How would I do this in postgres :

Lets say I have an x and a y and I want to show all possible combinations :


How can I make postgres do this for me ?

with characters (c) as (
  select unnest(string_to_array('xy', null))
select *
from characters c1
  cross join characters c2


Apparently this does not work in 8.4, but the following should:

with characters (c) as (
  select unnest(regexp_split_to_array('xy', ''))
select *
from characters c1
  cross join characters c2

Thanks to Bruno for testing this.

  • that gives me no output I'm affraid :/ – Lucas Kauffman Dec 11 '11 at 16:30
  • No output? Works fine over here, PostgreSQL version 9.1 used to test. – Frank Heikens Dec 11 '11 at 16:32
  • I'm still running 8.4 :( – Lucas Kauffman Dec 11 '11 at 16:37
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    @LucasKauffman: That should work on 8.4 as well (it has CTEs, unnest and string_to_array) – a_horse_with_no_name Dec 11 '11 at 16:53
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    I couldn't get it to work with 8.4 either, but replacing string_to_array('xy', null) with regexp_split_to_array('xy', '') works. Credit to this thread, which may have something to do with support for NULL as a delimiter in more recent versions. – Bruno Dec 11 '11 at 20:06

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