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Translate psql meta-command to SQL

How can I translate a psql meta-command (like \dt or \ds) to the equivalent SQL query? I found some of the translations here. But it would be nice to have a command to do it automatically.
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Postgres DB - Commit xlog files after server crash

After a server crash, it would seem that all transactions going back a number of months are not showing up in the live Postgres DB. Investigation has found all xlog files that does contain the data ...
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Tree structure hierarchical query sorting

I have the following structure of table. CREATE TABLE table1 ( serial_num integer NOT NULL, parent_num integer, parent_key text, key_ary_num integer[], level integer, rank integer, ...
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Error importing postgres DB dump into empty database

I need to import my psql dump into my fresh psql database. When I execute the following command, I get errors. psql -U user new_database < filename.sql Error I got: ERROR: out of memory DETAIL: ...
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Using pg_dump and psql to transfer table with timestamp into another Db

I am using the following pg_dump and psql command lines through the terminal in order to transfer my table from one database to another. pg_dump -U postgres -t public.table1 database1 | psql -U ...
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why pg_restore ignores --create ? Error: failed: FATAL: database “new_db” does not exist

I am trying to run following command: sshpass -p "pass" ssh x@1.2.3.4 "pg_dump -Fc -U foo some_db" | pg_restore --create --dbname=new_db I get: failed: FATAL: database "new_db" does not exist
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script for restore of postgres database localy from dump given on stdin - ambiguous redirect

Runing this command: sshpass -p "pass" ssh x@1.2.3.4 "pg_dump -U foo some_db" runs perfectly fine. It returns on stdandard output the dump of db. Then I would like to restore new_db based on dump ...
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Postgres: modify existing search_path (preserve current values)

Sometimes I would like to extend the existing search path, rather than replace it, say: To start with say it is already set like so: SET search_path TO schema_b, schema_c, public; I want to add my ...
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psql: Show current database

In psql I can use \c <database_name> to connect to a given database. How can I see what database I am currently connected to? When I do: my_db> current_database(); I get: ERROR: ...
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psql: Run commands in batch mode

Consider a .sql file with a few selects and updates. I would like to run this file from a script using the psql utility: psql -h whatever.rds.amazonaws.com -U user dbname -f commands.sql The ...
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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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psql denies access to file when using COPY FROM

When I do this: COPY "mytable" FROM '/my/file.csv' WITH DELIMITER AS ',' CSV; On this: -rw-r--r-- 1 peter peter 54819176 2011-07-21 13:17 file.csv psql tells me this: ERROR: could not open ...
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Can I use pg_restore to restore data to subset of tables?

I am trying to restore data in to select tables of a database (9.3.5). This is a data refresh from production to test, while maintaining some table data in the test database (like application users ...
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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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Run and Save multiple SELECT statements

Within a Postgres function I would like to run a number of PSQL SELECT commands. For each SELECT command I would like to output written to separate text files. What is the best way to implement ...
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Can you force pgpool to require SSL connections?

Can you force pgpool to drop non-ssl connections? I know you can with postgresql (Force PostgreSQL clients to use SSL?), but dropping that same syntax (hostssl instead of host) results in a ...
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Can't list users - “select * from user” returns only one row with one column

I have a heroku postgres add-on database with a user table. However, when I attempt to select * from user, all I get is: current_user ---------------- rtsjlhdfptlaqd (1 row) The table name is ...
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Postgres client copy (\copy) command doesn't have access to a temporary table?

I'm generating a list of SQL commands to export some data that I ultimately run using psql -f. The queries all get the same subset of data, so I thought I'd factor the qualifications out and put a ...
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Passing arguments to psql

I'm running a plpgsql script in Postgres 8.3 - I would like to pass arguments to this script via psql. I'm currently executing the script like: psql -d database -u user -f update_file.sql I came ...
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psql, getting a list of databases to be parsed by a script

I want to use psql to list all of the databases on a Postgres server, to be parsed by a script. This command lists them: psql -l -A -t but the output shows an obvious issue: the records are ...
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How can I time SQL-queries using psql from command line?

I am sorry, I cannot comment, so I am posting a new question. There is already a question "How can I time SQL-queries using psql?" but I am missing answer how to do that from command line. How to run ...
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PostgreSQL cannot start after replacing contents inside its Data folder

When recovering the Postgresql database from a hacked Ubuntu 12.04 server, I copied the data directory to another location, reinstalled the OS and PostgreSQL, stopped PostgreSQL service, removed the ...
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Postgresql: set default psql client encoding

When I connect to a Postgresql DB using psql, I often get these messages: => SELECT * FROM question_view ; ERROR: character with byte sequence 0xd7 0x9e in encoding "UTF8" has no equivalent in ...
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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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Can PostgreSQL results include the query?

