #2 .. 0.0212 ........ 0.0291
64-bit timestamp #3 .. 0.0207 ........ 0.0295
96-bit timestamp #1 .. 0.0222 ........ 0.0358
96-bit timestamp #2 .. 0.0228 ........ 0.0353
96-bit timestamp #3 .. 0.0210 ........ 0.0319
=============================================
Total                  1.6432          1.9674
Skipped                     4               4
Failed                      0               0
Ignored                     0               0
``````

You may change default benchmark settings by defining the following environment variables:

For example:

``````export MP_BENCH_TARGETS=pure_p
export MP_BENCH_ITERATIONS=1000000
export MP_BENCH_ROUNDS=5
# a comma separated list of test names
export MP_BENCH_TESTS='complex array, complex map'
# or a group name
# export MP_BENCH_TESTS='-@slow' // @pecl_comp
# or a regexp
# export MP_BENCH_TESTS='/complex (array|map)/'
``````

Another example, benchmarking both the library and the PECL extension:

``````MP_BENCH_TARGETS=pure_p,pure_u,pecl_p,pecl_u \
php -n -dextension=msgpack.so -dzend_extension=opcache.so \
-dpcre.jit=1 -dopcache.enable=1 -dopcache.enable_cli=1 \
tests/bench.php
``````

Example output

``````Filter: MessagePack\Tests\Perf\Filter\ListFilter
Rounds: 3
Iterations: 100000

===========================================================================
Test/Target            Packer  BufferUnpacker  msgpack_pack  msgpack_unpack
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
nil .................. 0.0031 ........ 0.0141 ...... 0.0055 ........ 0.0064
false ................ 0.0039 ........ 0.0154 ...... 0.0056 ........ 0.0053
true ................. 0.0038 ........ 0.0139 ...... 0.0056 ........ 0.0044
7-bit uint #1 ........ 0.0061 ........ 0.0110 ...... 0.0059 ........ 0.0046
7-bit uint #2 ........ 0.0065 ........ 0.0119 ...... 0.0042 ........ 0.0029
7-bit uint #3 ........ 0.0054 ........ 0.0117 ...... 0.0045 ........ 0.0025
5-bit sint #1 ........ 0.0047 ........ 0.0103 ...... 0.0038 ........ 0.0022
5-bit sint #2 ........ 0.0048 ........ 0.0117 ...... 0.0038 ........ 0.0022
5-bit sint #3 ........ 0.0046 ........ 0.0102 ...... 0.0038 ........ 0.0023
8-bit uint #1 ........ 0.0063 ........ 0.0174 ...... 0.0039 ........ 0.0031
8-bit uint #2 ........ 0.0063 ........ 0.0167 ...... 0.0040 ........ 0.0029
8-bit uint #3 ........ 0.0063 ........ 0.0168 ...... 0.0039 ........ 0.0030
16-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0092 ........ 0.0222 ...... 0.0049 ........ 0.0030
16-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0096 ........ 0.0227 ...... 0.0042 ........ 0.0046
16-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0123 ........ 0.0274 ...... 0.0059 ........ 0.0051
32-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0136 ........ 0.0331 ...... 0.0060 ........ 0.0048
32-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0130 ........ 0.0336 ...... 0.0070 ........ 0.0048
32-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0127 ........ 0.0329 ...... 0.0051 ........ 0.0048
64-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0126 ........ 0.0268 ...... 0.0055 ........ 0.0049
64-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0135 ........ 0.0281 ...... 0.0052 ........ 0.0046
64-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0131 ........ 0.0274 ...... 0.0069 ........ 0.0044
8-bit int #1 ......... 0.0077 ........ 0.0236 ...... 0.0058 ........ 0.0044
8-bit int #2 ......... 0.0087 ........ 0.0244 ...... 0.0058 ........ 0.0048
8-bit int #3 ......... 0.0084 ........ 0.0241 ...... 0.0055 ........ 0.0049
16-bit int #1 ........ 0.0112 ........ 0.0271 ...... 0.0048 ........ 0.0045
16-bit int #2 ........ 0.0124 ........ 0.0292 ...... 0.0057 ........ 0.0049
16-bit int #3 ........ 0.0118 ........ 0.0270 ...... 0.0058 ........ 0.0050
32-bit int #1 ........ 0.0137 ........ 0.0366 ...... 0.0058 ........ 0.0051
32-bit int #2 ........ 0.0133 ........ 0.0366 ...... 0.0056 ........ 0.0049
32-bit int #3 ........ 0.0129 ........ 0.0350 ...... 0.0052 ........ 0.0048
64-bit int #1 ........ 0.0145 ........ 0.0254 ...... 0.0034 ........ 0.0025
64-bit int #2 ........ 0.0097 ........ 0.0214 ...... 0.0034 ........ 0.0025
64-bit int #3 ........ 0.0096 ........ 0.0287 ...... 0.0059 ........ 0.0050
64-bit int #4 ........ 0.0143 ........ 0.0277 ...... 0.0059 ........ 0.0046
64-bit float #1 ...... 0.0134 ........ 0.0281 ...... 0.0057 ........ 0.0052
64-bit float #2 ...... 0.0141 ........ 0.0281 ...... 0.0057 ........ 0.0050
64-bit float #3 ...... 0.0144 ........ 0.0282 ...... 0.0057 ........ 0.0050
fix string #1 ........ 0.0036 ........ 0.0143 ...... 0.0066 ........ 0.0053
fix string #2 ........ 0.0107 ........ 0.0222 ...... 0.0065 ........ 0.0068
fix string #3 ........ 0.0116 ........ 0.0245 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0069
fix string #4 ........ 0.0105 ........ 0.0253 ...... 0.0083 ........ 0.0077
8-bit string #1 ...... 0.0126 ........ 0.0318 ...... 0.0075 ........ 0.0088
8-bit string #2 ...... 0.0121 ........ 0.0295 ...... 0.0076 ........ 0.0086
8-bit string #3 ...... 0.0125 ........ 0.0293 ...... 0.0130 ........ 0.0093
16-bit string #1 ..... 0.0159 ........ 0.0368 ...... 0.0117 ........ 0.0086
16-bit string #2 ..... 0.1547 ........ 0.1686 ...... 0.1516 ........ 0.1373
32-bit string ........ 0.1558 ........ 0.1729 ...... 0.1511 ........ 0.1396
wide char string #1 .. 0.0098 ........ 0.0237 ...... 0.0066 ........ 0.0065
wide char string #2 .. 0.0128 ........ 0.0291 ...... 0.0061 ........ 0.0082
8-bit binary #1 ........... I ............. I ........... F ............. I
8-bit binary #2 ........... I ............. I ........... F ............. I
8-bit binary #3 ........... I ............. I ........... F ............. I
16-bit binary ............. I ............. I ........... F ............. I
32-bit binary ............. I ............. I ........... F ............. I
fix array #1 ......... 0.0040 ........ 0.0129 ...... 0.0120 ........ 0.0058
fix array #2 ......... 0.0279 ........ 0.0390 ...... 0.0143 ........ 0.0165
fix array #3 ......... 0.0415 ........ 0.0463 ...... 0.0162 ........ 0.0187
16-bit array #1 ...... 0.1349 ........ 0.1628 ...... 0.0334 ........ 0.0341
16-bit array #2 ........... S ............. S ........... S ............. S
32-bit array .............. S ............. S ........... S ............. S
complex array ............. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fix map #1 ................ I ............. I ........... F ............. I
fix map #2 ........... 0.0345 ........ 0.0391 ...... 0.0143 ........ 0.0168
fix map #3 ................ I ............. I ........... F ............. I
fix map #4 ........... 0.0459 ........ 0.0473 ...... 0.0151 ........ 0.0163
16-bit map #1 ........ 0.2518 ........ 0.2962 ...... 0.0400 ........ 0.0490
16-bit map #2 ............. S ............. S ........... S ............. S
32-bit map ................ S ............. S ........... S ............. S
complex map .......... 0.2380 ........ 0.2682 ...... 0.0545 ........ 0.0579
fixext 1 .................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fixext 2 .................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fixext 4 .................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fixext 8 .................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fixext 16 ................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
8-bit ext ................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
16-bit ext ................ I ............. I ........... F ............. F
32-bit ext ................ I ............. I ........... F ............. F
32-bit timestamp #1 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
32-bit timestamp #2 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
64-bit timestamp #1 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
64-bit timestamp #2 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
64-bit timestamp #3 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
96-bit timestamp #1 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
96-bit timestamp #2 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
96-bit timestamp #3 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
===========================================================================
Total                  1.5625          2.3866        0.7735          0.7243
Skipped                     4               4             4               4
Failed                      0               0            24              17
Ignored                    24              24             0               7
``````

With JIT:

``````MP_BENCH_TARGETS=pure_p,pure_u,pecl_p,pecl_u \
php -n -dextension=msgpack.so -dzend_extension=opcache.so \
-dpcre.jit=1 -dopcache.jit_buffer_size=64M -dopcache.jit=tracing -dopcache.enable=1 -dopcache.enable_cli=1 \
tests/bench.php
``````

Example output

``````Filter: MessagePack\Tests\Perf\Filter\ListFilter
Rounds: 3
Iterations: 100000

