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Single data type for imprecise date values, as allowed by ISO 8601

How can I store date and time values with reduced precision in a PostgreSQL type, and have them behave as date and/or time values? ISO 8601 allows date values with reduced precision. ‘1964’, ...
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How to set Postgresql database to see date as “MDY” permanently

Ho can I set my database to see the 'date' as "MDY" without running: SET datestyle = "ISO, MDY"; every-time I'm trying to access it? I'm using Postgresql version 9.1, Ubuntu 12.04. My system ...
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Can PostgreSQL tell me what configuration files it's using?

I am having trouble with some changes I'm making to a configuration file. I think PostgreSQL is not using the ones I'm modifying. Is there any way to get postgres (maybe some environment variable) to ...
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Privileges required to install PostgreSQL

I am new to PostgreSQL Database. I need to install it in my machine. I am not administrator in my system. Can some one suggest, if Non-Administrator can install it. If there is any other way of ...
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Moving postgresql data to different drive

I am using AWS as my cloud environment. I installed PostgreSQL on the same drive as my root instance volume. I have attached and mounted the second drive to my instance. Now I want to move all my ...
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How to use aes-encryption in PostgreSQL?

I tried aes-encryption by using following statement: SELECT encrypt('test', 'key', 'aes'); which worked, but I am not able to decrypt the value. I inserted it in a field of datatype bytea but I'm ...
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SQL to read XML from file into PostgreSQL database

How can I write SQL to read an XML file into a PostgreSQL XML value? PostgreSQL has a native XML data type with the XMLPARSE function to parse a text string to that type. It also has ways to read ...
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PostgreSQL: COUNT(*) uses a sequential scan, not index

Why does PostgreSQL sequentially scans the table for COUNT(*) query, while there is a very small and indexed primary key?
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What happens in PostgreSQL checkpoint?

Here's part of my checkpoint log: 2014-03-26 11:51:29.341 CDT,,,18682,,532854fc.48fa,4985,,2014-03-18 09:15:24 CDT,,0,LOG,00000,"checkpoint complete: wrote 15047 buffers (1.4%); 0 transaction log ...
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MATCH FULL vs MATCH SIMPLE

I've noticed a MATCH SIMPLE or MATCH FULL option in phpPgAdmin, but I can't find a description in the docs. How do they function? The default is set to MATCH SIMPLE.
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Why would you index text_pattern_ops on a text column?

Today Seven Databases in Seven Weeks introduced me to per-operator indexes. You can index strings for pattern matching the previous queries by creating a text_pattern_ops operator class index, as ...
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PostgreSQL “freeze”/“unfreeze” command equivalents

In Derby (an embedded database written in Java which is mostly used for testing or prototyping) there are "freeze" and "unfreeze" commands which can be used during an online backup. "Freeze" simply ...
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How should we handle rows which won't be queried once they are old in PostgreSQL?

We have a table in a PostgreSQL database which is growing on the order of millions of rows per day. Each row consists of: ID Foreign user ID Date and time Other data The date and time aren't ...
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PostgreSQL 9.1 Hot Backup Error: the database system is starting up

I have been working on a hot backup for Postgres 9.1 for awhile and have run into a consistent issue. After restarting Postgres on the slave server the pgstartup log file and the daily log file under ...
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Postgresql performed a “fast shutdown” by itself. Why? How was it able to do that?

I've already googled and manual read as much as I could before posting this here. Version info: Postgres8.4 on Ubuntu10.x I have a personal laptop that I run a postgres server on, and a Java script ...
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PostgreSQL partition hierarchy design for centralized logging

I am looking into setting up logging from all of my servers into a centralized postgresql database. It makes sense to be able to drop logs by date or by host, so I'd like to set it up with ...
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Determine when a PostgreSQL database was last changed

I'm looking at altering how backups are done and am wondering if there is a way to determine which databases in a postgreql cluster have not been recently changed? Instead of using pg_dumpall, I'd ...
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Index that is not used, yet influences query

I've got a PostgreSQL 9.3 table with some numbers and some additional data: CREATE TABLE mytable ( myid BIGINT, somedata BYTEA ) This table currently has about 10M records and takes 1GB of ...
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Is this temp table behaviour documented?

Query Language (SQL) and PL/pgSQL functions treat temp tables differently: begin; create table foo(id) as values (1); select * from foo; /* id ---- 1 */ savepoint s; create function f() returns ...
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How can I request a flush of the postgresql transaction logs?

I have the following problem: a "vertical" Linux distribution (Sophos UMT) comes with PostgreSQL 9.2 to store its configuration. Unfortunately, since the last update, it seems that the transaction ...
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Usage of COPY FROM STDIN in postgres

I just started using Postgres and I'm trying to create a sample db to understand its functions, looking around, I found some scripts in pgfoundry.org. I understand the commands, since I previously ...
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Can I have one table be an “alias”, or “symlink”, to another?

I have two tables with the same structure, A and B. A certain application is written so that it always writes the same data to both tables. After a discussion with a colleague about the potential to ...
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Postgres, MVCC, and Locking

I have a series of SQL statements that look like the following: BEGIN; SELECT counter FROM table WHERE id=X FOR UPDATE; REALLY COMPLEX QUERY; UPDATE table SET counter=Y WHERE id=X; END; I'd like to ...
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Optimizing PostgreSQL for transient data

I have several tables with 100-300 columns of integer types each, that hold highly volatile data. The datasets are keyed by one or two primary keys, and when refresh occurs, the whole dataset is ...
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PostgreSQL Sequential Scan instead of Index Scan Why?

