It looks like select nextval('table_name') actually does the value increment.

My goal is to "predict" the nextval value on all tables in the database without actually making any incrementation. This should be a read-only operation.

I cannot run the select nextval on a read-only connection since it's actually trying to make a transaction. I would like to be able to query this and monitor the sequences on a read-only replica database.

How would you tackle this and meet the goal?

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    What is the purpose behind wanting to "predict" the next value of a sequence? If you just want an idea would it not just be possible to select the max value where that sequence is used? – Joe W Nov 12 '19 at 19:50
  • @JoeW Since you must know... an int id column overflowed due to a bug in the custom stored proc that rebuilds our sequences... Until the root cause can be identified and fixed, I want to have insight to any tables that might overflow their data types by a high sequence number as at least a preventative measure. – emmdee Nov 12 '19 at 20:21
  • I would question the need to have a stored proc to rebuild the sequences in the first place and would wonder what is putting them in a state that needs them to be rebuilt. – Joe W Nov 12 '19 at 20:39
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    Trust me, you're preaching to the choir!! That would be great to redesign. However it's a 10 year old legacy software design stack and I'm just trying to earn my paycheck not here to redesign everything. I'm a sysadmin just trying to resolve a problem. – emmdee Nov 12 '19 at 21:18

I would assume that SELECT currval('seq_name') + 1 or SELECT last_value + 1 FROM seq_name would be the answer, but that's only if you're incrementing by 1, or you know the increment off-hand.

If you're not incrementing by 1 and you don't know the increment, then try this:

SELECT currval('seq_name') + i.inc
  FROM (SELECT seqincrement AS inc
          FROM pg_sequence
         WHERE seqrelid = 'seq_name'::regclass::oid) AS i;


SELECT last_value + i.inc
  FROM seq_name,
      (SELECT seqincrement AS inc
         FROM pg_sequence
        WHERE seqrelid = 'seq_name'::regclass::oid) AS i;
  • Thanks! This is definitely on the right track. However it seems you need to an insert or nextval() in the session first since I'm getting error: ERROR: currval of sequence "cache_zed_inst_seq" is not yet defined in this session. If I update the sequence in the session then I can grab currval() – emmdee Nov 12 '19 at 20:28
  • if currval() doesn't work, then SELECT last_value FROM cache_zed_inst_seq should – richyen Nov 12 '19 at 21:11
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    updated my answer with last_value – richyen Nov 12 '19 at 21:13
  • Viola! Perfect THANK YOU – emmdee Nov 12 '19 at 21:21

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