===========================================================================
Test/Target            Packer  BufferUnpacker  msgpack_pack  msgpack_unpack
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
nil .................. 0.0001 ........ 0.0052 ...... 0.0053 ........ 0.0042
false ................ 0.0007 ........ 0.0060 ...... 0.0057 ........ 0.0043
true ................. 0.0008 ........ 0.0060 ...... 0.0056 ........ 0.0041
7-bit uint #1 ........ 0.0031 ........ 0.0046 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0041
7-bit uint #2 ........ 0.0021 ........ 0.0043 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0041
7-bit uint #3 ........ 0.0022 ........ 0.0044 ...... 0.0061 ........ 0.0040
5-bit sint #1 ........ 0.0030 ........ 0.0048 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0040
5-bit sint #2 ........ 0.0032 ........ 0.0046 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0040
5-bit sint #3 ........ 0.0031 ........ 0.0046 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0040
8-bit uint #1 ........ 0.0054 ........ 0.0079 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0050
8-bit uint #2 ........ 0.0051 ........ 0.0079 ...... 0.0064 ........ 0.0044
8-bit uint #3 ........ 0.0051 ........ 0.0082 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0044
16-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0077 ........ 0.0094 ...... 0.0065 ........ 0.0045
16-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0077 ........ 0.0094 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0045
16-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0077 ........ 0.0095 ...... 0.0064 ........ 0.0047
32-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0088 ........ 0.0119 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0043
32-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0089 ........ 0.0117 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0039
32-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0089 ........ 0.0118 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0044
64-bit uint #1 ....... 0.0097 ........ 0.0155 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0045
64-bit uint #2 ....... 0.0095 ........ 0.0153 ...... 0.0061 ........ 0.0045
64-bit uint #3 ....... 0.0096 ........ 0.0156 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0047
8-bit int #1 ......... 0.0053 ........ 0.0083 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0044
8-bit int #2 ......... 0.0052 ........ 0.0080 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0044
8-bit int #3 ......... 0.0052 ........ 0.0080 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0043
16-bit int #1 ........ 0.0089 ........ 0.0097 ...... 0.0069 ........ 0.0046
16-bit int #2 ........ 0.0075 ........ 0.0093 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0043
16-bit int #3 ........ 0.0075 ........ 0.0094 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0046
32-bit int #1 ........ 0.0086 ........ 0.0122 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0044
32-bit int #2 ........ 0.0087 ........ 0.0120 ...... 0.0066 ........ 0.0046
32-bit int #3 ........ 0.0086 ........ 0.0121 ...... 0.0060 ........ 0.0044
64-bit int #1 ........ 0.0096 ........ 0.0149 ...... 0.0060 ........ 0.0045
64-bit int #2 ........ 0.0096 ........ 0.0157 ...... 0.0062 ........ 0.0044
64-bit int #3 ........ 0.0096 ........ 0.0160 ...... 0.0063 ........ 0.0046
64-bit int #4 ........ 0.0097 ........ 0.0157 ...... 0.0061 ........ 0.0044
64-bit float #1 ...... 0.0079 ........ 0.0153 ...... 0.0056 ........ 0.0044
64-bit float #2 ...... 0.0079 ........ 0.0152 ...... 0.0057 ........ 0.0045
64-bit float #3 ...... 0.0079 ........ 0.0155 ...... 0.0057 ........ 0.0044
fix string #1 ........ 0.0010 ........ 0.0045 ...... 0.0071 ........ 0.0044
fix string #2 ........ 0.0048 ........ 0.0075 ...... 0.0070 ........ 0.0060
fix string #3 ........ 0.0048 ........ 0.0086 ...... 0.0068 ........ 0.0060
fix string #4 ........ 0.0050 ........ 0.0088 ...... 0.0070 ........ 0.0059
8-bit string #1 ...... 0.0081 ........ 0.0129 ...... 0.0069 ........ 0.0062
8-bit string #2 ...... 0.0086 ........ 0.0128 ...... 0.0069 ........ 0.0065
8-bit string #3 ...... 0.0086 ........ 0.0126 ...... 0.0115 ........ 0.0065
16-bit string #1 ..... 0.0105 ........ 0.0137 ...... 0.0128 ........ 0.0068
16-bit string #2 ..... 0.1510 ........ 0.1486 ...... 0.1526 ........ 0.1391
32-bit string ........ 0.1517 ........ 0.1475 ...... 0.1504 ........ 0.1370
wide char string #1 .. 0.0044 ........ 0.0085 ...... 0.0067 ........ 0.0057
wide char string #2 .. 0.0081 ........ 0.0125 ...... 0.0069 ........ 0.0063
8-bit binary #1 ........... I ............. I ........... F ............. I
8-bit binary #2 ........... I ............. I ........... F ............. I
8-bit binary #3 ........... I ............. I ........... F ............. I
16-bit binary ............. I ............. I ........... F ............. I
32-bit binary ............. I ............. I ........... F ............. I
fix array #1 ......... 0.0014 ........ 0.0059 ...... 0.0132 ........ 0.0055
fix array #2 ......... 0.0146 ........ 0.0156 ...... 0.0155 ........ 0.0148
fix array #3 ......... 0.0211 ........ 0.0229 ...... 0.0179 ........ 0.0180
16-bit array #1 ...... 0.0673 ........ 0.0498 ...... 0.0343 ........ 0.0388
16-bit array #2 ........... S ............. S ........... S ............. S
32-bit array .............. S ............. S ........... S ............. S
complex array ............. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fix map #1 ................ I ............. I ........... F ............. I
fix map #2 ........... 0.0148 ........ 0.0180 ...... 0.0156 ........ 0.0179
fix map #3 ................ I ............. I ........... F ............. I
fix map #4 ........... 0.0252 ........ 0.0201 ...... 0.0214 ........ 0.0167
16-bit map #1 ........ 0.1027 ........ 0.0836 ...... 0.0388 ........ 0.0510
16-bit map #2 ............. S ............. S ........... S ............. S
32-bit map ................ S ............. S ........... S ............. S
complex map .......... 0.1104 ........ 0.1010 ...... 0.0556 ........ 0.0602
fixext 1 .................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fixext 2 .................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fixext 4 .................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fixext 8 .................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
fixext 16 ................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
8-bit ext ................. I ............. I ........... F ............. F
16-bit ext ................ I ............. I ........... F ............. F
32-bit ext ................ I ............. I ........... F ............. F
32-bit timestamp #1 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
32-bit timestamp #2 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
64-bit timestamp #1 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
64-bit timestamp #2 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
64-bit timestamp #3 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
96-bit timestamp #1 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
96-bit timestamp #2 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
96-bit timestamp #3 ....... I ............. I ........... F ............. F
===========================================================================
Total                  0.9642          1.0909        0.8224          0.7213
Skipped                     4               4             4               4
Failed                      0               0            24              17
Ignored                    24              24             0               7
``````

Note that the msgpack extension (v2.1.2) doesn't support ext, bin and UTF-8 str types.

The library is released under the MIT License. See the bundled LICENSE file for details.

Author: rybakit
Source Code: https://github.com/rybakit/msgpack.php

1648803600

plpgsql_check

I founded this project, because I wanted to publish the code I wrote in the last two years, when I tried to write enhanced checking for PostgreSQL upstream. It was not fully successful - integration into upstream requires some larger plpgsql refactoring - probably it will not be done in next years (now is Dec 2013). But written code is fully functional and can be used in production (and it is used in production). So, I created this extension to be available for all plpgsql developers.

If you like it and if you would to join to development of this extension, register yourself to postgresql extension hacking google group.

Features

• check fields of referenced database objects and types inside embedded SQL
• using correct types of function parameters
• unused variables and function argumens, unmodified OUT argumens
• partially detection of dead code (due RETURN command)
• detection of missing RETURN command in function
• try to identify unwanted hidden casts, that can be performance issue like unused indexes
• possibility to collect relations and functions used by function
• possibility to check EXECUTE stmt agaist SQL injection vulnerability

I invite any ideas, patches, bugreports.

plpgsql_check is next generation of plpgsql_lint. It allows to check source code by explicit call plpgsql_check_function.

PostgreSQL PostgreSQL 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 are supported.

The SQL statements inside PL/pgSQL functions are checked by validator for semantic errors. These errors can be found by plpgsql_check_function:

Active mode

``````postgres=# CREATE EXTENSION plpgsql_check;
postgres=# CREATE TABLE t1(a int, b int);
CREATE TABLE

postgres=#
CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.f1()
RETURNS void
LANGUAGE plpgsql
AS \$function\$
DECLARE r record;
BEGIN
FOR r IN SELECT * FROM t1
LOOP
RAISE NOTICE '%', r.c; -- there is bug - table t1 missing "c" column
END LOOP;
END;
\$function\$;

CREATE FUNCTION

postgres=# select f1(); -- execution doesn't find a bug due to empty table t1
f1
────

(1 row)

postgres=# \x
Expanded display is on.
postgres=# select * from plpgsql_check_function_tb('f1()');
─[ RECORD 1 ]───────────────────────────
functionid │ f1
lineno     │ 6
statement  │ RAISE
sqlstate   │ 42703
message    │ record "r" has no field "c"
detail     │ [null]
hint       │ [null]
level      │ error
position   │ 0
query      │ [null]

postgres=# \sf+ f1
CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.f1()
RETURNS void
LANGUAGE plpgsql
1       AS \$function\$
2       DECLARE r record;
3       BEGIN
4         FOR r IN SELECT * FROM t1
5         LOOP
6           RAISE NOTICE '%', r.c; -- there is bug - table t1 missing "c" column
7         END LOOP;
8       END;
9       \$function\$
``````

Function plpgsql_check_function() has three possible formats: text, json or xml

``````select * from plpgsql_check_function('f1()', fatal_errors := false);
plpgsql_check_function
------------------------------------------------------------------------
error:42703:4:SQL statement:column "c" of relation "t1" does not exist
Query: update t1 set c = 30
--                   ^
error:42P01:7:RAISE:missing FROM-clause entry for table "r"
Query: SELECT r.c
--            ^
error:42601:7:RAISE:too few parameters specified for RAISE
(7 rows)

postgres=# select * from plpgsql_check_function('fx()', format:='xml');
plpgsql_check_function
────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
<Function oid="16400">                                        ↵
<Issue>                                                     ↵
<Level>error</level>                                      ↵
<Sqlstate>42P01</Sqlstate>                                ↵
<Message>relation "foo111" does not exist</Message>       ↵
<Stmt lineno="3">RETURN</Stmt>                            ↵
<Query position="23">SELECT (select a from foo111)</Query>↵
</Issue>                                                    ↵
</Function>
(1 row)
``````

Arguments

You can set level of warnings via function's parameters:

Mandatory arguments

• function name or function signature - these functions requires function specification. Any function in PostgreSQL can be specified by Oid or by name or by signature. When you know oid or complete function's signature, you can use a regprocedure type parameter like `'fx()'::regprocedure` or `16799::regprocedure`. Possible alternative is using a name only, when function's name is unique - like `'fx'`. When the name is not unique or the function doesn't exists it raises a error.

Optional arguments

`relid DEFAULT 0` - oid of relation assigned with trigger function. It is necessary for check of any trigger function.

`fatal_errors boolean DEFAULT true` - stop on first error

`other_warnings boolean DEFAULT true` - show warnings like different attributes number in assignmenet on left and right side, variable overlaps function's parameter, unused variables, unwanted casting, ..

`extra_warnings boolean DEFAULT true` - show warnings like missing `RETURN`, shadowed variables, dead code, never read (unused) function's parameter, unmodified variables, modified auto variables, ..

`performance_warnings boolean DEFAULT false` - performance related warnings like declared type with type modificator, casting, implicit casts in where clause (can be reason why index is not used), ..

`security_warnings boolean DEFAULT false` - security related checks like SQL injection vulnerability detection

`anyelementtype regtype DEFAULT 'int'` - a real type used instead anyelement type

`anyenumtype regtype DEFAULT '-'` - a real type used instead anyenum type

`anyrangetype regtype DEFAULT 'int4range'` - a real type used instead anyrange type

`anycompatibletype DEFAULT 'int'` - a real type used instead anycompatible type

`anycompatiblerangetype DEFAULT 'int4range'` - a real type used instead anycompatible range type

`without_warnings DEFAULT false` - disable all warnings

`all_warnings DEFAULT false` - enable all warnings

`newtable DEFAULT NULL`, `oldtable DEFAULT NULL` - the names of NEW or OLD transitive tables. These parameters are required when transitive tables are used.

Triggers

When you want to check any trigger, you have to enter a relation that will be used together with trigger function

``````CREATE TABLE bar(a int, b int);

postgres=# \sf+ foo_trg
CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.foo_trg()
RETURNS trigger
LANGUAGE plpgsql
1       AS \$function\$
2       BEGIN
3         NEW.c := NEW.a + NEW.b;
4         RETURN NEW;
5       END;
6       \$function\$
``````

Missing relation specification

``````postgres=# select * from plpgsql_check_function('foo_trg()');
ERROR:  missing trigger relation
HINT:  Trigger relation oid must be valid
``````

Correct trigger checking (with specified relation)

``````postgres=# select * from plpgsql_check_function('foo_trg()', 'bar');
plpgsql_check_function
--------------------------------------------------------
error:42703:3:assignment:record "new" has no field "c"
(1 row)
``````

For triggers with transitive tables you can set a `oldtable` or `newtable` parameters:

``````create or replace function footab_trig_func()
returns trigger as \$\$
declare x int;
begin
if false then
-- should be ok;
select count(*) from newtab into x;

-- should fail;
select count(*) from newtab where d = 10 into x;
end if;
return null;
end;
\$\$ language plpgsql;

select * from plpgsql_check_function('footab_trig_func','footab', newtable := 'newtab');
``````

Mass check

You can use the plpgsql_check_function for mass check functions and mass check triggers. Please, test following queries:

``````-- check all nontrigger plpgsql functions
SELECT p.oid, p.proname, plpgsql_check_function(p.oid)
FROM pg_catalog.pg_namespace n
JOIN pg_catalog.pg_proc p ON pronamespace = n.oid
JOIN pg_catalog.pg_language l ON p.prolang = l.oid
WHERE l.lanname = 'plpgsql' AND p.prorettype <> 2279;
``````

or

``````SELECT p.proname, tgrelid::regclass, cf.*
FROM pg_proc p
JOIN pg_trigger t ON t.tgfoid = p.oid
JOIN pg_language l ON p.prolang = l.oid
JOIN pg_namespace n ON p.pronamespace = n.oid,
LATERAL plpgsql_check_function(p.oid, t.tgrelid) cf
WHERE n.nspname = 'public' and l.lanname = 'plpgsql'
``````

or

``````-- check all plpgsql functions (functions or trigger functions with defined triggers)
SELECT
(pcf).functionid::regprocedure, (pcf).lineno, (pcf).statement,
(pcf).sqlstate, (pcf).message, (pcf).detail, (pcf).hint, (pcf).level,
(pcf)."position", (pcf).query, (pcf).context
FROM
(
SELECT
plpgsql_check_function_tb(pg_proc.oid, COALESCE(pg_trigger.tgrelid, 0)) AS pcf
FROM pg_proc
LEFT JOIN pg_trigger
ON (pg_trigger.tgfoid = pg_proc.oid)
WHERE
prolang = (SELECT lang.oid FROM pg_language lang WHERE lang.lanname = 'plpgsql') AND
pronamespace <> (SELECT nsp.oid FROM pg_namespace nsp WHERE nsp.nspname = 'pg_catalog') AND
-- ignore unused triggers
(pg_proc.prorettype <> (SELECT typ.oid FROM pg_type typ WHERE typ.typname = 'trigger') OR
pg_trigger.tgfoid IS NOT NULL)
OFFSET 0
) ss
ORDER BY (pcf).functionid::regprocedure::text, (pcf).lineno
``````

Passive mode

Functions should be checked on start - plpgsql_check module must be loaded.

Configuration

``````plpgsql_check.mode = [ disabled | by_function | fresh_start | every_start ]
plpgsql_check.fatal_errors = [ yes | no ]

plpgsql_check.show_nonperformance_warnings = false
plpgsql_check.show_performance_warnings = false
``````

Default mode is by_function, that means that the enhanced check is done only in active mode - by plpgsql_check_function. `fresh_start` means cold start.

You can enable passive mode by

``````load 'plpgsql'; -- 1.1 and higher doesn't need it
set plpgsql_check.mode = 'every_start';

SELECT fx(10); -- run functions - function is checked before runtime starts it
``````

Limits

plpgsql_check should find almost all errors on really static code. When developer use some PLpgSQL's dynamic features like dynamic SQL or record data type, then false positives are possible. These should be rare - in well written code - and then the affected function should be redesigned or plpgsql_check should be disabled for this function.

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION f1()
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE r record;
BEGIN
FOR r IN EXECUTE 'SELECT * FROM t1'
LOOP
RAISE NOTICE '%', r.c;
END LOOP;
END;
\$\$ LANGUAGE plpgsql SET plpgsql.enable_check TO false;
``````

A usage of plpgsql_check adds a small overhead (in enabled passive mode) and you should use it only in develop or preprod environments.