Hi All I've got a problem with my PostgreSQL database query and wondering if anyone can help. In some scenarios my query seems to ignore the index that I've created which is used for joining the two ...
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PostgreSQL: Can I do pg_start_backup() on a live, running db under load?

Our established replication has broken ("requested WAL segment has already been removed" during downtime) We cannot easily stop the master again. Can we do pg_start_backup(), rsync ${PGDATA}/ ...
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in postgres, can one optimize a table across partitions?

in a database with many companies, segregating them using schema and search_path almost all access comes at the company level, that is, limited to a single schema. some data-warehouse and accounting ...
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Non-unique multicolumn foreign key

I have a "comments" table that models a conversation on a topic, like this: id serial topic_id integer parent_comment_id integer body text So, every comment has a reference to its topic AND ...
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In Postgres, how to get a list of current defined savepoint?

I'm using postgres SAVEPOINT which create a new savepoint within the current transaction, and would like to display the list of currently defined savepoint in a connection. To be more precise: I'd ...
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Hierarchical structure with limited number of records per user

I am planning schema for an affiliate network. For all hierarchical queries I am using Postgres tablefunc extension but here is another problem. Any user can refer only 3 other users at max. So for ...
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Can we use old primary to sync with standby after failover in PostgreSQL?

If my standby (postgres) is behind by few seconds before failover. What is the easiest way to sync back my old primary after failover in PostgreSQL. In Oracle we have the option of Reinstating a ...
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Is using SUM() twice suboptimal?

I know I have to write SUM twice, if I wish to use it in a HAVING clause (or use a derived table otherwise): SELECT id, sum(hours) AS totalhours FROM mytable GROUP BY id HAVING sum(hours) ...
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LISTEN / NOTIFY privileges

I have a single postgres database, with two users; Alice and Bob. I would like to be able to do a NOTIFY alice_channel 'sensitive data' without Bob being able to sneakily LISTEN in just by guessing ...
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What is a good way to determine the performance I should expect from a PostgreSQL server?

Trying to figure out how I should expect my database to perform. Basically, I need to determine when the server I have set up is reaching its performance limits - which would help me plan server ...
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Storing logs on per day basis in PostgreSQL

Requirements here are to store historical logs. For the sake of simplicity I'll assume this sample scenario where we are selling some products on our website and we need to keep records of sales of ...
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Altering db schema in production environment

I have some questions on db schema changes in production environment without taking the database server and the webapp offline. Q1- I want to be able to make changes to database schema (adding, ...
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Postgres performance difference on insert

I was tried to partition one large table, and come with such Postgres behavior that I could not explain. Maybe you will have any suggestions? I went quite straight forward way (i know that it is not ...
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Can I get the union of the a Postgres fulltext index?

I have a fulltext index on a table. Is it possible to retrieve the set of terms used in the index (gist or gin)? With weights if possible? To clarify: If I have the following table: create table ...
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How to handle bad query plan caused by exact equality on range type?

I'm performing an update where I require an exact equality on a tstzrange variable. ~1M rows are modified, and the query takes ~13 minutes. The result of EXPLAIN ANALYZE can be seen here, and the ...
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Fast hamming distance queries in postgres

I have a large database (16M rows) containing perceptual hashes of images. I'd like to be able to search for rows by hamming distance in a reasonable timeframe. Currently, as far as I properly ...
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Modification to GEQO (Genetic Query Optimization) of PostgreSQL

I need to implement a functionality that is in line with the GEQO functionality of PostgreSQL. I understand that GEQO approach is to encode query plans as integer strings and GEQO generates these ...
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Why are so many MPP solutions based on PostgreSQL instead of MySQL?

Astor Data, Greenplum and GridSQL all allow Massive Parallel Processing of SQL queries. They are also all built around PostgreSQL technology. Is this just because of licensing issues or are there ...
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Filtering data that could have more than one category

I have a table like the following: Annotation ( document, term, category ) Where document and term are some ID, while category is an integer. The couple document - term is not unique, ...
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Postgres Write Performance on Intel S3700 SSD

I'm not seeing the Postgres write performance increases I thought I would with a single SSD vs a hardware RAID 10 array of (16) 15k RPM SAS drives. I have a Dell R820 with a PERC H700 hardware RAID ...
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Custom unique column constraint, only enforced if one column has a specific value

Is it possible to have a custom unique column constraint as follows? Suppose I have two cols, subset and type, both strings (though the data types probably doesn't matter). If type is "true", then ...
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Improve sort performance in PostgreSQL?

I've got a simple blog database in postgres-8.4 which has two tables, articles and comments. I have a query (generated by Django) that wants to get the latest article of type 'NEWS' and also find the ...
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Altering table schema takes too much time

I am using PostgreSQL database. I have a table with millions of rows. I have a varchar column with 2000 size and i want to make it to 4000. I ran the alter table command, but it is taking too much ...
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Checking whether two tables have identical content in PostgreSQL

This has already been asked on Stack Overflow, but only for MySQL. I'm using PostgreSQL. Unfortunately (and surprisingly) PostgreSQL does not seem to have something like CHECKSUM table. A PostgreSQL ...
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Superuser is not permitted to login

I created a superuser portal with the following command create role portal with superuser password 'portal' When I tried to login into postgres with portal user I am getting the following error in ...
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Index on primary key not used in simple join

I have the following table and index definitions: CREATE TABLE munkalap ( munkalap_id serial PRIMARY KEY, ... ); CREATE TABLE munkalap_lepes ( munkalap_lepes_id serial PRIMARY KEY, ...