Basically I have a handful of .sql files that I regularly modify in structure that need to be run in a certain order:


Since every structural modification requires a full re-run of this sequence I would like to save myself the trouble of tapping throgh my command history and compile them into a makefile-esque structure; e.g.

$ Makepsql
$ psql
> \i CREATE.sql
> \i INSERT.sql
> \i PLPSGSQL.sql
> \i TEST.sql
> \i DROP.sql
> \q

Is there something like this?

  • Check out tools like Liquibase or Flyway.
    – user1822
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 18:21
  • Sadly I'm not working on my own environment, but on an university server.
    – nitowa
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 18:57
  • So what? Liquibase is just a command line tool
    – user1822
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 19:43
  • You can include multiple files from a main one - and then just run this file using psql -f main_file.sql Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 21:55
  • I don't have any admin rights on that server, so I may not install any tools.. That's what.
    – nitowa
    Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 16:31

1 Answer 1


Write a bash script and pass those files as arguments to psql.


set -e #abort on error

psql -v ON_ERROR_STOP=1 -f CREATE.sql
#...insert your scripts here
psql -v ON_ERROR_STOP=1 -f DROP.sql

If you want the Makefile functionality (e.g. check modified dates of files and dependencies), just write a Makefile, and use the psql commands!

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