Dynamic SQL

This module doesn't check queries that are assembled in runtime. It is not possible to identify results of dynamic queries - so plpgsql_check cannot to set correct type to record variables and cannot to check a dependent SQLs and expressions.

When type of record's variable is not know, you can assign it explicitly with pragma `type`:

``````DECLARE r record;
BEGIN
EXECUTE format('SELECT * FROM %I', _tablename) INTO r;
PERFORM plpgsql_check_pragma('type: r (id int, processed bool)');
IF NOT r.processed THEN
...
``````

Attention: The SQL injection check can detect only some SQL injection vulnerabilities. This tool cannot be used for security audit! Some issues should not be detected. This check can raise false alarms too - probably when variable is sanitized by other command or when value is of some compose type.

Refcursors

plpgsql_check should not to detect structure of referenced cursors. A reference on cursor in PLpgSQL is implemented as name of global cursor. In check time, the name is not known (not in all possibilities), and global cursor doesn't exist. It is significant break for any static analyse. PLpgSQL cannot to set correct type for record variables and cannot to check a dependent SQLs and expressions. A solution is same like dynamic SQL. Don't use record variable as target when you use refcursor type or disable plpgsql_check for these functions.

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION foo(refcur_var refcursor)
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE
rec_var record;
BEGIN
FETCH refcur_var INTO rec_var; -- this is STOP for plpgsql_check
RAISE NOTICE '%', rec_var;     -- record rec_var is not assigned yet error
``````

In this case a record type should not be used (use known rowtype instead):

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION foo(refcur_var refcursor)
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE
rec_var some_rowtype;
BEGIN
FETCH refcur_var INTO rec_var;
RAISE NOTICE '%', rec_var;
``````

Temporary tables

plpgsql_check cannot verify queries over temporary tables that are created in plpgsql's function runtime. For this use case it is necessary to create a fake temp table or disable plpgsql_check for this function.

In reality temp tables are stored in own (per user) schema with higher priority than persistent tables. So you can do (with following trick safetly):

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.disable_dml()
RETURNS trigger
LANGUAGE plpgsql AS \$function\$
BEGIN
RAISE EXCEPTION SQLSTATE '42P01'
USING message = format('this instance of %I table doesn''t allow any DML operation', TG_TABLE_NAME),
hint = format('you should to run "CREATE TEMP TABLE %1\$I(LIKE %1\$I INCLUDING ALL);" statement',
TG_TABLE_NAME);
RETURN NULL;
END;
\$function\$;

CREATE TABLE foo(a int, b int); -- doesn't hold data ever
CREATE TRIGGER foo_disable_dml
BEFORE INSERT OR UPDATE OR DELETE ON foo
EXECUTE PROCEDURE disable_dml();

postgres=# INSERT INTO  foo VALUES(10,20);
ERROR:  this instance of foo table doesn't allow any DML operation
HINT:  you should to run "CREATE TEMP TABLE foo(LIKE foo INCLUDING ALL);" statement
postgres=#

CREATE TABLE
postgres=# INSERT INTO  foo VALUES(10,20);
INSERT 0 1
``````

This trick emulates GLOBAL TEMP tables partially and it allows a statical validation. Other possibility is using a [template foreign data wrapper] (https://github.com/okbob/template_fdw)

You can use pragma `table` and create ephemeral table:

``````BEGIN
CREATE TEMP TABLE xxx(a int);
PERFORM plpgsql_check_pragma('table: xxx(a int)');
INSERT INTO xxx VALUES(10);
``````

Dependency list

A function plpgsql_show_dependency_tb can show all functions, operators and relations used inside processed function:

``````postgres=# select * from plpgsql_show_dependency_tb('testfunc(int,float)');
┌──────────┬───────┬────────┬─────────┬────────────────────────────┐
│   type   │  oid  │ schema │  name   │           params           │
╞══════════╪═══════╪════════╪═════════╪════════════════════════════╡
│ FUNCTION │ 36008 │ public │ myfunc1 │ (integer,double precision) │
│ FUNCTION │ 35999 │ public │ myfunc2 │ (integer,double precision) │
│ OPERATOR │ 36007 │ public │ **      │ (integer,integer)          │
│ RELATION │ 36005 │ public │ myview  │                            │
│ RELATION │ 36002 │ public │ mytable │                            │
└──────────┴───────┴────────┴─────────┴────────────────────────────┘
(4 rows)
``````

Profiler

The plpgsql_check contains simple profiler of plpgsql functions and procedures. It can work with/without a access to shared memory. It depends on `shared_preload_libraries` config. When plpgsql_check was initialized by `shared_preload_libraries`, then it can allocate shared memory, and function's profiles are stored there. When plpgsql_check cannot to allocate shared momory, the profile is stored in session memory.

Due dependencies, `shared_preload_libraries` should to contains `plpgsql` first

``````postgres=# show shared_preload_libraries ;
┌──────────────────────────┐
╞══════════════════════════╡
│ plpgsql,plpgsql_check    │
└──────────────────────────┘
(1 row)
``````

The profiler is active when GUC `plpgsql_check.profiler` is on. The profiler doesn't require shared memory, but if there are not shared memory, then the profile is limmitted just to active session.

When plpgsql_check is initialized by `shared_preload_libraries`, another GUC is available to configure the amount of shared memory used by the profiler: `plpgsql_check.profiler_max_shared_chunks`. This defines the maximum number of statements chunk that can be stored in shared memory. For each plpgsql function (or procedure), the whole content is split into chunks of 30 statements. If needed, multiple chunks can be used to store the whole content of a single function. A single chunk is 1704 bytes. The default value for this GUC is 15000, which should be enough for big projects containing hundred of thousands of statements in plpgsql, and will consume about 24MB of memory. If your project doesn't require that much number of chunks, you can set this parameter to a smaller number in order to decrease the memory usage. The minimum value is 50 (which should consume about 83kB of memory), and the maximum value is 100000 (which should consume about 163MB of memory). Changing this parameter requires a PostgreSQL restart.

The profiler will also retrieve the query identifier for each instruction that contains an expression or optimizable statement. Note that this requires pg_stat_statements, or another similar third-party extension), to be installed. There are some limitations to the query identifier retrieval:

• if a plpgsql expression contains underlying statements, only the top level query identifier will be retrieved
• the profiler doesn't compute query identifier by itself but relies on external extension, such as pg_stat_statements, for that. It means that depending on the external extension behavior, you may not be able to see a query identifier for some statements. That's for instance the case with DDL statements, as pg_stat_statements doesn't expose the query identifier for such queries.
• a query identifier is retrieved only for instructions containing expressions. This means that plpgsql_profiler_function_tb() function can report less query identifier than instructions on a single line.

Attention: A update of shared profiles can decrease performance on servers under higher load.

The profile can be displayed by function `plpgsql_profiler_function_tb`:

``````postgres=# select lineno, avg_time, source from plpgsql_profiler_function_tb('fx(int)');
┌────────┬──────────┬───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
│ lineno │ avg_time │                              source                               │
╞════════╪══════════╪═══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╡
│      1 │          │                                                                   │
│      2 │          │ declare result int = 0;                                           │
│      3 │    0.075 │ begin                                                             │
│      4 │    0.202 │   for i in 1..\$1 loop                                             │
│      5 │    0.005 │     select result + i into result; select result + i into result; │
│      6 │          │   end loop;                                                       │
│      7 │        0 │   return result;                                                  │
│      8 │          │ end;                                                              │
└────────┴──────────┴───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘
(9 rows)
``````

The profile per statements (not per line) can be displayed by function plpgsql_profiler_function_statements_tb:

``````        CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.fx1(a integer)
RETURNS integer
LANGUAGE plpgsql
1       AS \$function\$
2       begin
3         if a > 10 then
4           raise notice 'ahoj';
5           return -1;
6         else
7           raise notice 'nazdar';
8           return 1;
9         end if;
10      end;
11      \$function\$

postgres=# select stmtid, parent_stmtid, parent_note, lineno, exec_stmts, stmtname
from plpgsql_profiler_function_statements_tb('fx1');
┌────────┬───────────────┬─────────────┬────────┬────────────┬─────────────────┐
│ stmtid │ parent_stmtid │ parent_note │ lineno │ exec_stmts │    stmtname     │
╞════════╪═══════════════╪═════════════╪════════╪════════════╪═════════════════╡
│      0 │             ∅ │ ∅           │      2 │          0 │ statement block │
│      1 │             0 │ body        │      3 │          0 │ IF              │
│      2 │             1 │ then body   │      4 │          0 │ RAISE           │
│      3 │             1 │ then body   │      5 │          0 │ RETURN          │
│      4 │             1 │ else body   │      7 │          0 │ RAISE           │
│      5 │             1 │ else body   │      8 │          0 │ RETURN          │
└────────┴───────────────┴─────────────┴────────┴────────────┴─────────────────┘
(6 rows)
``````

All stored profiles can be displayed by calling function `plpgsql_profiler_functions_all`:

``````postgres=# select * from plpgsql_profiler_functions_all();
┌───────────────────────┬────────────┬────────────┬──────────┬─────────────┬──────────┬──────────┐
│        funcoid        │ exec_count │ total_time │ avg_time │ stddev_time │ min_time │ max_time │
╞═══════════════════════╪════════════╪════════════╪══════════╪═════════════╪══════════╪══════════╡
│ fxx(double precision) │          1 │       0.01 │     0.01 │        0.00 │     0.01 │     0.01 │
└───────────────────────┴────────────┴────────────┴──────────┴─────────────┴──────────┴──────────┘
(1 row)
``````

There are two functions for cleaning stored profiles: `plpgsql_profiler_reset_all()` and `plpgsql_profiler_reset(regprocedure)`.

Coverage metrics

plpgsql_check provides two functions:

• `plpgsql_coverage_statements(name)`
• `plpgsql_coverage_branches(name)`

Note

There is another very good PLpgSQL profiler - https://bitbucket.org/openscg/plprofiler

My extension is designed to be simple for use and practical. Nothing more or less.

plprofiler is more complex. It build call graphs and from this graph it can creates flame graph of execution times.

Both extensions can be used together with buildin PostgreSQL's feature - tracking functions.

``````set track_functions to 'pl';
...
select * from pg_stat_user_functions;
``````

Tracer

plpgsql_check provides a tracing possibility - in this mode you can see notices on start or end functions (terse and default verbosity) and start or end statements (verbose verbosity). For default and verbose verbosity the content of function arguments is displayed. The content of related variables are displayed when verbosity is verbose.

