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    • Status: Resolved
    • Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • 3.0.0
    • 3.2.0
    • SQL
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      Subqueries appearing in FROM can be preceded by the key word LATERAL. This allows them to reference columns provided by preceding FROM items. (Without LATERAL, each subquery is evaluated independently and so cannot cross-reference any other FROM item.)

      Table functions appearing in FROM can also be preceded by the key word LATERAL, but for functions the key word is optional; the function's arguments can contain references to columns provided by preceding FROM items in any case.

      LATERAL item can appear at top level in the FROM list, or within a JOIN tree. In the latter case it can also refer to any items that are on the left-hand side of a JOIN that it is on the right-hand side of.

      When a FROM item contains LATERAL cross-references, evaluation proceeds as follows: for each row of the FROM item providing the cross-referenced column(s), or set of rows of multiple FROM items providing the columns, the LATERAL item is evaluated using that row or row set's values of the columns. The resulting row(s) are joined as usual with the rows they were computed from. This is repeated for each row or set of rows from the column source table(s).

      A trivial example of LATERAL is

      SELECT * FROM foo, LATERAL (SELECT * FROM bar WHERE bar.id = foo.bar_id) ss;
      

      Feature ID: T491

      https://www.postgresql.org/docs/11/queries-table-expressions.html#QUERIES-FROM
      https://github.com/postgres/postgres/commit/5ebaaa49445eb1ba7b299bbea3a477d4e4c0430

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              allisonwang Allison Wang
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