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NAME

       ALTER_FUNCTION - change the definition of a function

SYNOPSIS

       ALTER FUNCTION name ( [ [ argmode ] [ argname ] argtype [, ...] ] )
           action [ ... ] [ RESTRICT ]
       ALTER FUNCTION name ( [ [ argmode ] [ argname ] argtype [, ...] ] )
           RENAME TO new_name
       ALTER FUNCTION name ( [ [ argmode ] [ argname ] argtype [, ...] ] )
           OWNER TO new_owner
       ALTER FUNCTION name ( [ [ argmode ] [ argname ] argtype [, ...] ] )
           SET SCHEMA new_schema

       where action is one of:

           CALLED ON NULL INPUT | RETURNS NULL ON NULL INPUT | STRICT
           IMMUTABLE | STABLE | VOLATILE
           [ EXTERNAL ] SECURITY INVOKER | [ EXTERNAL ] SECURITY DEFINER
           COST execution_cost
           ROWS result_rows
           SET configuration_parameter { TO | = } { value | DEFAULT }
           SET configuration_parameter FROM CURRENT
           RESET configuration_parameter
           RESET ALL

DESCRIPTION

       ALTER FUNCTION changes the definition of a function.

       You must own the function to use ALTER FUNCTION. To change a function's
       schema, you must also have CREATE privilege on the new schema. To alter
       the owner, you must also be a direct or indirect member of the new
       owning role, and that role must have CREATE privilege on the function's
       schema. (These restrictions enforce that altering the owner doesn't do
       anything you couldn't do by dropping and recreating the function.
       However, a superuser can alter ownership of any function anyway.)

PARAMETERS

       name
           The name (optionally schema-qualified) of an existing function.

       argmode
           The mode of an argument: IN, OUT, INOUT, or VARIADIC. If omitted,
           the default is IN. Note that ALTER FUNCTION does not actually pay
           any attention to OUT arguments, since only the input arguments are
           needed to determine the function's identity. So it is sufficient to
           list the IN, INOUT, and VARIADIC arguments.

       argname
           The name of an argument. Note that ALTER FUNCTION does not actually
           pay any attention to argument names, since only the argument data
           types are needed to determine the function's identity.

       argtype
           The data type(s) of the function's arguments (optionally
           schema-qualified), if any.

       new_name
           The new name of the function.

       new_owner
           The new owner of the function. Note that if the function is marked
           SECURITY DEFINER, it will subsequently execute as the new owner.

       new_schema
           The new schema for the function.

       CALLED ON NULL INPUT, RETURNS NULL ON NULL INPUT, STRICT
           CALLED ON NULL INPUT changes the function so that it will be
           invoked when some or all of its arguments are null.  RETURNS NULL
           ON NULL INPUT or STRICT changes the function so that it is not
           invoked if any of its arguments are null; instead, a null result is
           assumed automatically. See CREATE FUNCTION (CREATE_FUNCTION(7)) for
           more information.

       IMMUTABLE, STABLE, VOLATILE
           Change the volatility of the function to the specified setting. See
           CREATE FUNCTION (CREATE_FUNCTION(7)) for details.

       [ EXTERNAL ] SECURITY INVOKER, [ EXTERNAL ] SECURITY DEFINER
           Change whether the function is a security definer or not. The key
           word EXTERNAL is ignored for SQL conformance. See CREATE FUNCTION
           (CREATE_FUNCTION(7)) for more information about this capability.

       COST execution_cost
           Change the estimated execution cost of the function. See CREATE
           FUNCTION (CREATE_FUNCTION(7)) for more information.

       ROWS result_rows
           Change the estimated number of rows returned by a set-returning
           function. See CREATE FUNCTION (CREATE_FUNCTION(7)) for more
           information.

       configuration_parameter, value
           Add or change the assignment to be made to a configuration
           parameter when the function is called. If value is DEFAULT or,
           equivalently, RESET is used, the function-local setting is removed,
           so that the function executes with the value present in its
           environment. Use RESET ALL to clear all function-local settings.
           SET FROM CURRENT saves the session's current value of the parameter
           as the value to be applied when the function is entered.

           See SET(7) and Chapter 18, Server Configuration, in the
           documentation for more information about allowed parameter names
           and values.

       RESTRICT
           Ignored for conformance with the SQL standard.

EXAMPLES

       To rename the function sqrt for type integer to square_root:

           ALTER FUNCTION sqrt(integer) RENAME TO square_root;

       To change the owner of the function sqrt for type integer to joe:

           ALTER FUNCTION sqrt(integer) OWNER TO joe;

       To change the schema of the function sqrt for type integer to maths:

           ALTER FUNCTION sqrt(integer) SET SCHEMA maths;

       To adjust the search path that is automatically set for a function:

           ALTER FUNCTION check_password(text) SET search_path = admin, pg_temp;

       To disable automatic setting of search_path for a function:

           ALTER FUNCTION check_password(text) RESET search_path;

       The function will now execute with whatever search path is used by its
       caller.

COMPATIBILITY

       This statement is partially compatible with the ALTER FUNCTION
       statement in the SQL standard. The standard allows more properties of a
       function to be modified, but does not provide the ability to rename a
       function, make a function a security definer, attach configuration
       parameter values to a function, or change the owner, schema, or
       volatility of a function. The standard also requires the RESTRICT key
       word, which is optional in PostgreSQL.

SEE ALSO

       CREATE FUNCTION (CREATE_FUNCTION(7)), DROP FUNCTION (DROP_FUNCTION(7))