``````postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #0 ->> start of inline_code_block (Oid=0)
NOTICE:  #2   ->> start of function fx(integer,integer,date,text) (Oid=16405)
NOTICE:  #2        call by inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:  #2       "a" => '10', "b" => null, "c" => '2020-08-03', "d" => 'stěhule'
NOTICE:  #4     ->> start of function fx(integer) (Oid=16404)
NOTICE:  #4          call by fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:  #4         "a" => '10'
NOTICE:  #4     <<- end of function fx (elapsed time=0.098 ms)
NOTICE:  #2   <<- end of function fx (elapsed time=0.399 ms)
NOTICE:  #0 <<- end of block (elapsed time=0.754 ms)
``````

The number after `#` is a execution frame counter (this number is related to deep of error context stack). It allows to pair start end and of function.

Tracing is enabled by setting `plpgsql_check.tracer` to `on`. Attention - enabling this behaviour has significant negative impact on performance (unlike the profiler). You can set a level for output used by tracer `plpgsql_check.tracer_errlevel` (default is `notice`). The output content is limited by length specified by `plpgsql_check.tracer_variable_max_length` configuration variable.

In terse verbose mode the output is reduced:

``````postgres=# set plpgsql_check.tracer_verbosity TO terse;
SET
postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #0 start of inline code block (oid=0)
NOTICE:  #2 start of fx (oid=16405)
NOTICE:  #4 start of fx (oid=16404)
NOTICE:  #4 end of fx
NOTICE:  #2 end of fx
NOTICE:  #0 end of inline code block
``````

In verbose mode the output is extended about statement details:

``````postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #0            ->> start of block inline_code_block (oid=0)
NOTICE:  #0.1       1  --> start of PERFORM
NOTICE:  #2              ->> start of function fx(integer,integer,date,text) (oid=16405)
NOTICE:  #2                   call by inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:  #2                  "a" => '10', "b" => null, "c" => '2020-08-04', "d" => 'stěhule'
NOTICE:  #2.1       1    --> start of PERFORM
NOTICE:  #2.1                "a" => '10'
NOTICE:  #4                ->> start of function fx(integer) (oid=16404)
NOTICE:  #4                     call by fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:  #4                    "a" => '10'
NOTICE:  #4.1       6      --> start of assignment
NOTICE:  #4.1                  "a" => '10', "b" => '20'
NOTICE:  #4.1              <-- end of assignment (elapsed time=0.076 ms)
NOTICE:  #4.1                  "res" => '130'
NOTICE:  #4.2       7      --> start of RETURN
NOTICE:  #4.2                  "res" => '130'
NOTICE:  #4.2              <-- end of RETURN (elapsed time=0.054 ms)
NOTICE:  #4                <<- end of function fx (elapsed time=0.373 ms)
NOTICE:  #2.1            <-- end of PERFORM (elapsed time=0.589 ms)
NOTICE:  #2              <<- end of function fx (elapsed time=0.727 ms)
NOTICE:  #0.1          <-- end of PERFORM (elapsed time=1.147 ms)
NOTICE:  #0            <<- end of block (elapsed time=1.286 ms)
``````

Special feature of tracer is tracing of `ASSERT` statement when `plpgsql_check.trace_assert` is `on`. When `plpgsql_check.trace_assert_verbosity` is `DEFAULT`, then all function's or procedure's variables are displayed when assert expression is false. When this configuration is `VERBOSE` then all variables from all plpgsql frames are displayed. This behaviour is independent on `plpgsql.check_asserts` value. It can be used, although the assertions are disabled in plpgsql runtime.

``````postgres=# set plpgsql_check.tracer to off;
postgres=# set plpgsql_check.trace_assert_verbosity TO verbose;

postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #4 PLpgSQL assert expression (false) on line 12 of fx(integer) is false
NOTICE:   "a" => '10', "res" => null, "b" => '20'
NOTICE:  #2 PL/pgSQL function fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:   "a" => '10', "b" => null, "c" => '2020-08-05', "d" => 'stěhule'
NOTICE:  #0 PL/pgSQL function inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM
ERROR:  assertion failed
CONTEXT:  PL/pgSQL function fx(integer) line 12 at ASSERT
SQL statement "SELECT fx(a)"
PL/pgSQL function fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
SQL statement "SELECT fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule')"
PL/pgSQL function inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM

postgres=# set plpgsql.check_asserts to off;
SET
postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #4 PLpgSQL assert expression (false) on line 12 of fx(integer) is false
NOTICE:   "a" => '10', "res" => null, "b" => '20'
NOTICE:  #2 PL/pgSQL function fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:   "a" => '10', "b" => null, "c" => '2020-08-05', "d" => 'stěhule'
NOTICE:  #0 PL/pgSQL function inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM
DO
``````

Attention - SECURITY

Tracer prints content of variables or function arguments. For security definer function, this content can hold security sensitive data. This is reason why tracer is disabled by default and should be enabled only with super user rights `plpgsql_check.enable_tracer`.

Pragma

You can configure plpgsql_check behave inside checked function with "pragma" function. This is a analogy of PL/SQL or ADA language of PRAGMA feature. PLpgSQL doesn't support PRAGMA, but plpgsql_check detects function named `plpgsql_check_pragma` and get options from parameters of this function. These plpgsql_check options are valid to end of group of statements.

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION test()
RETURNS void AS \$\$
BEGIN
...
-- for following statements disable check
PERFORM plpgsql_check_pragma('disable:check');
...
-- enable check again
PERFORM plpgsql_check_pragma('enable:check');
...
END;
\$\$ LANGUAGE plpgsql;
``````

The function `plpgsql_check_pragma` is immutable function that returns one. It is defined by `plpgsql_check` extension. You can declare alternative `plpgsql_check_pragma` function like:

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION plpgsql_check_pragma(VARIADIC args[])
RETURNS int AS \$\$
SELECT 1
\$\$ LANGUAGE sql IMMUTABLE;
``````

Using pragma function in declaration part of top block sets options on function level too.

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION test()
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE
aux int := plpgsql_check_pragma('disable:extra_warnings');
...
``````

Shorter syntax for pragma is supported too:

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION test()
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE r record;
BEGIN
PERFORM 'PRAGMA:TYPE:r (a int, b int)';
PERFORM 'PRAGMA:TABLE: x (like pg_class)';
...
``````

Supported pragmas

`echo:str` - print string (for testing)

`status:check`,`status:tracer`, `status:other_warnings`, `status:performance_warnings`, `status:extra_warnings`,`status:security_warnings`

`enable:check`,`enable:tracer`, `enable:other_warnings`, `enable:performance_warnings`, `enable:extra_warnings`,`enable:security_warnings`

`disable:check`,`disable:tracer`, `disable:other_warnings`, `disable:performance_warnings`, `disable:extra_warnings`,`disable:security_warnings`

`type:varname typename` or `type:varname (fieldname type, ...)` - set type to variable of record type

`table: name (column_name type, ...)` or `table: name (like tablename)` - create ephereal table

Pragmas `enable:tracer` and `disable:tracer`are active for Postgres 12 and higher

Compilation

You need a development environment for PostgreSQL extensions:

``````make clean
make install
``````

result:

``````[pavel@localhost plpgsql_check]\$ make USE_PGXS=1 clean
rm -f plpgsql_check.so   libplpgsql_check.a  libplpgsql_check.pc
rm -f plpgsql_check.o
rm -rf results/ regression.diffs regression.out tmp_check/ log/
[pavel@localhost plpgsql_check]\$ make USE_PGXS=1 all
clang -O2 -Wall -Wmissing-prototypes -Wpointer-arith -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wendif-labels -Wmissing-format-attribute -Wformat-security -fno-strict-aliasing -fwrapv -fpic -I/usr/local/pgsql/lib/pgxs/src/makefiles/../../src/pl/plpgsql/src -I. -I./ -I/usr/local/pgsql/include/server -I/usr/local/pgsql/include/internal -D_GNU_SOURCE   -c -o plpgsql_check.o plpgsql_check.c
clang -O2 -Wall -Wmissing-prototypes -Wpointer-arith -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wendif-labels -Wmissing-format-attribute -Wformat-security -fno-strict-aliasing -fwrapv -fpic -I/usr/local/pgsql/lib/pgxs/src/makefiles/../../src/pl/plpgsql/src -shared -o plpgsql_check.so plpgsql_check.o -L/usr/local/pgsql/lib -Wl,--as-needed -Wl,-rpath,'/usr/local/pgsql/lib',--enable-new-dtags
[pavel@localhost plpgsql_check]\$ su root
[root@localhost plpgsql_check]# make USE_PGXS=1 install
/usr/bin/mkdir -p '/usr/local/pgsql/lib'
/usr/bin/mkdir -p '/usr/local/pgsql/share/extension'
/usr/bin/mkdir -p '/usr/local/pgsql/share/extension'
/usr/bin/install -c -m 755  plpgsql_check.so '/usr/local/pgsql/lib/plpgsql_check.so'
/usr/bin/install -c -m 644 plpgsql_check.control '/usr/local/pgsql/share/extension/'
/usr/bin/install -c -m 644 plpgsql_check--0.9.sql '/usr/local/pgsql/share/extension/'
[root@localhost plpgsql_check]# exit
[pavel@localhost plpgsql_check]\$ make USE_PGXS=1 installcheck
/usr/local/pgsql/lib/pgxs/src/makefiles/../../src/test/regress/pg_regress --inputdir=./ --psqldir='/usr/local/pgsql/bin'    --dbname=pl_regression --load-language=plpgsql --dbname=contrib_regression plpgsql_check_passive plpgsql_check_active plpgsql_check_active-9.5
(using postmaster on Unix socket, default port)
============== dropping database "contrib_regression" ==============
DROP DATABASE
============== creating database "contrib_regression" ==============
CREATE DATABASE
ALTER DATABASE
============== installing plpgsql                     ==============
CREATE LANGUAGE
============== running regression test queries        ==============
test plpgsql_check_passive    ... ok
test plpgsql_check_active     ... ok
test plpgsql_check_active-9.5 ... ok

=====================
All 3 tests passed.
=====================
``````

Compilation on Ubuntu

Sometimes successful compilation can require libicu-dev package (PostgreSQL 10 and higher - when pg was compiled with ICU support)

``````sudo apt install libicu-dev
``````

Compilation plpgsql_check on Windows

You can check precompiled dll libraries http://okbob.blogspot.cz/2015/02/plpgsqlcheck-is-available-for-microsoft.html

or compile by self:

4. Build plpgsql_check.dll
5. Install plugin
6. copy `plpgsql_check.dll` to `PostgreSQL\14\lib`
7. copy `plpgsql_check.control` and `plpgsql_check--2.1.sql` to `PostgreSQL\14\share\extension`

Checked on

• gcc on Linux (against all supported PostgreSQL)
• clang 3.4 on Linux (against PostgreSQL 10)
• for success regress tests the PostgreSQL 10 or higher is required

Compilation against PostgreSQL 10 requires libICU!

Licence

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Note

If you like it, send a postcard to address

``````Pavel Stehule
Skalice 12
256 01 Benesov u Prahy
Czech Republic
``````

I invite any questions, comments, bug reports, patches on mail address pavel.stehule@gmail.com

Author: okbob
Source Code: https://github.com/okbob/plpgsql_check

1648900800

plpgsql_check

I founded this project, because I wanted to publish the code I wrote in the last two years, when I tried to write enhanced checking for PostgreSQL upstream. It was not fully successful - integration into upstream requires some larger plpgsql refactoring - probably it will not be done in next years (now is Dec 2013). But written code is fully functional and can be used in production (and it is used in production). So, I created this extension to be available for all plpgsql developers.

If you like it and if you would to join to development of this extension, register yourself to postgresql extension hacking google group.

Features

• check fields of referenced database objects and types inside embedded SQL
• using correct types of function parameters
• unused variables and function argumens, unmodified OUT argumens
• partially detection of dead code (due RETURN command)
• detection of missing RETURN command in function
• try to identify unwanted hidden casts, that can be performance issue like unused indexes
• possibility to collect relations and functions used by function
• possibility to check EXECUTE stmt agaist SQL injection vulnerability

I invite any ideas, patches, bugreports.

plpgsql_check is next generation of plpgsql_lint. It allows to check source code by explicit call plpgsql_check_function.

PostgreSQL PostgreSQL 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 are supported.

The SQL statements inside PL/pgSQL functions are checked by validator for semantic errors. These errors can be found by plpgsql_check_function:

Active mode

``````postgres=# CREATE EXTENSION plpgsql_check;
postgres=# CREATE TABLE t1(a int, b int);
CREATE TABLE

postgres=#
CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.f1()
RETURNS void
LANGUAGE plpgsql
AS \$function\$
DECLARE r record;
BEGIN
FOR r IN SELECT * FROM t1
LOOP
RAISE NOTICE '%', r.c; -- there is bug - table t1 missing "c" column
END LOOP;
END;
\$function\$;

CREATE FUNCTION

postgres=# select f1(); -- execution doesn't find a bug due to empty table t1
f1
────

(1 row)

postgres=# \x
Expanded display is on.
postgres=# select * from plpgsql_check_function_tb('f1()');
─[ RECORD 1 ]───────────────────────────
functionid │ f1
lineno     │ 6
statement  │ RAISE
sqlstate   │ 42703
message    │ record "r" has no field "c"
detail     │ [null]
hint       │ [null]
level      │ error
position   │ 0
query      │ [null]

postgres=# \sf+ f1
CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.f1()
RETURNS void
LANGUAGE plpgsql
1       AS \$function\$
2       DECLARE r record;
3       BEGIN
4         FOR r IN SELECT * FROM t1
5         LOOP
6           RAISE NOTICE '%', r.c; -- there is bug - table t1 missing "c" column
7         END LOOP;
8       END;
9       \$function\$
``````

Function plpgsql_check_function() has three possible formats: text, json or xml

