A client application can request cancellation of a command that is still being processed by the server, using the functions described in this section.
Creates a data structure containing the information needed to cancel a command issued through a particular database connection.
PGcancel *PQgetCancel(PGconn *conn);
PQgetCancel creates a
given a PGconn connection object. It will return
NULL if the given conn is NULL or an invalid
connection. The PGcancel object is an opaque
structure that is not meant to be accessed directly by the
application; it can only be passed to
Frees a data structure created by
void PQfreeCancel(PGcancel *cancel);
PQfreeCancel frees a data object previously created
Requests that the server abandon processing of the current command.
int PQcancel(PGcancel *cancel, char *errbuf, int errbufsize);
The return value is 1 if the cancel request was successfully dispatched and 0 if not. If not, errbuf is filled with an explanatory error message. errbuf must be a char array of size errbufsize (the recommended size is 256 bytes).
Successful dispatch is no guarantee that the request will have any effect, however. If the cancellation is effective, the current command will terminate early and return an error result. If the cancellation fails (say, because the server was already done processing the command), then there will be no visible result at all.
PQcancel can safely be invoked from a signal
handler, if the errbuf is a local variable in the
signal handler. The PGcancel object is read-only
as far as
PQcancel is concerned, so it can
also be invoked from a thread that is separate from the one
manipulating the PGconn object.
PQrequestCancel is a deprecated variant of
int PQrequestCancel(PGconn *conn);
Requests that the server abandon processing of the current
command. It operates directly on the
PGconn object, and in case of failure stores the
error message in the PGconn object (whence it can
be retrieved by
the functionality is the same, this approach creates hazards for
multiple-thread programs and signal handlers, since it is possible
that overwriting the PGconn's error message will
mess up the operation currently in progress on the connection.