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bind_rows should give an error for databases #2373

karldw opened this issue Jan 21, 2017 · 2 comments

bind_rows should give an error for databases #2373

karldw opened this issue Jan 21, 2017 · 2 comments


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@karldw karldw commented Jan 21, 2017

Using bind_rows or bind_cols on database tbls doesn't give the expected results, but also doesn't always raise an error. Depending on the database backend, different things happen; postgres returns results while sqlite complains about incompatible sizes. Instead, they could just see the tbl_sql class and error out.

mtcars2 <- copy_to(src_postgres(), mtcars)
bind_rows(mtcars2, mtcars2)  # expected to get an error here
#>  A tibble: 6 × 2
#>                          src                ops
#>                       <list>             <list>
#> 1 <S4: PostgreSQLConnection> <S3: src_postgres>
#> 2                 <list [8]>        <S3: ident>
#> 3                      <env>         <chr [11]>
#> 4 <S4: PostgreSQLConnection> <S3: src_postgres>
#> 5                 <list [8]>        <S3: ident>
#> 6                      <env>         <chr [11]>

mtcars3 <- copy_to(src_sqlite(path=tempfile(), create = TRUE), mtcars)
bind_rows(mtcars3, mtcars3)  # expected a more informative error here
#> Error in bind_rows_(x, .id) : incompatible sizes (2 != 1)

Of course, it would be possible to write SQL translations for these, but I'm not sure they would be widely used. For bind_rows it would be something like:

SELECT * FROM some_table
SELECT * FROM some_other_table

Binding columns in SQL tables is probably a mistake but could be done by joining row numbers.

@krlmlr krlmlr added the bug label Jan 25, 2017
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@krlmlr krlmlr commented Jan 25, 2017

bind_*() should definitely do better error checking here.

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@hadley hadley commented Feb 20, 2017

@krlmlr this is actually a data frame bug, because it requires changes to the cpp code. I think the problem is in the init method for the DataFrameable class — it needs to check for a bare (!is.object()) list.

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@krlmlr krlmlr added this to the data frame 2 milestone Feb 20, 2017
@krlmlr krlmlr closed this in #2544 Mar 19, 2017
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