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How to avoid duplications using a function

I am using this function in a bulk insert to avoid duplication of url paths. CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION "univ"."gc_landing"(IN _name text, OUT landing_id int4) RETURNS "int4" AS $BODY$ DECLARE ...
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Get inserted row count when master table isn't modified

I have a partitioned table where data resides only in the child tables. The master table has an insert trigger that will distribute inserted data into appropriate child tables. Now, I need to create ...
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Write output from dynamic queries in PL/pgSQL to CSV file

PG_CMD="psql -d portal -U portal -c " PG_CMD_TP="psql -d portal -U portal -t -P format=unaligned -c " abc() { $PG_CMD " DO \$$ DECLARE srowdata record; ...
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How to put the results of a query into a variable?

I have written a Postgres anonymous block. In which I have written join query on multiple tables like: select a.portal.*, a.p_fb_config.*, a.p_gplus_config from a.portal left outer join ...
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EXECUTE format not working [closed]

DO \$$ DECLARE customer_list varchar[]; customer_schema varchar(100); portal_row a.portal%ROWTYPE; var1 varchar(100); temp varchar(100); ...
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PostgreSQL 9.3.5 database restore error : plpgsql already exists

I have a .net program to restore a PostgreSQL database backup. What it is doing is 1) Delete the existing database. 2) Create it again. 3) Initialize some variables/properties. 4) Restore the ...
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How to use variable value inside copy function [closed]

I want to send data to .csv file using COPY function in Postgres. But I am using anonymous block so my table name should be value of variable. COPY (SELECT cname.portal from user) To '/tmp/out.csv' ...
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Reuse SELECT query by adding results in array?

I have written a PostgreSQL function, which returns a specific order of products. Now I would like, not only to show, but to put the results of the first SELECT query to an array as well, so I can ...
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Reset the sequence of a serial PK with dynamic SQL

How can I dynamically reference a sequence name (as below) using a combination of strings and DECLARE variables? Is the code below proper or is there another method of doing this? My goal is to do ...
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PostgreSQL function thinks table reference exists when it does not

So I run this query: SELECT f_copy_tbl('parts','parts1'); ...while working on code based off of this answer and I get this error message: ERROR: relation "parts1" already exists pgAdmin III ...
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Postgresql - Stuck building a plpgsql function [closed]

I am a beginner in plpgsql and i am stuck coding a function. I need a function that does the following: Giving a table, a id_field in that table and another field in that table it does: ORIGINAL ...
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Return the id after insert or select

I want to build a function which will insert an email if the email value doesn't exist in the table and return the email_id of the row. How can I do this? Also how can I return the id if the email was ...
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How to return a record from function, executed by INSERT/UPDATE rule (trigger)?

I'm having some issue when I'm trying to join two tables in a single view (for migrating code we want to split one big record into two records). I'm using Postgres 9.4! Here is an SQL fiddle. The ...
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How can I determine if a table exists in the current search_path with PLPGSQL?

I'm writing a setup script for an application that's an addon for another application, so I want to check if the tables for the other application exist. If not, I want to give the user a useful ...
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PostgresSQL dynamic execute with argument values in array

I'm wondering if this is possible in Postgres: Best explained using a contrived example: create or replace function test_function(filter_param1 varchar default null ...
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Assign to NEW by key in a Postgres trigger

In the trigger body, how can I assign a value to NEW by it's field name? That's what I want to do: some_key = "some_column"; NEW[some_key] = 5;
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Check whether empty strings are present in character-type columns

I have an application that (as part of its logic) trims strings and replaces empty strings with NULL prior to insertion in the database. I guess one way to ensure that this is enforced would be to ...
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PostgreSQL and storing configs

The problem is to store and use global configs such as currency/date format etc. Since this functions are commonly called I'm concerned with the performance impact. Lets take currency as an example. ...
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CTE works as expected, but not when wrapped into a function

--testing table CREATE TABLE public.test_patient_table ( entity_id INTEGER NOT NULL, site_held_at INTEGER NOT NULL, CONSTRAINT entityid_pk PRIMARY KEY ...
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PostgreSQL procedural languages overhead (plpython / plsql / pllua…)

I'm trying to find information about PostgreSQL user defined functions in procedural languages performance for real time tasks. How does they compare to builtin functions? Is there any difference ...
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How to trigger newlines in log messages?

Is it possible for log messages to span multiple lines? I am expecting: RAISE WARNING 'Line 1\nLine 2'; to result in the following log: Line 1 Line 2 But instead I get: Line 1\nLine 2 Any ...
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trigger can't access column loop

SSCCE: The following script: $ cat test.sql CREATE TABLE public.foo ( loop INTEGER ); CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION public.foo_fun(loop INTEGER) RETURNS BOOLEAN AS $$ SELECT TRUE; $$ LANGUAGE SQL; ...
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why is the name `loop` treated differently in PostgreSQL

I issue the following DDL: CREATE TABLE foo ( loopa INTEGER, loop INTEGER ); Then, examining the DDL in the server (using a client-side tool like DbVisualizer - sorry don't know the query to ...
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Writing a view that caches to another table

I have a table market_trades with columns timestamp, market_id, and amount: api_production=# \d market_trades; Table "public.market_trades" Column | ...
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Handling exceptions from inside a function

I need to add a trigger after insert or update on a table so that, where some row is updated and a certain condition is met, then some other table needs to be updated. However, that last update ...
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Removing all columns with given name

I am converting a MSSQL schema to PostgreSQL and in that schema most tables have a column called Timestamp that are of MSSQL timestamp datatype which is effectively rowversion. When inserting records ...
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UPSERT statement never completes, infinite loop?

