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Using PGAdmin III I can right-click on a database, navigate to the Variables tab, and put a variable name-value property on the database itself. Is there a way to customize these? I saw an application_name variable, but I'd like to have an application_version variable.

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You have to add the variable to the end of your postgresql.conf like


custom_variable_classes = 'general'     # list of custom variable class names

general.application_version = 'v1.0'

When restarted, you can add general.application_version manually in PgAdmin (it will not show up in the drop-down - at least not for me). Otherwise, you can use it just like any other PostgreSQL variable.

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Hmmm. No way to do that from a SQL query in the database? –  Jeremy Holovacs Dec 7 '12 at 12:50
You have to first define the variables in postgresql.conf. AFAIK this requires restarting PostgreSQL, so you can't do that from SQL. –  dezso Dec 7 '12 at 12:55
Thanks for the info. –  Jeremy Holovacs Dec 7 '12 at 13:35

To add to @dezso's answer, these variables can be changed with

SELECT set_config('class.name', 'value', valid_for_transaction_only::boolean)

and read with

SELECT current_setting('class.name')

See this link for more info: http://www.postgresql.org/docs/9.3/static/functions-admin.html

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