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I'd really like to use an IF, ELSE construct and execute multiple statements within the IF and ELSE blocks, but I don't wish to save my commands to the database as a stored procedure or function. Can I do this in PostgreSQL?

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There is the DO command for ad-hoc plpgsql execution.
But you cannot pass parameters or return rows directly to / from a DO command.

BTW, strictly speaking, Postgres does not have "stored procedures" before Postgres 11. Just functions providing very similar functionality. See:

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  • Your response was very informative. Thanks for the extra caveat.
    – Jellicle
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:11

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