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  1. Calcite
  2. CALCITE-4597

Allow RelNodes to have an empty row type (zero fields)



    • Bug
    • Status: Open
    • Major
    • Resolution: Unresolved
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      Add an option, EmptyRowTypePolicy, to allow creation of {{RelNode}}s whose row type is empty. That is, contains zero fields.

      There are three values:

      • FORBIDDEN - Calcite prevents empty row type. (For example, planner and RelBuilder throw if they see one.) Rules must not produce empty row types. Rules can assume that they will not encounter empty row types.
      • DISCOURAGED - Empty row types are discouraged. (Planner and RelBuilder will not throw if they see one.) Rules must not fail if they encounter an empty row type. Rules should not produce empty row types (with reasonable exceptions, such as if the input has an empty row type).
      • ALLOWED - Empty row types are OK. All rules should handle {{RelNode}}s with empty row types, and it's OK if they generate {{RelNode}}s with empty row types.

      The current policy is effectively DISCOURAGED. We try not to create empty RelNodes, but we don't check, and they crop up occasionally.

      After this change, and for a few releases, the policy will be DISCOURAGED by default, but we will run tests in all three modes. All rules must run in all modes.

      At some point in the future, we will change the default policy to ALLOWED. All rules must continue to run in all modes.


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              julianhyde Julian Hyde
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