SPI_modifytuple - create a row by replacing selected fields of a given row


HeapTuple SPI_modifytuple(Relation rel, HeapTuple row, int ncols,
                          int * colnum, Datum * values, const char * nulls)


SPI_modifytuple creates a new row by substituting new values for selected columns, copying the original row's columns at other positions. The input row is not modified. The new row is returned in the upper executor context.

This function can only be used while connected to SPI. Otherwise, it returns NULL and sets SPI_result to SPI_ERROR_UNCONNECTED .


Relation rel

Used only as the source of the row descriptor for the row. (Passing a relation rather than a row descriptor is a misfeature.)

HeapTuple row

row to be modified

int ncols

number of columns to be changed

int * colnum

an array of length ncols , containing the numbers of the columns that are to be changed (column numbers start at 1)

Datum * values

an array of length ncols , containing the new values for the specified columns

const char * nulls

an array of length ncols , describing which new values are null

If nulls is NULL then SPI_modifytuple assumes that no new values are null. Otherwise, each entry of the nulls array should be ' ' if the corresponding new value is non-null, or 'n' if the corresponding new value is null. (In the latter case, the actual value in the corresponding values entry doesn't matter.) Note that nulls is not a text string, just an array: it does not need a '\0' terminator.

Return Value

new row with modifications, allocated in the upper executor context, or NULL on error (see SPI_result for an error indication)

On error, SPI_result is set as follows:


if rel is NULL , or if row is NULL , or if ncols is less than or equal to 0, or if colnum is NULL , or if values is NULL .


if colnum contains an invalid column number (less than or equal to 0 or greater than the number of columns in row )


if SPI is not active