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How do I list all databases and tables using psql?

I am trying to learn PostgreSQL administration and have started learning how to use the psql command line tool. When I log in with psql --username=postgres, how do I list all databases and tables? I ...
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How can I time SQL-queries using psql?

I would like to benchmark some SQL-queries agains my PostgreSQL database. Is there any way I can time SQL-queries using psql?
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Do stored procedures prevent SQL injection?

Is it true that stored procedures prevent SQL injection attacks against PostgreSQL databases? I did a little research and found out that SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL are not safe against SQL injection ...
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How do I list all schemas in PostgreSQL?

When using PostgreSQL v9.1, how do I list all of the schemas using SQL? I was expecting something along the lines of: SELECT something FROM pg_blah;
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How do I list all columns for a specified table

I'm looking for a precise piece of information in a database which I have no knowledge about. It's a 3rd party product, they are slow on answering some questions, and I know the data is lying inside ...
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How do I find PostgreSQL's data directory?

I forgot how I last time started postgres (it was months ago) and I don't remember where the data directory is located at. The postgres command seems to require to location. I'm on MacOsX if that ...
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How to insert values into a table from a select query in PostgreSQL?

I have a table items (item_id serial, name varchar(10), item_group int) and a table items_ver (id serial, item_id int, name varchar(10), item_group int). Now I want to insert a row into items_ver ...
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Granting a user account permission to create databases in PostgreSQL

How do I give a user account in PostgreSQL the ability to create and drop databases? Is there a way to do this with GRANT?
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Pattern matching with LIKE, SIMILAR TO or regular expressions in PostgreSQL

I had to write a simple query where I go looking for people's name that start with a B or a D : SELECT s.name FROM spelers s WHERE s.name LIKE 'B%' OR s.name LIKE 'D%' ORDER BY 1 I was wondering ...
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PostgreSQL multi-column unique constraint and NULL values

I have a table like the following: create table my_table ( id int8 not null, id_A int8 not null, id_B int8 not null, id_C int8 null, constraint pk_my_table primary key (id), ...
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How do I get the current unix timestamp from PostgreSQL?

Unix timestamp is the number of seconds since midnight UTC January 1, 1970. How do I get the correct unix timestamp from PostgreSQL? When comparing to currenttimestamp.com and timestamp.1e5b.de I ...
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What are the drawbacks with using UUID or GUID as a primary key?

I would like to build a distributed system. I need to store data in databases and it would be helpful to use an UUID or a GUID as a primary key on some tables. I assume it's a drawbacks with this ...
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SQL: SELECT All columns except some

Is there a way to SELECT all columns in a table, except specific ones? IT would be very convenient for selecting all the non-blob or non-geometric columns from a table. Something like: SELECT * ...
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Working of indexes in PostgreSQL

I have a couple of questions regarding working of indexes in PostgreSQL. I have a Friends table with the following index: Friends ( user_id1 ,user_id2) user_id1 and user_id2 are foreign keys to ...
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Granting access to all tables for a user

I'm a new to Postgres and trying to migrate our MySQL databases over. In MySQL I can grant SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE privileges on a low privileged user and enable those grants to apply to all ...
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Find highest level of a hierarchical field: with vs without CTEs

note: this question has been updated to reflect that we are currently using MySQL, having done so, I would like to see a how much easier it would be if we switched to a CTE-supporting database. I ...
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Create index if it does not exist

I am working on a function that allows me to add an index if it does not exist. I am running into the problem that I cannot get a list of indexes to compare to. Any thoughts? This is a similar issue ...
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Idiomatic way to implement UPSERT in PostgreSQL

I've read about different UPSERT implementations in PostgreSQL, but all of these solutions are relatively old or relatively exotic (using writeable CTE, for example). And I'm just not a psql expert ...
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Is a composite index also good for queries on the first field?

Let's say I have a table with fields A and B. I make regular queries on A+B, so I created a composite index on (A,B). Would queries on only A also be fully optimized by the composite index? ...
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How do I efficiently get “the most recent corresponding row”?

I have a query pattern that must be very common, but I don't know how to write an efficient query for it. I want to look up the rows of a table that correspond to "the most recent date not after" the ...
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Force drop db while others may be connected

I need to remove a database from a PostgreSQL DB cluster. How can I do it even if there are active connections? I need sort of a -force flag, that will drop all connections and then the DB. How can I ...
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Measure the size of a PostgreSQL table row

I have a PostgreSQL table. select * is very slow whereas select id is nice and quick. I think it may be that the size of the row is very large and it's taking a while to transport, or it may be some ...
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How do I use currval() in PostgreSQL to get the last inserted id?

I have a table: CREATE TABLE names (id serial, name varchar(20)) I want the "last inserted id" from that table, without using RETURNING id on insert. There seem to be a function CURRVAL(), but I ...
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USING construct in JOIN clause can introduce optimization barriers in certain cases?

It was brought to my attention that the USING construct (instead of ON) in the FROM clause of SELECT queries might introduce optimization barriers in certain cases. I mean this key word: SELECT * ...
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PostgreSQL Stored Procedure Performance

Coming from a MySQL background, where stored procedure performance (older article) and usability are questionable, I am evaluating PostgreSQL for a new product for my company. One of the things I ...
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Can a single PostgreSQL query use multiple cores?