Based on some of the stackoverflow answers I wrote the following UPSERT statement, which I think must be stuck in an infinite loop. I added a statement in there to avoid an infinite loop (as it would ...
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PL/pgSQL function or rCTE to detect depth of relations between two tables

I need to perform a PostgreSQL Function for checking the depth of relations. There is a circular binding from table a to b, back to another element in a and, in some cases back again to b. These ...
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How to make a table name an attribute in PostgreSQL?

I have received hundreds of tables in PostgreSQL with identical structure and each containing similar data of a different day, so that the table name is the date of the data. I would like to Union ...
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How to log DML statements executed by a pl/pgsql function?

I have a pl/pgsql function (see below) that lists some fields and clears their contents using dynamically constructed UPDATE commands. When I set log_statement = 'mod', I can see nothing on the log ...
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Postgresql Function Trying to Insert into 1 row instead of 2

Postgresql 9.3, Mac OS X 10.6.7 I created this function and I would like to insert both results into the same row. Obviously the way I have it inserts into 2 rows. First, here is the Table T1: ...
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Can I find errors without using testing data for all the branches of each function?

In PostgreSQL, syntax errors (except for trivial syntax errors) are reported while running the code in question; unlike Oracle, PostgreSQL can't find errors without running the part of the code. This ...
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Return several values from a PL/pgSQL procedure - to speed up the query

I have a non-forking game daemon written in Perl, which uses acync queries to write player stats into a PostgreSQL 9.3 database. But when I need to read something from database (like if a player is ...
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Conditonally create temporary table

Invoking the following SQL leads to a warning 'column "s" has type "unknown"' which I can understand. What I'm trying to accomplish is to conditionally create a temporary in preparation of running a ...
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Is this inconsistent treatment of `void` return from sql and plpgsql functions documented?

begin; create table foo(id integer); create function f1() returns void language sql as $$delete from foo;$$; create function f2() returns void language plpgsql as $$begin delete from foo; end;$$; ...
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Dynamic UPDATE fails due to unwanted parenthesis around string in plpgsql

Using PostgreSQL 9.3.4 on Mac OSX 10.9.2 with Postgres.app. I want to apply a function to all columns in a table, specifically I want to trim white space. So far I've got this in a file test.sql: ...
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PL/pgSQL fuction to find circular references

I have two tables ID Task 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 Col1 depend 2 3 2 4 3 1 4 2 ID and Col1 are related through FK constraint. I want to find out all circular references. Here ID ...
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Assign result of regexp_split_to_array() to Pl/pgSQL array variable

How do I create an array and then put a result of a function into it? I'm doing it like this: array text[]; select regexp_split_to_array('whatever this is it splits into array with spaces', E'\\s+') ...
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Access table field on creating a trigger postgresql

How can I access table field on creating a trigger? CREATE TRIGGER foo_trigger AFTER INSERT OR UPDATE OR DELETE ON foo FOR EACH ROW EXECUTE PROCEDURE proc(foo.field);//here goes the parameter
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ERROR: loop variable of FOREACH must be a known variable or list of variables

I have few FOREACH loops in my functions. The loops seem to perfectly agree with the official postgresql documentation. This error message is returned: ERROR: loop variable of FOREACH must be a known ...
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I have an INSTEAD OF trigger, but PostgreSQL still complains while I insert into view

I have created a view and an INSTEAD OF trigger for inserting/ updating/ deleting from that view. Now I have tried to insert some data to the view, and PostgreSQL returns following error (translation ...
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How to create function(table_name) that returns a set of the table

I have a set of tables that share the same fields (some timestamps and users names used for version control). I need to create a function with dynamic sql that uses a table_name and a timestamp as ...
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Using dynamic column names in PostgreSQL

I am using PostgreSSQL 8.3. I want to execute this query: select COALESCE(col_fr,col,'Unknown') from my_table where id = 'abc'; Twist in the story is column name colum_fr should be generated ...
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RETURN NEXT in Postgres Function

I'm currently writing a plpgsql function that will select from a table and produce a substantial amount of data. I was originally going to return an array, but I found a resource that explains the ...
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Postgresql: Query across schemas

I have multiple schemas that I need to query across. The schemas are not know in advance for example: U111 U222 U333 I need to select across these three schemas from a specific table in each of ...
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How to do WHERE x IN (val1, val2,…) in plpgsql

I would like to update a selection of rows in a table; this works... UPDATE t1 SET col1 = 'newvalue' WHERE col0 in (2, 4, 5); But how can I do the same in a plpgsql function? The following gives a ...
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How to access NEW or OLD field given only the field's name?

I'm writing a validation trigger. The trigger must validate that the sum of an array equals another field. Since I have many instances of this validation, I want to write a single procedure and create ...
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Basic trigger in PL/pgSQL, to flip a boolean field if another field has text

I want a BOOLEAN field to be set to TRUE when a sibling TEXT field is set to a non-empty string. Vice versa, the BOOLEAN is set to FALSE when TEXT field is set to empty string. The following function ...
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Self-join unique pairs

I have a table (players) containing a list of players, I would like to pair up these players in a unique way, so that every player's opponent is unique every round (ie. every time the SELECT query is ...
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What PL/pgSQL debugger can I use?

I'm building a lot of PL/pgSQL functions and a debugger would really come in handy because RAISE NOTICE is not enough. I read about a pgAdmin plugin you can install but it was only on Windows and I'm ...