I have a heroku postgres add-on database with a user table. However, when I attempt to select * from user, all I get is:

(1 row)

The table name is definitely user. There is no users table. There are definitely a bunch of users in my app, but I can't seem to list them.



Ok this is kind of a stupid question, but I'll leave it in case someone else makes a similarly dumb mistake.

For the record, I'm not the one who created a set of models including user instead of users.

Postgres has its own table user which it holds postgres users in. When you select * from user what you're getting is the result of the postgres user table. What you have to do instead is select * from "user" where user is in double quotes.

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  • This is not really correct, see the output of \dt *."user". Regardless, I'd suggest removing this question in favour of the SO one (with an excellent answer). – dezso May 8 '15 at 10:03


select * from <schema-name>."user";

For example:

select * from public."user";

Note (my Postgres version):

# select version();
PostgreSQL 10.5 (Debian 10.5-1.pgdg90+1) on x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, compiled by gcc (Debian 6.3.0-18+deb9u1) 6.3.0 20170516, 64-bit
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