In recent versions of PostgreSQL, can we share a query between two or more cores to get a performance boost? Or should we get faster cores?
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PostgreSQL is running locally but I cannot connect. Why?

Recently updated my machine from Mac OS X Lion (10.7.4) to Mountain Lion (10.8) and I think it borked my PostgreSQL installation. It was installed originally via Homebrew. I'm not a DBA, but hoping ...
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Is it possible to quickly create/restore database snapshots with PostgreSQL?

First of all, I'm a developer, not a DBA or sysadmin; please be gentle :) I'm working on an application workflow where a single user action will trigger complex changes in the database - creating ...
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Are regular VACUUM ANALYZE still recommended under 9.1?

I'm using PostgreSQL 9.1 on Ubuntu. Are scheduled VACUUM ANALYZE still recommended, or is autovacuum enough to take care of all needs? If the answer is "it depends", then: I have a largish database ...
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How to turn json array into postgres array?

I have a field user that holds a json document that roughly looks like that: { name: 'foo', tags: ['foo', 'bar'] } I would like to turn the tags array into a concatenated string (foo, bar). ...
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Best practices for schema changes and data migrations to a live database without downtime?

How do you make schema changes to a live database without downtime? For instance, lets say I have a PostgreSQL database with a table including various user data like email addresses etc, all ...
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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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Is the CPU performance relevant for a database server?

This is a purely theoretical question. Let's say I have an application deployed on multiple servers. A load balancer, Multiple/scalable applications servers A (single) database server (for the ...
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Postgres UPDATE … LIMIT 1

I have a Postgres database which contains details on clusters of servers, such as server status ('active', 'standby' etc). Active servers at any time may need to fail over to a standby, and I don't ...
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connect to PostgreSQL server: FATAL: no pg_hba.conf entry for host

Hello I am trying to run a website sent to me but after doing so this error appeared connect to PostgreSQL server: FATAL: no pg_hba.conf entry for host "4X.XXX.XX.XXX", user "userXXX", database ...
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List the database privileges using psql

I'm in the middle of a database server migration and I can't figure (after googling and searching here) how can I list the database privileges (or all the privileges across the server) on PostgreSQL ...
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Configuring PostgreSQL for write performance

One of my PostgreSQL servers hosts several (1-3) databases which receive a constant stream of data. The data is not particularly structured, it amounts to the current time and a variety of observed ...
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Scalability limitations of PostgreSQL and MySQL

I've heard that performance of non-sharded relational database such as MySQL or PostgreSQL "breaks" beyond 10 TB. I suspect that limits as such do exist as one would not come up with Netezza, ...
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Count where two or more columns in a row are over a certain value [basketball, double double, triple double]

I play a basketball game which allows to output its statistics as a database file, so one can calculate statistics from it that are not implemented in the game. So far I've had no problem caluclating ...
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How to use psql with no password prompt?

I wrote a script to REINDEX indexes in a database. Here is one of them: echo -e "\nreindex for unq_vbvdata_vehicle started at: `date "+%F %T"`" >> ${LOG_FILE} psql -U ${USERNAME} -h ${HOSTNAME} ...
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How to run psql on Mac OS X?

I installed PostgreSQL on a computer with Mac OS X using the One click installer. Then I try to access PostgreSQL using the psql command, but it doesn't seem to be available. I get this message: ...
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How to insert (file) data into a PostgreSQL bytea column?

This question is not about bytea v. oid v. blobs v. large objects, etc. I have a table containing a primary key integer field and a bytea field. I'd like to enter data into the bytea field. This ...
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How to connect to an remote PostgreSQL database on Ubuntu using pgAdmin3?

I´m trying to setup an PostgreSQL database on an Ubuntu machine. I would like to be able to access it using pgAdmin3 from a remote machine. How do I setup this? I have installed the PostgreSQL ...
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Is there a good way to run a trigger for each record in a postgres table?

I have a system where I can't control the design of some tables (replicated via Slony-I), and so I have a series of what we refer to as 'shadow tables', where I extract some information out of the ...
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Aggressive Autovacuum on PostgreSQL

I'm trying to get PostgreSQL to aggressively auto vacuum my database. I've currently configured auto vacuum as follows: autovacuum_vacuum_cost_delay = 0 #Turn off cost based vacuum ...
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Optimizing queries on a range of timestamps (two columns)

I use postgresql-9.1 with ubuntu 12.04. I need to select records inside a range of time: my table time_limits has two timestamp fields and one property integer. Indeed there are other info columns ...
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Created user can access all databases in PostgreSQL without any grants

I must be missing something with regards to setting up PostgreSQL. What I'd like to do is create multiple databases and users that are isolated from each other so that a specific user only has access ...
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Is it a good idea/approach to index a VARCHAR column?

We're using PostgreSQL v8.2.3. There are tables involved: EMPLOYEE and EMAILLIST. Table 1: EMPLOYEE (column1, column2, email1, email2, column5, column6) Table 2: EMAILLIST (email) 2 tables are ...
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How can I benchmark a PostgreSQL query?

I want to benchmark a query containing an user-defined function I have written for PostgreSQL. Are there any standard ways to run such a benchmark? I know that timing can be turned on with \timing ...
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Optimal way to ignore duplicate inserts? [duplicate]

Background This problem relates to ignoring duplicate inserts using PostgreSQL 9.2 or greater. The reason I ask is because of this code: -- Ignores duplicates. INSERT INTO db_table ...