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SPI_prepare --  Prepares a plan for a query, without executing it yet


SPI_prepare(query, nargs, argtypes)



Query string


Number of input parameters ($1 ... $nargs - as in SQL-functions)


Pointer to array of type OIDs for input parameter types


void *

Pointer to an execution plan (parser+planner+optimizer)


SPI_prepare creates and returns an execution plan (parser+planner+optimizer) but doesn't execute the query. Should only be called from a connected procedure.


When the same or similar query is to be executed repeatedly, it may be advantageous to perform query planning only once. SPI_prepare converts a query string into an execution plan that can be passed repeatedly to SPI_execp.

A prepared query can be generalized by writing parameters ($1, $2, etc) in place of what would be constants in a normal query. The values of the parameters are then specified when SPI_execp is called. This allows the prepared query to be used over a wider range of situations than would be possible without parameters.

Note: However, there is a disadvantage: since the planner does not know the values that will be supplied for the parameters, it may make worse query planning choices than it would make for a simple query with all constants visible.

If the query uses parameters, their number and data types must be specified in the call to SPI_prepare.

The plan returned by SPI_prepare may be used only in current invocation of the procedure since SPI_finish frees memory allocated for a plan. But see SPI_saveplan to save a plan for longer.

If successful, a non-null pointer will be returned. Otherwise, you'll get a NULL plan. In both cases SPI_result will be set like the value returned by SPI_exec, except that it is set to SPI_ERROR_ARGUMENT if query is NULL or nargs < 0 or nargs > 0 && argtypes is NULL.