``````select * from plpgsql_check_function('f1()', fatal_errors := false);
plpgsql_check_function
------------------------------------------------------------------------
error:42703:4:SQL statement:column "c" of relation "t1" does not exist
Query: update t1 set c = 30
--                   ^
error:42P01:7:RAISE:missing FROM-clause entry for table "r"
Query: SELECT r.c
--            ^
error:42601:7:RAISE:too few parameters specified for RAISE
(7 rows)

postgres=# select * from plpgsql_check_function('fx()', format:='xml');
plpgsql_check_function
────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
<Function oid="16400">                                        ↵
<Issue>                                                     ↵
<Level>error</level>                                      ↵
<Sqlstate>42P01</Sqlstate>                                ↵
<Message>relation "foo111" does not exist</Message>       ↵
<Stmt lineno="3">RETURN</Stmt>                            ↵
<Query position="23">SELECT (select a from foo111)</Query>↵
</Issue>                                                    ↵
</Function>
(1 row)
``````

Arguments

You can set level of warnings via function's parameters:

Mandatory arguments

• function name or function signature - these functions requires function specification. Any function in PostgreSQL can be specified by Oid or by name or by signature. When you know oid or complete function's signature, you can use a regprocedure type parameter like `'fx()'::regprocedure` or `16799::regprocedure`. Possible alternative is using a name only, when function's name is unique - like `'fx'`. When the name is not unique or the function doesn't exists it raises a error.

Optional arguments

`relid DEFAULT 0` - oid of relation assigned with trigger function. It is necessary for check of any trigger function.

`fatal_errors boolean DEFAULT true` - stop on first error

`other_warnings boolean DEFAULT true` - show warnings like different attributes number in assignmenet on left and right side, variable overlaps function's parameter, unused variables, unwanted casting, ..

`extra_warnings boolean DEFAULT true` - show warnings like missing `RETURN`, shadowed variables, dead code, never read (unused) function's parameter, unmodified variables, modified auto variables, ..

`performance_warnings boolean DEFAULT false` - performance related warnings like declared type with type modificator, casting, implicit casts in where clause (can be reason why index is not used), ..

`security_warnings boolean DEFAULT false` - security related checks like SQL injection vulnerability detection

`anyelementtype regtype DEFAULT 'int'` - a real type used instead anyelement type

`anyenumtype regtype DEFAULT '-'` - a real type used instead anyenum type

`anyrangetype regtype DEFAULT 'int4range'` - a real type used instead anyrange type

`anycompatibletype DEFAULT 'int'` - a real type used instead anycompatible type

`anycompatiblerangetype DEFAULT 'int4range'` - a real type used instead anycompatible range type

`without_warnings DEFAULT false` - disable all warnings

`all_warnings DEFAULT false` - enable all warnings

`newtable DEFAULT NULL`, `oldtable DEFAULT NULL` - the names of NEW or OLD transitive tables. These parameters are required when transitive tables are used.

Triggers

When you want to check any trigger, you have to enter a relation that will be used together with trigger function

``````CREATE TABLE bar(a int, b int);

postgres=# \sf+ foo_trg
CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.foo_trg()
RETURNS trigger
LANGUAGE plpgsql
1       AS \$function\$
2       BEGIN
3         NEW.c := NEW.a + NEW.b;
4         RETURN NEW;
5       END;
6       \$function\$
``````

Missing relation specification

``````postgres=# select * from plpgsql_check_function('foo_trg()');
ERROR:  missing trigger relation
HINT:  Trigger relation oid must be valid
``````

Correct trigger checking (with specified relation)

``````postgres=# select * from plpgsql_check_function('foo_trg()', 'bar');
plpgsql_check_function
--------------------------------------------------------
error:42703:3:assignment:record "new" has no field "c"
(1 row)
``````

For triggers with transitive tables you can set a `oldtable` or `newtable` parameters:

``````create or replace function footab_trig_func()
returns trigger as \$\$
declare x int;
begin
if false then
-- should be ok;
select count(*) from newtab into x;

-- should fail;
select count(*) from newtab where d = 10 into x;
end if;
return null;
end;
\$\$ language plpgsql;

select * from plpgsql_check_function('footab_trig_func','footab', newtable := 'newtab');
``````

Mass check

You can use the plpgsql_check_function for mass check functions and mass check triggers. Please, test following queries:

``````-- check all nontrigger plpgsql functions
SELECT p.oid, p.proname, plpgsql_check_function(p.oid)
FROM pg_catalog.pg_namespace n
JOIN pg_catalog.pg_proc p ON pronamespace = n.oid
JOIN pg_catalog.pg_language l ON p.prolang = l.oid
WHERE l.lanname = 'plpgsql' AND p.prorettype <> 2279;
``````

or

``````SELECT p.proname, tgrelid::regclass, cf.*
FROM pg_proc p
JOIN pg_trigger t ON t.tgfoid = p.oid
JOIN pg_language l ON p.prolang = l.oid
JOIN pg_namespace n ON p.pronamespace = n.oid,
LATERAL plpgsql_check_function(p.oid, t.tgrelid) cf
WHERE n.nspname = 'public' and l.lanname = 'plpgsql'
``````

or

``````-- check all plpgsql functions (functions or trigger functions with defined triggers)
SELECT
(pcf).functionid::regprocedure, (pcf).lineno, (pcf).statement,
(pcf).sqlstate, (pcf).message, (pcf).detail, (pcf).hint, (pcf).level,
(pcf)."position", (pcf).query, (pcf).context
FROM
(
SELECT
plpgsql_check_function_tb(pg_proc.oid, COALESCE(pg_trigger.tgrelid, 0)) AS pcf
FROM pg_proc
LEFT JOIN pg_trigger
ON (pg_trigger.tgfoid = pg_proc.oid)
WHERE
prolang = (SELECT lang.oid FROM pg_language lang WHERE lang.lanname = 'plpgsql') AND
pronamespace <> (SELECT nsp.oid FROM pg_namespace nsp WHERE nsp.nspname = 'pg_catalog') AND
-- ignore unused triggers
(pg_proc.prorettype <> (SELECT typ.oid FROM pg_type typ WHERE typ.typname = 'trigger') OR
pg_trigger.tgfoid IS NOT NULL)
OFFSET 0
) ss
ORDER BY (pcf).functionid::regprocedure::text, (pcf).lineno
``````

Passive mode

Functions should be checked on start - plpgsql_check module must be loaded.

Configuration

``````plpgsql_check.mode = [ disabled | by_function | fresh_start | every_start ]
plpgsql_check.fatal_errors = [ yes | no ]

plpgsql_check.show_nonperformance_warnings = false
plpgsql_check.show_performance_warnings = false
``````

Default mode is by_function, that means that the enhanced check is done only in active mode - by plpgsql_check_function. `fresh_start` means cold start.

You can enable passive mode by

``````load 'plpgsql'; -- 1.1 and higher doesn't need it
set plpgsql_check.mode = 'every_start';

SELECT fx(10); -- run functions - function is checked before runtime starts it
``````

Limits

plpgsql_check should find almost all errors on really static code. When developer use some PLpgSQL's dynamic features like dynamic SQL or record data type, then false positives are possible. These should be rare - in well written code - and then the affected function should be redesigned or plpgsql_check should be disabled for this function.

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION f1()
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE r record;
BEGIN
FOR r IN EXECUTE 'SELECT * FROM t1'
LOOP
RAISE NOTICE '%', r.c;
END LOOP;
END;
\$\$ LANGUAGE plpgsql SET plpgsql.enable_check TO false;
``````

A usage of plpgsql_check adds a small overhead (in enabled passive mode) and you should use it only in develop or preprod environments.

Dynamic SQL

This module doesn't check queries that are assembled in runtime. It is not possible to identify results of dynamic queries - so plpgsql_check cannot to set correct type to record variables and cannot to check a dependent SQLs and expressions.

When type of record's variable is not know, you can assign it explicitly with pragma `type`:

``````DECLARE r record;
BEGIN
EXECUTE format('SELECT * FROM %I', _tablename) INTO r;
PERFORM plpgsql_check_pragma('type: r (id int, processed bool)');
IF NOT r.processed THEN
...
``````

Attention: The SQL injection check can detect only some SQL injection vulnerabilities. This tool cannot be used for security audit! Some issues should not be detected. This check can raise false alarms too - probably when variable is sanitized by other command or when value is of some compose type.

Refcursors

plpgsql_check should not to detect structure of referenced cursors. A reference on cursor in PLpgSQL is implemented as name of global cursor. In check time, the name is not known (not in all possibilities), and global cursor doesn't exist. It is significant break for any static analyse. PLpgSQL cannot to set correct type for record variables and cannot to check a dependent SQLs and expressions. A solution is same like dynamic SQL. Don't use record variable as target when you use refcursor type or disable plpgsql_check for these functions.

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION foo(refcur_var refcursor)
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE
rec_var record;
BEGIN
FETCH refcur_var INTO rec_var; -- this is STOP for plpgsql_check
RAISE NOTICE '%', rec_var;     -- record rec_var is not assigned yet error
``````

In this case a record type should not be used (use known rowtype instead):

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION foo(refcur_var refcursor)
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE
rec_var some_rowtype;
BEGIN
FETCH refcur_var INTO rec_var;
RAISE NOTICE '%', rec_var;
``````

Temporary tables

plpgsql_check cannot verify queries over temporary tables that are created in plpgsql's function runtime. For this use case it is necessary to create a fake temp table or disable plpgsql_check for this function.

In reality temp tables are stored in own (per user) schema with higher priority than persistent tables. So you can do (with following trick safetly):

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.disable_dml()
RETURNS trigger
LANGUAGE plpgsql AS \$function\$
BEGIN
RAISE EXCEPTION SQLSTATE '42P01'
USING message = format('this instance of %I table doesn''t allow any DML operation', TG_TABLE_NAME),
hint = format('you should to run "CREATE TEMP TABLE %1\$I(LIKE %1\$I INCLUDING ALL);" statement',
TG_TABLE_NAME);
RETURN NULL;
END;
\$function\$;

CREATE TABLE foo(a int, b int); -- doesn't hold data ever
CREATE TRIGGER foo_disable_dml
BEFORE INSERT OR UPDATE OR DELETE ON foo
EXECUTE PROCEDURE disable_dml();

postgres=# INSERT INTO  foo VALUES(10,20);
ERROR:  this instance of foo table doesn't allow any DML operation
HINT:  you should to run "CREATE TEMP TABLE foo(LIKE foo INCLUDING ALL);" statement
postgres=#

CREATE TABLE
postgres=# INSERT INTO  foo VALUES(10,20);
INSERT 0 1
``````

This trick emulates GLOBAL TEMP tables partially and it allows a statical validation. Other possibility is using a [template foreign data wrapper] (https://github.com/okbob/template_fdw)

You can use pragma `table` and create ephemeral table:

``````BEGIN
CREATE TEMP TABLE xxx(a int);
PERFORM plpgsql_check_pragma('table: xxx(a int)');
INSERT INTO xxx VALUES(10);
``````

Dependency list

A function plpgsql_show_dependency_tb can show all functions, operators and relations used inside processed function:

``````postgres=# select * from plpgsql_show_dependency_tb('testfunc(int,float)');
┌──────────┬───────┬────────┬─────────┬────────────────────────────┐
│   type   │  oid  │ schema │  name   │           params           │
╞══════════╪═══════╪════════╪═════════╪════════════════════════════╡
│ FUNCTION │ 36008 │ public │ myfunc1 │ (integer,double precision) │
│ FUNCTION │ 35999 │ public │ myfunc2 │ (integer,double precision) │
│ OPERATOR │ 36007 │ public │ **      │ (integer,integer)          │
│ RELATION │ 36005 │ public │ myview  │                            │
│ RELATION │ 36002 │ public │ mytable │                            │
└──────────┴───────┴────────┴─────────┴────────────────────────────┘
(4 rows)
``````

Profiler

The plpgsql_check contains simple profiler of plpgsql functions and procedures. It can work with/without a access to shared memory. It depends on `shared_preload_libraries` config. When plpgsql_check was initialized by `shared_preload_libraries`, then it can allocate shared memory, and function's profiles are stored there. When plpgsql_check cannot to allocate shared momory, the profile is stored in session memory.

Due dependencies, `shared_preload_libraries` should to contains `plpgsql` first

