I'm new in PostgreSQL. I try to create table in database. In psql i write:

CREATE TABLE mail_user (
   user char(50) NOT NULL,
   domain char(50) NOT NULL,
   password char(50) NOT NULL
);

But i get error:

ERROR: syntax error at or near "user" LINE 2: user char(50) NOT NULL, ^

What's wrong? How can i fix it?

Thank you.

  • Just don't use reserved words. It will cause more problems than it solves. – ferhat elmas Jan 12 '16 at 17:31
up vote 4 down vote accepted

You can use reserved words by quoting them:

CREATE TABLE mail_user (
   "user" char(50) NOT NULL,
   domain char(50) NOT NULL,
   password char(50) NOT NULL
);
  • And don't forget to use quotes in every query you execute on this table, "user" will always be a reserved word. – Frank Heikens Feb 28 '11 at 8:58

"user" is a reserved word. You may want to try "username" instead. http://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.3/static/sql-keywords-appendix.html

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