This works as expected,

\set x '''2\n3'''

but this doesn't

\set x '''2

Is there a workaround for later example so I don't have to use \n instead of newline?

  • psql commands are oneliners (including \copy, being the only one that annoys me regularly). If you tell us the purpose of this, we might come up with a better idea. Jan 11, 2016 at 15:40
  • @dezso I would like to paste some text into psql which can be later used for queries. \gset is probably able to handle this.
    – mpapec
    Jan 12, 2016 at 20:17

1 Answer 1


To answer my own question, the \gset command should be used for multiline variable content,

select '''2
3''' x \gset

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