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Databases - Practical PostgreSQL
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Geometric types

Geometric types in PostgreSQL represent two dimensional spatial objects. These types are not standard SQL data types, and will not be discussed in depth in this book. Table 3-24 gives a brief overview of each of the available geometric types.

Table 3-24. Geometric types

Type Name

Storage

Description

Syntax

point

16 bytes

A dimensionless object with no properties except for its location, where x and y are floating-point numbers.

( x  , y  )

lseg

32 bytes

Finite line segment. The points specified are the end points of the line segment.

(( x1  , y1  ), ( x2  , y2  ))

box

32 bytes

Rectangular box. The points specified are the opposite corners of the box.

(( x1  , y1  ), ( x2  , y2  ))

path

4 + 32 * n bytes

Closed path (similar to polygon). A connected set of n points.

(( x1  , y1  ), ...)

path

4 + 32 * n bytes

Open path. A connected set of n points.

[( x1  , y1  ), ...]

polygon

4 + 32 * n bytes

Polygon (similar to closed path), with n end points defining line segments that makes up the boundary of the polygon.

(( x1  , y1  ), ...)

circle

24 bytes

The point ( x  , y  ) is the center, while r is the radius of the circle.

<( x  , y  ), r  >

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