``````postgres=# show shared_preload_libraries ;
┌──────────────────────────┐
╞══════════════════════════╡
│ plpgsql,plpgsql_check    │
└──────────────────────────┘
(1 row)
``````

The profiler is active when GUC `plpgsql_check.profiler` is on. The profiler doesn't require shared memory, but if there are not shared memory, then the profile is limmitted just to active session.

When plpgsql_check is initialized by `shared_preload_libraries`, another GUC is available to configure the amount of shared memory used by the profiler: `plpgsql_check.profiler_max_shared_chunks`. This defines the maximum number of statements chunk that can be stored in shared memory. For each plpgsql function (or procedure), the whole content is split into chunks of 30 statements. If needed, multiple chunks can be used to store the whole content of a single function. A single chunk is 1704 bytes. The default value for this GUC is 15000, which should be enough for big projects containing hundred of thousands of statements in plpgsql, and will consume about 24MB of memory. If your project doesn't require that much number of chunks, you can set this parameter to a smaller number in order to decrease the memory usage. The minimum value is 50 (which should consume about 83kB of memory), and the maximum value is 100000 (which should consume about 163MB of memory). Changing this parameter requires a PostgreSQL restart.

The profiler will also retrieve the query identifier for each instruction that contains an expression or optimizable statement. Note that this requires pg_stat_statements, or another similar third-party extension), to be installed. There are some limitations to the query identifier retrieval:

• if a plpgsql expression contains underlying statements, only the top level query identifier will be retrieved
• the profiler doesn't compute query identifier by itself but relies on external extension, such as pg_stat_statements, for that. It means that depending on the external extension behavior, you may not be able to see a query identifier for some statements. That's for instance the case with DDL statements, as pg_stat_statements doesn't expose the query identifier for such queries.
• a query identifier is retrieved only for instructions containing expressions. This means that plpgsql_profiler_function_tb() function can report less query identifier than instructions on a single line.

Attention: A update of shared profiles can decrease performance on servers under higher load.

The profile can be displayed by function `plpgsql_profiler_function_tb`:

``````postgres=# select lineno, avg_time, source from plpgsql_profiler_function_tb('fx(int)');
┌────────┬──────────┬───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
│ lineno │ avg_time │                              source                               │
╞════════╪══════════╪═══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╡
│      1 │          │                                                                   │
│      2 │          │ declare result int = 0;                                           │
│      3 │    0.075 │ begin                                                             │
│      4 │    0.202 │   for i in 1..\$1 loop                                             │
│      5 │    0.005 │     select result + i into result; select result + i into result; │
│      6 │          │   end loop;                                                       │
│      7 │        0 │   return result;                                                  │
│      8 │          │ end;                                                              │
└────────┴──────────┴───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘
(9 rows)
``````

The profile per statements (not per line) can be displayed by function plpgsql_profiler_function_statements_tb:

``````        CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.fx1(a integer)
RETURNS integer
LANGUAGE plpgsql
1       AS \$function\$
2       begin
3         if a > 10 then
4           raise notice 'ahoj';
5           return -1;
6         else
7           raise notice 'nazdar';
8           return 1;
9         end if;
10      end;
11      \$function\$

postgres=# select stmtid, parent_stmtid, parent_note, lineno, exec_stmts, stmtname
from plpgsql_profiler_function_statements_tb('fx1');
┌────────┬───────────────┬─────────────┬────────┬────────────┬─────────────────┐
│ stmtid │ parent_stmtid │ parent_note │ lineno │ exec_stmts │    stmtname     │
╞════════╪═══════════════╪═════════════╪════════╪════════════╪═════════════════╡
│      0 │             ∅ │ ∅           │      2 │          0 │ statement block │
│      1 │             0 │ body        │      3 │          0 │ IF              │
│      2 │             1 │ then body   │      4 │          0 │ RAISE           │
│      3 │             1 │ then body   │      5 │          0 │ RETURN          │
│      4 │             1 │ else body   │      7 │          0 │ RAISE           │
│      5 │             1 │ else body   │      8 │          0 │ RETURN          │
└────────┴───────────────┴─────────────┴────────┴────────────┴─────────────────┘
(6 rows)
``````

All stored profiles can be displayed by calling function `plpgsql_profiler_functions_all`:

``````postgres=# select * from plpgsql_profiler_functions_all();
┌───────────────────────┬────────────┬────────────┬──────────┬─────────────┬──────────┬──────────┐
│        funcoid        │ exec_count │ total_time │ avg_time │ stddev_time │ min_time │ max_time │
╞═══════════════════════╪════════════╪════════════╪══════════╪═════════════╪══════════╪══════════╡
│ fxx(double precision) │          1 │       0.01 │     0.01 │        0.00 │     0.01 │     0.01 │
└───────────────────────┴────────────┴────────────┴──────────┴─────────────┴──────────┴──────────┘
(1 row)
``````

There are two functions for cleaning stored profiles: `plpgsql_profiler_reset_all()` and `plpgsql_profiler_reset(regprocedure)`.

Coverage metrics

plpgsql_check provides two functions:

• `plpgsql_coverage_statements(name)`
• `plpgsql_coverage_branches(name)`

Note

There is another very good PLpgSQL profiler - https://bitbucket.org/openscg/plprofiler

My extension is designed to be simple for use and practical. Nothing more or less.

plprofiler is more complex. It build call graphs and from this graph it can creates flame graph of execution times.

Both extensions can be used together with buildin PostgreSQL's feature - tracking functions.

``````set track_functions to 'pl';
...
select * from pg_stat_user_functions;
``````

Tracer

plpgsql_check provides a tracing possibility - in this mode you can see notices on start or end functions (terse and default verbosity) and start or end statements (verbose verbosity). For default and verbose verbosity the content of function arguments is displayed. The content of related variables are displayed when verbosity is verbose.

``````postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #0 ->> start of inline_code_block (Oid=0)
NOTICE:  #2   ->> start of function fx(integer,integer,date,text) (Oid=16405)
NOTICE:  #2        call by inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:  #2       "a" => '10', "b" => null, "c" => '2020-08-03', "d" => 'stěhule'
NOTICE:  #4     ->> start of function fx(integer) (Oid=16404)
NOTICE:  #4          call by fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:  #4         "a" => '10'
NOTICE:  #4     <<- end of function fx (elapsed time=0.098 ms)
NOTICE:  #2   <<- end of function fx (elapsed time=0.399 ms)
NOTICE:  #0 <<- end of block (elapsed time=0.754 ms)
``````

The number after `#` is a execution frame counter (this number is related to deep of error context stack). It allows to pair start end and of function.

Tracing is enabled by setting `plpgsql_check.tracer` to `on`. Attention - enabling this behaviour has significant negative impact on performance (unlike the profiler). You can set a level for output used by tracer `plpgsql_check.tracer_errlevel` (default is `notice`). The output content is limited by length specified by `plpgsql_check.tracer_variable_max_length` configuration variable.

In terse verbose mode the output is reduced:

``````postgres=# set plpgsql_check.tracer_verbosity TO terse;
SET
postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #0 start of inline code block (oid=0)
NOTICE:  #2 start of fx (oid=16405)
NOTICE:  #4 start of fx (oid=16404)
NOTICE:  #4 end of fx
NOTICE:  #2 end of fx
NOTICE:  #0 end of inline code block
``````

In verbose mode the output is extended about statement details:

``````postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #0            ->> start of block inline_code_block (oid=0)
NOTICE:  #0.1       1  --> start of PERFORM
NOTICE:  #2              ->> start of function fx(integer,integer,date,text) (oid=16405)
NOTICE:  #2                   call by inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:  #2                  "a" => '10', "b" => null, "c" => '2020-08-04', "d" => 'stěhule'
NOTICE:  #2.1       1    --> start of PERFORM
NOTICE:  #2.1                "a" => '10'
NOTICE:  #4                ->> start of function fx(integer) (oid=16404)
NOTICE:  #4                     call by fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:  #4                    "a" => '10'
NOTICE:  #4.1       6      --> start of assignment
NOTICE:  #4.1                  "a" => '10', "b" => '20'
NOTICE:  #4.1              <-- end of assignment (elapsed time=0.076 ms)
NOTICE:  #4.1                  "res" => '130'
NOTICE:  #4.2       7      --> start of RETURN
NOTICE:  #4.2                  "res" => '130'
NOTICE:  #4.2              <-- end of RETURN (elapsed time=0.054 ms)
NOTICE:  #4                <<- end of function fx (elapsed time=0.373 ms)
NOTICE:  #2.1            <-- end of PERFORM (elapsed time=0.589 ms)
NOTICE:  #2              <<- end of function fx (elapsed time=0.727 ms)
NOTICE:  #0.1          <-- end of PERFORM (elapsed time=1.147 ms)
NOTICE:  #0            <<- end of block (elapsed time=1.286 ms)
``````

Special feature of tracer is tracing of `ASSERT` statement when `plpgsql_check.trace_assert` is `on`. When `plpgsql_check.trace_assert_verbosity` is `DEFAULT`, then all function's or procedure's variables are displayed when assert expression is false. When this configuration is `VERBOSE` then all variables from all plpgsql frames are displayed. This behaviour is independent on `plpgsql.check_asserts` value. It can be used, although the assertions are disabled in plpgsql runtime.

``````postgres=# set plpgsql_check.tracer to off;
postgres=# set plpgsql_check.trace_assert_verbosity TO verbose;

postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #4 PLpgSQL assert expression (false) on line 12 of fx(integer) is false
NOTICE:   "a" => '10', "res" => null, "b" => '20'
NOTICE:  #2 PL/pgSQL function fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:   "a" => '10', "b" => null, "c" => '2020-08-05', "d" => 'stěhule'
NOTICE:  #0 PL/pgSQL function inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM
ERROR:  assertion failed
CONTEXT:  PL/pgSQL function fx(integer) line 12 at ASSERT
SQL statement "SELECT fx(a)"
PL/pgSQL function fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
SQL statement "SELECT fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule')"
PL/pgSQL function inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM

postgres=# set plpgsql.check_asserts to off;
SET
postgres=# do \$\$ begin perform fx(10,null, 'now', e'stěhule'); end; \$\$;
NOTICE:  #4 PLpgSQL assert expression (false) on line 12 of fx(integer) is false
NOTICE:   "a" => '10', "res" => null, "b" => '20'
NOTICE:  #2 PL/pgSQL function fx(integer,integer,date,text) line 1 at PERFORM
NOTICE:   "a" => '10', "b" => null, "c" => '2020-08-05', "d" => 'stěhule'
NOTICE:  #0 PL/pgSQL function inline_code_block line 1 at PERFORM
DO
``````

Attention - SECURITY

Tracer prints content of variables or function arguments. For security definer function, this content can hold security sensitive data. This is reason why tracer is disabled by default and should be enabled only with super user rights `plpgsql_check.enable_tracer`.

Pragma

You can configure plpgsql_check behave inside checked function with "pragma" function. This is a analogy of PL/SQL or ADA language of PRAGMA feature. PLpgSQL doesn't support PRAGMA, but plpgsql_check detects function named `plpgsql_check_pragma` and get options from parameters of this function. These plpgsql_check options are valid to end of group of statements.

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION test()
RETURNS void AS \$\$
BEGIN
...
-- for following statements disable check
PERFORM plpgsql_check_pragma('disable:check');
...
-- enable check again
PERFORM plpgsql_check_pragma('enable:check');
...
END;
\$\$ LANGUAGE plpgsql;
``````

The function `plpgsql_check_pragma` is immutable function that returns one. It is defined by `plpgsql_check` extension. You can declare alternative `plpgsql_check_pragma` function like:

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION plpgsql_check_pragma(VARIADIC args[])
RETURNS int AS \$\$
SELECT 1
\$\$ LANGUAGE sql IMMUTABLE;
``````

Using pragma function in declaration part of top block sets options on function level too.

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION test()
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE
aux int := plpgsql_check_pragma('disable:extra_warnings');
...
``````

Shorter syntax for pragma is supported too:

``````CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION test()
RETURNS void AS \$\$
DECLARE r record;
BEGIN
PERFORM 'PRAGMA:TYPE:r (a int, b int)';
PERFORM 'PRAGMA:TABLE: x (like pg_class)';
...
``````

Supported pragmas

`echo:str` - print string (for testing)

`status:check`,`status:tracer`, `status:other_warnings`, `status:performance_warnings`, `status:extra_warnings`,`status:security_warnings`

`enable:check`,`enable:tracer`, `enable:other_warnings`, `enable:performance_warnings`, `enable:extra_warnings`,`enable:security_warnings`

`disable:check`,`disable:tracer`, `disable:other_warnings`, `disable:performance_warnings`, `disable:extra_warnings`,`disable:security_warnings`

`type:varname typename` or `type:varname (fieldname type, ...)` - set type to variable of record type

`table: name (column_name type, ...)` or `table: name (like tablename)` - create ephereal table

Pragmas `enable:tracer` and `disable:tracer`are active for Postgres 12 and higher