I run the following command to run 2 queries in a sql file. Could be 1, could be 50 queries. Depends on the deployment. psql -U <username> -h <servername> -d <databasename> -f ...
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periodic data move from local server to remote server

I have a local PSQL server that is recording data on a solid state drive of less than 8 GB as free on a WIn 7 embedded 32 bit machine. I order to make a backup and store large data I need to setup a ...
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Creation of a table with foreign keys in postgres is taking longer time [duplicate]

I am wondering if someone can help me understand this. I tried to add an column to a table of 22000 rows which is referencing other tables(one of these tables have 0.5 million records). It didn't ...
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compare time difference between current time with last data timestamp

I have a data server recording data every second. i need to setup a cron job that that runs a script that can give a reply if the now() is 24 hours more than the last data recorded. So that I can ...
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Understanding postgres prompts

What is the difference between postgres=# and postgres-#? I tried googling it and looking on the official site but could not get a hit for the symbols.
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Restore postgres in command line on ubuntu failed

This question may be asked many times. We are trying to move a postgres db from windows (psql 9.3) to ubuntu runing postgres 9.3. Here is what we did: In windows, create backup for db cis with ...
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Connecting to postgres server from remote client gives error

I need advice of the following please. I can login to PGAdminIII from my workstation and read/write to my database. However trying to login from the command line gives me an error. After entering ...
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Is there a way to define macros/alias in psql?

It is somewhat annoying to type EXPLAIN (ANALYZE, BUFFERS, VERBOSE) in psql tool every time you tune queries. So, is there a way to define an aliases (autocompletable ones would be very nice) in psql ...
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How do I automatically set meta commands when starting psql?

When I start a psql session, I would like certain meta commands to already be set. For instance: \x auto \set ON_ERROR_STOP on I was hoping to find an rc or config file but couldn't. The command ...
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How to Substitute Variables in PostgreSQL

The given Oracle query inserts data into table by substituting variables. How I achieve the same in PostgreSQL? INSERT INTO control_threshold ( threshold_id, group_name, description, sql, ...
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How to turn off header only in psql (postgresql)

I'm using PostgreSQL 9.1.X I am trying to build psql script to print results without a header but including a footer. http://www.postgresql.org/docs/9.1/static/app-psql.html From the document ...
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Is there a psql equivalent of bash's reverse-search-history?

I am very fond of bash's reverse-search-history (C-r) (command-line feature): Search backward starting at the current line and moving ‘up’ through the history as necessary. This is an incremental ...
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psql: id SERIAL PRIMARY KEY not starting with 1?

This is something I don't understand, can somebody explain? I create a table CREATE TABLE cali (id SERIAL PRIMARY KEY, ALK_from char, ALK_to char, AND_from char, AND_to char); Then ...
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Postgres 9.2 on Windows

Simple question, but utterly infuriating. Trying to use psql from a command prompt, but can't access any of the previous commands with the up/down cursors. I could also really do with finding out ...
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Understanding the output of \d <table> in psql

Say I run the following command: \d mtb.big_table I get the output shown below. My questions are: What are column modifiers? (what does default now() mean?) Under Indexes, Why do some indices ...
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Saving output of \ commands to disk

When I try to run the following command: my_db> \copy \dt *. to /home/john/list.txt I get an error: \copy: parse error at "*" Why? How can I save the output to disk?
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Cannot start psql with user postgres “Could not change directory to /home/user ”

I did a silly mistake. I wanted to set postgres permissions to a folder for exporting data from my database. So I set something like sudo chmod 777 -u postgres /home/user and then my home partition ...
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Listing all databases in PostgreSQL [closed]

I have a basic question about PostgreSQL: When connecting to my database server via pgadmin3, I can see that there are multiple databases. For example, let's say I can see "test", "test1", and ...
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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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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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Postgres Dump To TXT File

Is there a way to convert a Postgres dump file to a text file? I'm experiencing issues getting the dump to the proper file location of I would just restore from the dump file and then export to text. ...
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Recursive update for tree structure in PostgreSQL

I have the following structure of table. id chNum parentid --- ------ --------- 1 1 NULL 2 1.1 1 3 1.1.1 2 4 2 ...
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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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How to import a.csv file into a postgresql database using \copy?

I am trying to import a .csv file into a postgresql database. I am using pgadmin III for that on a win7 machine. My query looks like that: \COPY pop_grid(GRID_ID, POP_TOT, YEAR, METHD_CL, CNTR_CODE, ...
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psql coloured prompt misbehaving

In theory, there is a possibility to use coloured prompts in psql. I decided (not the first time :) that I need them, so I thought I would give them a try. So I have in my .psqlrc the following: ...
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Postgresql socket not listening on the right one

I'm trying to get my postgresql to work. It is clearly running, according to: ps aux | grep postgres | grep -v grep I am getting - username 5781 0.0 0.0 2441364 524 ?? Ss ...