I know I can list my postgres databases with the following command:

# list only the databases
psql -U openerp -q -t -c "select datname from pg_database;" template1


# show a full listing of databases
psql template1 -U openerp -l

How can I filter the databases by owner 'openerp'? datdba field is just a number... how can I map it?

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For things like this, you'll want to query pg_database directly. The owner field is a reference to pg_catalog.pg_authid.oid, but this is a superuser-only accessible table. There's a view, pg_catalog.pg_roles that exposes the id as the oid attribute, so you can:

  rolname AS dbowner
from pg_database d 
     inner join pg_roles r on (d.datdba = r.oid);
  • U're right. After digging for hours I found this approach (yes, i'm a pg n00b) Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 16:10
  • It works! I just added a where clause to filter by my desired rolname. where rolname='ramy' . Commented Sep 16, 2020 at 17:59

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