Compilation

You need a development environment for PostgreSQL extensions:

``````make clean
make install
``````

result:

``````[pavel@localhost plpgsql_check]\$ make USE_PGXS=1 clean
rm -f plpgsql_check.so   libplpgsql_check.a  libplpgsql_check.pc
rm -f plpgsql_check.o
rm -rf results/ regression.diffs regression.out tmp_check/ log/
[pavel@localhost plpgsql_check]\$ make USE_PGXS=1 all
clang -O2 -Wall -Wmissing-prototypes -Wpointer-arith -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wendif-labels -Wmissing-format-attribute -Wformat-security -fno-strict-aliasing -fwrapv -fpic -I/usr/local/pgsql/lib/pgxs/src/makefiles/../../src/pl/plpgsql/src -I. -I./ -I/usr/local/pgsql/include/server -I/usr/local/pgsql/include/internal -D_GNU_SOURCE   -c -o plpgsql_check.o plpgsql_check.c
clang -O2 -Wall -Wmissing-prototypes -Wpointer-arith -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wendif-labels -Wmissing-format-attribute -Wformat-security -fno-strict-aliasing -fwrapv -fpic -I/usr/local/pgsql/lib/pgxs/src/makefiles/../../src/pl/plpgsql/src -shared -o plpgsql_check.so plpgsql_check.o -L/usr/local/pgsql/lib -Wl,--as-needed -Wl,-rpath,'/usr/local/pgsql/lib',--enable-new-dtags
[pavel@localhost plpgsql_check]\$ su root
[root@localhost plpgsql_check]# make USE_PGXS=1 install
/usr/bin/mkdir -p '/usr/local/pgsql/lib'
/usr/bin/mkdir -p '/usr/local/pgsql/share/extension'
/usr/bin/mkdir -p '/usr/local/pgsql/share/extension'
/usr/bin/install -c -m 755  plpgsql_check.so '/usr/local/pgsql/lib/plpgsql_check.so'
/usr/bin/install -c -m 644 plpgsql_check.control '/usr/local/pgsql/share/extension/'
/usr/bin/install -c -m 644 plpgsql_check--0.9.sql '/usr/local/pgsql/share/extension/'
[root@localhost plpgsql_check]# exit
[pavel@localhost plpgsql_check]\$ make USE_PGXS=1 installcheck
/usr/local/pgsql/lib/pgxs/src/makefiles/../../src/test/regress/pg_regress --inputdir=./ --psqldir='/usr/local/pgsql/bin'    --dbname=pl_regression --load-language=plpgsql --dbname=contrib_regression plpgsql_check_passive plpgsql_check_active plpgsql_check_active-9.5
(using postmaster on Unix socket, default port)
============== dropping database "contrib_regression" ==============
DROP DATABASE
============== creating database "contrib_regression" ==============
CREATE DATABASE
ALTER DATABASE
============== installing plpgsql                     ==============
CREATE LANGUAGE
============== running regression test queries        ==============
test plpgsql_check_passive    ... ok
test plpgsql_check_active     ... ok
test plpgsql_check_active-9.5 ... ok

=====================
All 3 tests passed.
=====================
``````

Compilation on Ubuntu

Sometimes successful compilation can require libicu-dev package (PostgreSQL 10 and higher - when pg was compiled with ICU support)

``````sudo apt install libicu-dev
``````

Compilation plpgsql_check on Windows

You can check precompiled dll libraries http://okbob.blogspot.cz/2015/02/plpgsqlcheck-is-available-for-microsoft.html

or compile by self:

4. Build plpgsql_check.dll
5. Install plugin
6. copy `plpgsql_check.dll` to `PostgreSQL\14\lib`
7. copy `plpgsql_check.control` and `plpgsql_check--2.1.sql` to `PostgreSQL\14\share\extension`

Checked on

• gcc on Linux (against all supported PostgreSQL)
• clang 3.4 on Linux (against PostgreSQL 10)
• for success regress tests the PostgreSQL 10 or higher is required

Compilation against PostgreSQL 10 requires libICU!

Licence

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Note

If you like it, send a postcard to address

``````Pavel Stehule
Skalice 12
256 01 Benesov u Prahy
Czech Republic
``````

I invite any questions, comments, bug reports, patches on mail address pavel.stehule@gmail.com

Author: okbob
Source Code: https://github.com/okbob/plpgsql_check

1666082925

How to Create Arrays in Python

In this tutorial, you'll know the basics of how to create arrays in Python using the array module. Learn how to use Python arrays. You'll see how to define them and the different methods commonly used for performing operations on them.

This tutorialvideo on 'Arrays in Python' will help you establish a strong hold on all the fundamentals in python programming language. Below are the topics covered in this video:
1:15 What is an array?
2:53 Is python list same as an array?
3:48  How to create arrays in python?
7:19 Accessing array elements
9:59 Basic array operations
- 10:33  Finding the length of an array
- 15:06  Removing elements
- 18:32  Array concatenation
- 20:59  Slicing
- 23:26  Looping

Python Array Tutorial – Define, Index, Methods

In this article, you'll learn how to use Python arrays. You'll see how to define them and the different methods commonly used for performing operations on them.

The artcile covers arrays that you create by importing the `array module`. We won't cover NumPy arrays here.

1. Introduction to Arrays
1. The differences between Lists and Arrays
2. When to use arrays
2. How to use arrays
1. Define arrays
2. Find the length of arrays
3. Array indexing
4. Search through arrays
5. Loop through arrays
6. Slice an array
3. Array methods for performing operations
1. Change an existing value
3. Remove a value
4. Conclusion

Let's get started!

What are Python Arrays?

Arrays are a fundamental data structure, and an important part of most programming languages. In Python, they are containers which are able to store more than one item at the same time.

Specifically, they are an ordered collection of elements with every value being of the same data type. That is the most important thing to remember about Python arrays - the fact that they can only hold a sequence of multiple items that are of the same type.

What's the Difference between Python Lists and Python Arrays?

Lists are one of the most common data structures in Python, and a core part of the language.

Lists and arrays behave similarly.

Just like arrays, lists are an ordered sequence of elements.

They are also mutable and not fixed in size, which means they can grow and shrink throughout the life of the program. Items can be added and removed, making them very flexible to work with.

However, lists and arrays are not the same thing.

Lists store items that are of various data types. This means that a list can contain integers, floating point numbers, strings, or any other Python data type, at the same time. That is not the case with arrays.

As mentioned in the section above, arrays store only items that are of the same single data type. There are arrays that contain only integers, or only floating point numbers, or only any other Python data type you want to use.

When to Use Python Arrays

Lists are built into the Python programming language, whereas arrays aren't. Arrays are not a built-in data structure, and therefore need to be imported via the `array module` in order to be used.

Arrays of the `array module` are a thin wrapper over C arrays, and are useful when you want to work with homogeneous data.

They are also more compact and take up less memory and space which makes them more size efficient compared to lists.

If you want to perform mathematical calculations, then you should use NumPy arrays by importing the NumPy package. Besides that, you should just use Python arrays when you really need to, as lists work in a similar way and are more flexible to work with.

How to Use Arrays in Python

In order to create Python arrays, you'll first have to import the `array module` which contains all the necassary functions.

There are three ways you can import the `array module`:

• By using `import array` at the top of the file. This includes the module `array`. You would then go on to create an array using `array.array()`.
``````import array

#how you would create an array
array.array()``````
• Instead of having to type `array.array()` all the time, you could use `import array as arr` at the top of the file, instead of `import array` alone. You would then create an array by typing `arr.array()`. The `arr` acts as an alias name, with the array constructor then immediately following it.
``````import array as arr

#how you would create an array
arr.array()``````
• Lastly, you could also use `from array import *`, with `*` importing all the functionalities available. You would then create an array by writing the `array()` constructor alone.
``````from array import *

#how you would create an array
array()``````

How to Define Arrays in Python

Once you've imported the `array module`, you can then go on to define a Python array.

The general syntax for creating an array looks like this:

``variable_name = array(typecode,[elements])``

Let's break it down:

• `variable_name` would be the name of the array.
• The `typecode` specifies what kind of elements would be stored in the array. Whether it would be an array of integers, an array of floats or an array of any other Python data type. Remember that all elements should be of the same data type.
• Inside square brackets you mention the `elements` that would be stored in the array, with each element being separated by a comma. You can also create an empty array by just writing `variable_name = array(typecode)` alone, without any elements.

Below is a typecode table, with the different typecodes that can be used with the different data types when defining Python arrays:

Tying everything together, here is an example of how you would define an array in Python:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [10, 20, 30])``````

Let's break it down:

• First we included the array module, in this case with `import array as arr `.
• Then, we created a `numbers` array.
• We used `arr.array()` because of `import array as arr `.
• Inside the `array()` constructor, we first included `i`, for signed integer. Signed integer means that the array can include positive and negative values. Unsigned integer, with `H` for example, would mean that no negative values are allowed.
• Lastly, we included the values to be stored in the array in square brackets.

Keep in mind that if you tried to include values that were not of `i` typecode, meaning they were not integer values, you would get an error:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10.0,20,30])

print(numbers)

#output

#Traceback (most recent call last):
# File "/Users/dionysialemonaki/python_articles/demo.py", line 14, in <module>
#   numbers = arr.array('i',[10.0,20,30])
#TypeError: 'float' object cannot be interpreted as an integer``````

In the example above, I tried to include a floating point number in the array. I got an error because this is meant to be an integer array only.

Another way to create an array is the following:

``````from array import *

#an array of floating point values
numbers = array('d',[10.0,20.0,30.0])

print(numbers)

#output

#array('d', [10.0, 20.0, 30.0])``````

The example above imported the `array module` via `from array import *` and created an array `numbers` of float data type. This means that it holds only floating point numbers, which is specified with the `'d'` typecode.

How to Find the Length of an Array in Python

To find out the exact number of elements contained in an array, use the built-in `len()` method.

It will return the integer number that is equal to the total number of elements in the array you specify.

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(len(numbers))

#output
# 3``````

In the example above, the array contained three elements – `10, 20, 30` – so the length of `numbers` is `3`.

Array Indexing and How to Access Individual Items in an Array in Python

Each item in an array has a specific address. Individual items are accessed by referencing their index number.

Indexing in Python, and in all programming languages and computing in general, starts at `0`. It is important to remember that counting starts at `0` and not at `1`.

To access an element, you first write the name of the array followed by square brackets. Inside the square brackets you include the item's index number.

The general syntax would look something like this:

``array_name[index_value_of_item]``

Here is how you would access each individual element in an array:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(numbers[0]) # gets the 1st element
print(numbers[1]) # gets the 2nd element
print(numbers[2]) # gets the 3rd element

#output

#10
#20
#30``````

Remember that the index value of the last element of an array is always one less than the length of the array. Where `n` is the length of the array, `n - 1` will be the index value of the last item.

Note that you can also access each individual element using negative indexing.

With negative indexing, the last element would have an index of `-1`, the second to last element would have an index of `-2`, and so on.

Here is how you would get each item in an array using that method:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(numbers[-1]) #gets last item
print(numbers[-2]) #gets second to last item
print(numbers[-3]) #gets first item

#output

#30
#20
#10``````

How to Search Through an Array in Python

You can find out an element's index number by using the `index()` method.

You pass the value of the element being searched as the argument to the method, and the element's index number is returned.

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#search for the index of the value 10
print(numbers.index(10))

#output

#0``````

If there is more than one element with the same value, the index of the first instance of the value will be returned:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30,10,20,30])

#search for the index of the value 10
#will return the index number of the first instance of the value 10
print(numbers.index(10))

#output

#0``````

How to Loop through an Array in Python

You've seen how to access each individual element in an array and print it out on its own.

You've also seen how to print the array, using the `print()` method. That method gives the following result:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [10, 20, 30])``````

What if you want to print each value one by one?

This is where a loop comes in handy. You can loop through the array and print out each value, one-by-one, with each loop iteration.

