PL/R is a loadable procedural language that enables you to write PostgreSQL functions and triggers in the R programming language. PL/R offers most (if not all) of the capabilities a function writer has in the R language.
Commands are available to access the database via the PostgreSQL Server
Programming Interface (SPI) and to raise messages via
. There is no way to access internals of the database backend.
However the user is able to gain OS-level access under the permissions of
the PostgreSQL user ID, as with a C function. Thus, any unprivileged
database user should not be permitted to use this language. It
must be installed as an untrusted procedural language
so that only database superusers can create functions in it. The writer of
a PL/R function must take care that the function
cannot be used to do anything unwanted, since it will be able to do
anything that could be done by a user logged in as the database
An implementation restriction is that PL/R procedures cannot be used to create input/output functions for new data types.