> I am trying to convert a working SQL query to stored function and get
> the resultset back.
> select * FROM sp_allCodes(1542) AS
> ERROR: a column definition list is required for functions returning
You need type information as well in the output list for record returning
> Basically I am using Sybase ASE presently and I am exploring the option
> to migrate to PostgreSQL, for Sybase I would just write
> Execute sp_allCodes 1542
> and it will return the result set with all the columns and rows. Is
> there a way to achieve similar functionality ?
To use "setof record" you must explicitly name the output colums in the
select. Other options are to create a new type to represent the output of
the function ("returning setof mytype") or to use output parameters. In
that case you can just say "select * from myfunc()".
The final option is to return a refcursor which you can then turn into a
ResultSet. This is the most flexible as it doesn't require naming the
columns during function creation or function execution.