For this you can use a simple `for` loop:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

for number in numbers:
print(number)

#output
#10
#20
#30``````

You could also use the `range()` function, and pass the `len()` method as its parameter. This would give the same result as above:

``````import array as arr

values = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#prints each individual value in the array
for value in range(len(values)):
print(values[value])

#output

#10
#20
#30``````

How to Slice an Array in Python

To access a specific range of values inside the array, use the slicing operator, which is a colon `:`.

When using the slicing operator and you only include one value, the counting starts from `0` by default. It gets the first item, and goes up to but not including the index number you specify.

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#get the values 10 and 20 only
print(numbers[:2])  #first to second position

#output

#array('i', [10, 20])``````

When you pass two numbers as arguments, you specify a range of numbers. In this case, the counting starts at the position of the first number in the range, and up to but not including the second one:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#get the values 20 and 30 only
print(numbers[1:3]) #second to third position

#output

#rray('i', [20, 30])``````

Methods For Performing Operations on Arrays in Python

Arrays are mutable, which means they are changeable. You can change the value of the different items, add new ones, or remove any you don't want in your program anymore.

Let's see some of the most commonly used methods which are used for performing operations on arrays.

How to Change the Value of an Item in an Array

You can change the value of a specific element by speficying its position and assigning it a new value:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#change the first element
#change it from having a value of 10 to having a value of 40
numbers[0] = 40

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [40, 20, 30])``````

How to Add a New Value to an Array

To add one single value at the end of an array, use the `append()` method:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#add the integer 40 to the end of numbers
numbers.append(40)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [10, 20, 30, 40])``````

Be aware that the new item you add needs to be the same data type as the rest of the items in the array.

Look what happens when I try to add a float to an array of integers:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#add the integer 40 to the end of numbers
numbers.append(40.0)

print(numbers)

#output

#Traceback (most recent call last):
#  File "/Users/dionysialemonaki/python_articles/demo.py", line 19, in <module>
#   numbers.append(40.0)
#TypeError: 'float' object cannot be interpreted as an integer``````

But what if you want to add more than one value to the end an array?

Use the `extend()` method, which takes an iterable (such as a list of items) as an argument. Again, make sure that the new items are all the same data type.

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#add the integers 40,50,60 to the end of numbers
#The numbers need to be enclosed in square brackets

numbers.extend([40,50,60])

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60])``````

And what if you don't want to add an item to the end of an array? Use the `insert()` method, to add an item at a specific position.

The `insert()` function takes two arguments: the index number of the position the new element will be inserted, and the value of the new element.

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#add the integer 40 in the first position
#remember indexing starts at 0

numbers.insert(0,40)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [40, 10, 20, 30])``````

How to Remove a Value from an Array

To remove an element from an array, use the `remove()` method and include the value as an argument to the method.

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

numbers.remove(10)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [20, 30])``````

With `remove()`, only the first instance of the value you pass as an argument will be removed.

See what happens when there are more than one identical values:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30,10,20])

numbers.remove(10)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [20, 30, 10, 20])``````

Only the first occurence of `10` is removed.

You can also use the `pop()` method, and specify the position of the element to be removed:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30,10,20])

#remove the first instance of 10
numbers.pop(0)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [20, 30, 10, 20])``````

Conclusion

And there you have it - you now know the basics of how to create arrays in Python using the `array module`. Hopefully you found this guide helpful.

Thanks for reading and happy coding!

#python #programming

1670560264

Understanding Arrays in Python

Learn how to use Python arrays. Create arrays in Python using the array module. You'll see how to define them and the different methods commonly used for performing operations on them.

The artcile covers arrays that you create by importing the `array module`. We won't cover NumPy arrays here.

1. Introduction to Arrays
1. The differences between Lists and Arrays
2. When to use arrays
2. How to use arrays
1. Define arrays
2. Find the length of arrays
3. Array indexing
4. Search through arrays
5. Loop through arrays
6. Slice an array
3. Array methods for performing operations
1. Change an existing value
3. Remove a value
4. Conclusion

Let's get started!

What are Python Arrays?

Arrays are a fundamental data structure, and an important part of most programming languages. In Python, they are containers which are able to store more than one item at the same time.

Specifically, they are an ordered collection of elements with every value being of the same data type. That is the most important thing to remember about Python arrays - the fact that they can only hold a sequence of multiple items that are of the same type.

What's the Difference between Python Lists and Python Arrays?

Lists are one of the most common data structures in Python, and a core part of the language.

Lists and arrays behave similarly.

Just like arrays, lists are an ordered sequence of elements.

They are also mutable and not fixed in size, which means they can grow and shrink throughout the life of the program. Items can be added and removed, making them very flexible to work with.

However, lists and arrays are not the same thing.

Lists store items that are of various data types. This means that a list can contain integers, floating point numbers, strings, or any other Python data type, at the same time. That is not the case with arrays.

As mentioned in the section above, arrays store only items that are of the same single data type. There are arrays that contain only integers, or only floating point numbers, or only any other Python data type you want to use.

When to Use Python Arrays

Lists are built into the Python programming language, whereas arrays aren't. Arrays are not a built-in data structure, and therefore need to be imported via the `array module` in order to be used.

Arrays of the `array module` are a thin wrapper over C arrays, and are useful when you want to work with homogeneous data.

They are also more compact and take up less memory and space which makes them more size efficient compared to lists.

If you want to perform mathematical calculations, then you should use NumPy arrays by importing the NumPy package. Besides that, you should just use Python arrays when you really need to, as lists work in a similar way and are more flexible to work with.

How to Use Arrays in Python

In order to create Python arrays, you'll first have to import the `array module` which contains all the necassary functions.

There are three ways you can import the `array module`:

1. By using `import array` at the top of the file. This includes the module `array`. You would then go on to create an array using `array.array()`.
``````import array

#how you would create an array
array.array()
``````
1. Instead of having to type `array.array()` all the time, you could use `import array as arr` at the top of the file, instead of `import array` alone. You would then create an array by typing `arr.array()`. The `arr` acts as an alias name, with the array constructor then immediately following it.
``````import array as arr

#how you would create an array
arr.array()
``````
1. Lastly, you could also use `from array import *`, with `*` importing all the functionalities available. You would then create an array by writing the `array()` constructor alone.
``````from array import *

#how you would create an array
array()
``````

How to Define Arrays in Python

Once you've imported the `array module`, you can then go on to define a Python array.

The general syntax for creating an array looks like this:

``````variable_name = array(typecode,[elements])
``````

Let's break it down:

• `variable_name` would be the name of the array.
• The `typecode` specifies what kind of elements would be stored in the array. Whether it would be an array of integers, an array of floats or an array of any other Python data type. Remember that all elements should be of the same data type.
• Inside square brackets you mention the `elements` that would be stored in the array, with each element being separated by a comma. You can also create an empty array by just writing `variable_name = array(typecode)` alone, without any elements.

Below is a typecode table, with the different typecodes that can be used with the different data types when defining Python arrays:

Tying everything together, here is an example of how you would define an array in Python:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [10, 20, 30])
``````

Let's break it down:

• First we included the array module, in this case with `import array as arr `.
• Then, we created a `numbers` array.
• We used `arr.array()` because of `import array as arr `.
• Inside the `array()` constructor, we first included `i`, for signed integer. Signed integer means that the array can include positive and negative values. Unsigned integer, with `H` for example, would mean that no negative values are allowed.
• Lastly, we included the values to be stored in the array in square brackets.

Keep in mind that if you tried to include values that were not of `i` typecode, meaning they were not integer values, you would get an error:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10.0,20,30])

print(numbers)

#output

#Traceback (most recent call last):
# File "/Users/dionysialemonaki/python_articles/demo.py", line 14, in <module>
#   numbers = arr.array('i',[10.0,20,30])
#TypeError: 'float' object cannot be interpreted as an integer
``````

In the example above, I tried to include a floating point number in the array. I got an error because this is meant to be an integer array only.

Another way to create an array is the following:

``````from array import *

#an array of floating point values
numbers = array('d',[10.0,20.0,30.0])

print(numbers)

#output

#array('d', [10.0, 20.0, 30.0])
``````

The example above imported the `array module` via `from array import *` and created an array `numbers` of float data type. This means that it holds only floating point numbers, which is specified with the `'d'` typecode.

How to Find the Length of an Array in Python

To find out the exact number of elements contained in an array, use the built-in `len()` method.

It will return the integer number that is equal to the total number of elements in the array you specify.

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(len(numbers))

#output
# 3
``````

In the example above, the array contained three elements – `10, 20, 30` – so the length of `numbers` is `3`.

Array Indexing and How to Access Individual Items in an Array in Python

Each item in an array has a specific address. Individual items are accessed by referencing their index number.

Indexing in Python, and in all programming languages and computing in general, starts at `0`. It is important to remember that counting starts at `0` and not at `1`.

To access an element, you first write the name of the array followed by square brackets. Inside the square brackets you include the item's index number.

The general syntax would look something like this:

``````array_name[index_value_of_item]
``````

Here is how you would access each individual element in an array:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(numbers[0]) # gets the 1st element
print(numbers[1]) # gets the 2nd element
print(numbers[2]) # gets the 3rd element

#output

#10
#20
#30
``````

Remember that the index value of the last element of an array is always one less than the length of the array. Where `n` is the length of the array, `n - 1` will be the index value of the last item.

Note that you can also access each individual element using negative indexing.

With negative indexing, the last element would have an index of `-1`, the second to last element would have an index of `-2`, and so on.

Here is how you would get each item in an array using that method:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(numbers[-1]) #gets last item
print(numbers[-2]) #gets second to last item
print(numbers[-3]) #gets first item

#output

#30
#20
#10
``````

How to Search Through an Array in Python

You can find out an element's index number by using the `index()` method.

You pass the value of the element being searched as the argument to the method, and the element's index number is returned.

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#search for the index of the value 10
print(numbers.index(10))

#output

#0
``````

If there is more than one element with the same value, the index of the first instance of the value will be returned:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30,10,20,30])

#search for the index of the value 10
#will return the index number of the first instance of the value 10
print(numbers.index(10))

#output

#0
``````

How to Loop through an Array in Python

You've seen how to access each individual element in an array and print it out on its own.

You've also seen how to print the array, using the `print()` method. That method gives the following result:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [10, 20, 30])
``````

What if you want to print each value one by one?

This is where a loop comes in handy. You can loop through the array and print out each value, one-by-one, with each loop iteration.

For this you can use a simple `for` loop:

``````import array as arr

numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

for number in numbers:
print(number)

#output
#10
#20
#30
``````

You could also use the `range()` function, and pass the `len()` method as its parameter. This would give the same result as above:

``````import array as arr

values = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#prints each individual value in the array
for value in range(len(values)):
print(values[value])

#output

#10
#20
#30
``````

How to Slice an Array in Python

To access a specific range of values inside the array, use the slicing operator, which is a colon `:`.

When using the slicing operator and you only include one value, the counting starts from `0` by default. It gets the first item, and goes up to but not including the index number you specify.

``````
import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#get the values 10 and 20 only
print(numbers[:2])  #first to second position

#output

#array('i', [10, 20])
``````

When you pass two numbers as arguments, you specify a range of numbers. In this case, the counting starts at the position of the first number in the range, and up to but not including the second one:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#get the values 20 and 30 only
print(numbers[1:3]) #second to third position

#output

#rray('i', [20, 30])
``````

Methods For Performing Operations on Arrays in Python

Arrays are mutable, which means they are changeable. You can change the value of the different items, add new ones, or remove any you don't want in your program anymore.

Let's see some of the most commonly used methods which are used for performing operations on arrays.

How to Change the Value of an Item in an Array

You can change the value of a specific element by speficying its position and assigning it a new value:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#change the first element
#change it from having a value of 10 to having a value of 40
numbers[0] = 40

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [40, 20, 30])
``````

How to Add a New Value to an Array

To add one single value at the end of an array, use the `append()` method:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#add the integer 40 to the end of numbers
numbers.append(40)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [10, 20, 30, 40])
``````

Be aware that the new item you add needs to be the same data type as the rest of the items in the array.

Look what happens when I try to add a float to an array of integers:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#add the integer 40 to the end of numbers
numbers.append(40.0)

print(numbers)

#output

#Traceback (most recent call last):
#  File "/Users/dionysialemonaki/python_articles/demo.py", line 19, in <module>
#   numbers.append(40.0)
#TypeError: 'float' object cannot be interpreted as an integer
``````

But what if you want to add more than one value to the end an array?

Use the `extend()` method, which takes an iterable (such as a list of items) as an argument. Again, make sure that the new items are all the same data type.

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#add the integers 40,50,60 to the end of numbers
#The numbers need to be enclosed in square brackets

numbers.extend([40,50,60])

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60])
``````

And what if you don't want to add an item to the end of an array? Use the `insert()` method, to add an item at a specific position.

The `insert()` function takes two arguments: the index number of the position the new element will be inserted, and the value of the new element.

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

#add the integer 40 in the first position
#remember indexing starts at 0

numbers.insert(0,40)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [40, 10, 20, 30])
``````

How to Remove a Value from an Array

To remove an element from an array, use the `remove()` method and include the value as an argument to the method.

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30])

numbers.remove(10)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [20, 30])
``````

With `remove()`, only the first instance of the value you pass as an argument will be removed.

See what happens when there are more than one identical values:

``````
import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30,10,20])

numbers.remove(10)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [20, 30, 10, 20])
``````

Only the first occurence of `10` is removed.

You can also use the `pop()` method, and specify the position of the element to be removed:

``````import array as arr

#original array
numbers = arr.array('i',[10,20,30,10,20])

#remove the first instance of 10
numbers.pop(0)

print(numbers)

#output

#array('i', [20, 30, 10, 20])
``````

Conclusion

And there you have it - you now know the basics of how to create arrays in Python using the `array module`. Hopefully you found this guide helpful.

You'll start from the basics and learn in an interacitve and beginner-friendly way. You'll also build five projects at the end to put into practice and help reinforce what you learned.

Thanks for reading and happy coding!

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