dbQuoteString() returns an object that can be coerced to character,
of the same length as the input.
For an empty character vector this function returns a length-0 object.
When passing the returned object again to
argument, it is returned unchanged.
Passing objects of class SQL should also return them unchanged.
(For backends it may be most convenient to return SQL objects
to achieve this behavior, but this is not required.)
The returned expression can be used in a
SELECT ... query,
and for any scalar character
x the value of
dbGetQuery(paste0("SELECT ", dbQuoteString(x)))[]
must be identical to
(in any combination)
or is itself the result of a
dbQuoteString() call coerced back to
character (even repeatedly).
NA, the result must merely satisfy
"NULL" are not treated specially.
NA should be translated to an unquoted SQL
so that the query
SELECT * FROM (SELECT 1) a WHERE ... IS NULL
returns one row.
Passing a numeric,
or raw vector,
or a list
x argument raises an error.