How do I create an array and then put a result of a function into it?
I'm doing it like this:

array text[];
select regexp_split_to_array('whatever this is it splits into array with spaces', E'\\s+')
    into array;

But obviously it doesn't work, when I try to

raise notice '%', array[1];

It's just not how it's done.

  • You forgot to mention your version of Postgres, as well as what happens for you. Result? Error message? Commented May 11, 2014 at 22:49

1 Answer 1


array is a reserved word. You cannot use it as variable name in PL/pgSQL.
This works:

   _arr text[];
   SELECT regexp_split_to_array('this splits into array with spaces', '\s+')
   INTO _arr;

   RAISE NOTICE '%', _arr[1];

SQL Fiddle

Also simplified E'\\s+' --> '\s+'.
standard_conforming_strings = ON is the default since Postgres 9.1 and should be the universal setting by now.

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