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The PostgreSQL 9.0 Reference Manual - Volume 2 - Programming Guide
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13.1.18 SPI_cursor_open_with_args


SPI_cursor_open_with_args -- set up a cursor using a query and parameters


Portal SPI_cursor_open_with_args(const char *name, const char
 *command, int nargs, Oid *argtypes, Datum *values, const
 char *nulls, bool read_only, int cursorOptions)


SPI_cursor_open_with_args sets up a cursor (internally, a portal) that will execute the specified query. Most of the parameters have the same meanings as the corresponding parameters to SPI_prepare_cursor and SPI_cursor_open.

For one-time query execution, this function should be preferred over SPI_prepare_cursor followed by SPI_cursor_open. If the same command is to be executed with many different parameters, either method might be faster, depending on the cost of re-planning versus the benefit of custom plans.

The passed-in parameter data will be copied into the cursor's portal, so it can be freed while the cursor still exists.


const char * name
name for portal, or NULL to let the system select a name
const char * command
command string
int nargs
number of input parameters ($1, $2, etc.)
Oid * argtypes
an array containing the OIDs of the data types of the parameters
Datum * values
an array of actual parameter values
const char * nulls
an array describing which parameters are null If nulls is NULL then SPI_cursor_open_with_args assumes that no parameters are null.
bool read_only
true for read-only execution
int cursorOptions
integer bit mask of cursor options; zero produces default behavior

Return Value

Pointer to portal containing the cursor. Note there is no error return convention; any error will be reported via elog.

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