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How to view data in pgAdmin III

I can't believe they make it this hard. I am at a loss about how to view the data in my database. Is there an easy way to see what data is in my tables with pgAdmin III? Alternatively, is there a ...
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Rotate a table in PostgreSQL

Problem description I need to rotate (with DROP and CREATE) a table which is heavily used by other clients. At present, I have a program which replaces (DROP + CREATE) this table. Sometimes, just ...
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Dropping indexes doesn't seem to release space to the OS. Can it?

I'm running PostgreSQL 9.1. I have noticed really alarmingly bad indexes are taking up a lot of space on my server, e.g: evlampts=# SELECT pg_size_pretty(pg_relation_size('mcdata_2011_07')) AS ...
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PostgreSQL 9.1 Hot Backup Error: the database system is starting up

I have been working on a hot backup for Postgres 9.1 for awhile and have run into a consistent issue. After restarting Postgres on the slave server the pgstartup log file and the daily log file under ...
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Index on primary key not used in simple join

I have the following table and index definitions: CREATE TABLE munkalap ( munkalap_id serial PRIMARY KEY, ... ); CREATE TABLE munkalap_lepes ( munkalap_lepes_id serial PRIMARY KEY, ...
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Postgres Client - save table sorting

Is there a Postgres client (for Windows) that can save customized sorting when viewing tables? Obviously I could write and save a query for this, but perhaps there's a client that can do this for me. ...
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Concurrency with Select-conditional Insert/Update/Delete - PostgreSQL

I have an intervals table which stores a start date and an end date for variables variable_id (four columns : id, start, end, variable_id). Clients compute new intervals for one variable and store ...
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Optimizing ORDER BY in a full text search query

I have a big table entities with ~ 15M records. I want to find top 5 rows matching 'hockey' in their name. I have a full text index on name, which is used: gin_ix_entity_full_text_search_name Query:...
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USING construct in JOIN clause can introduce optimization barriers in certain cases?

It was brought to my attention that the USING construct (instead of ON) in the FROM clause of SELECT queries might introduce optimization barriers in certain cases. I mean this key word: SELECT * ...
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How can I write a proper query to JOIN all of these tables without duplicates?

Let's say I have four tables: TABLE: players COLUMNS: id, first_name, last_name TABLE: passing_stats COLUMNS: id, year, passing_yards (several other passing columns) TABLE: rushing_stats ...
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pg_restore: [archiver] unsupported version (1.11) in file header postgresql

My server is working on Ubuntu with PostgreSQL 8.4 and the development machine I'm using has Debian Lenny with PostgreSQL 8.3. My machine can't be upgraded to PostgreSQL 8.4 and I need to restore a ...
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How to drop all connections to a specific database without stopping the server?

I want to drop all connections (sessions) that are currently opened to a specific PostgreSQL database but without restarting the server or disconnecting connections to other databases. How can I do ...
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Can I replicate views with Slony?

Can I feed some SQL that creates a view to Slony? I have some SQL that does CREATE OR REPLACE VIEW name_of_view and so on, passes it to slonik_execute_script, and then tries to run slonik_create_set ...
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send jobs via psql asynchronously

I want to backup a huge number of records and delete them, but I don't have complete access to database server so I can't run my script on the server. because it takes so long I need to submit jobs(...
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How do I design a database for continents, countries, regions, cities and POIs?

I am not a database designer so I'm having trouble designing database with GIS information. The goal is to create a system with continents, countries, regions (including states, sub-regions, provinces)...
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pg_relation_size does not show any difference after VACUUM ANALYZE

I wrote a script to backup a postgresql using COPY and then delete those records. I have used pg_relation_size before and after delete. pg_relation_size DELETE VACUUM ANALYZE pg_relation_size But ...
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How not to distribute reads in pgpool

I want to use pgpool to replicate one database to another. I want to do my processing on my master database (reads/writes/inserts/deletes), replicate that database to another database as it is ...
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slow index scan on postgresql 9.1

I have a view which is amazingly slow :) It joins two tables only, having a few simple WHERE conditions and one in a form of a subquery (see SubPlan1 below). The simplest condition is checked as an ...
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PostgreSQL Database Migration

How can I migrate data from on PostgreSQL database to another PostgreSQL database? Is there any technique to migrate data with SQL scripting?
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How to connect to remote PostgreSQL server

I wrote a web app, using java + spring+ PostgreSQL, which I have up and running. I have a tester for my system and I want him to be able to connect to my database directly to check the result of ...
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Initial recovery Postgres with backup in sync commit mode

I've got a master and a slave postgres 9.1.3 database. I would like to init the backup database for the first time. I did the following steps: Stopped master Copied all files to Slave Create recory....
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Compare a date and a timestamp with time zone with now() in the same query?

I have multiple database servers I'm querying with a query that compares an expiration column with now(). The problem is that one of the servers' expiration column is a timestamp with time zone, and ...
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PostgreSQL synchronized commit performance

I'm setting up a pair of PostgreSQL servers. Because cash is short I can only afford one high class server and some crapy backup box. If the expensive high end box should catch fire, operations can ...
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Is there any way to clear all tables using Liquibase?

I'm currently using Liquibase for creating test data in my database before each test run. I came across a problem where some of the test cases need special data, while others need the tables to be ...
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Request suggestion for a database between MySQL and Postgresql

We maintain a list of all the SAN Switch Ports that are either free or allocated to hosts. Currently, we enter the information on the company portal. But we need to move if off to a database because ...
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psql won't list databases

I have a situation that I'm scratching my head over, but I'm new to postgresql, so I may be overlooking something obvious. I set up a testbed server and set access in pg_hba.conf: local all ...
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migrating tables from Postgres to SQL Server 2008

(I fear what I wish to accomplish shall not be easy, but a lot of my googling around about it yielded rather dated results, so here it goes...) I have a Postgres 8.4.x database with over 100 tables. ...
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How to convert a MySQL database to PostgreSQL?

Is there any command line tool for converting the MySQL database to PostgreSQL? I'd also like to know if there is a way to convert the database using the normal mysqldump command.
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How to toggle a boolean field by sql in postgresql?

There is a field show which is a boolean type in postgesql. I want to write a sql to update that table, to toggle the value of show. If it's true, it becomes false, if it's false, it becomes true. ...
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PostgreSQL 9 'pgstats wait timeout' problem

I'm asking about this here because in the PostgreSQL mailing lists no one answered me. In one of my servers (Windows 2008 R2 Standard/PostgreSQL 9.0.5 64 bits) the logs are being flooded with the ...
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Why did Postgres UPDATE take 39 hours?

I have a Postgres table with ~2.1 million rows. I ran the below update on it: WITH stops AS ( SELECT id, rank() OVER (ORDER BY offense_timestamp, defendant_dl, ...
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querying a linked PostgreSQL database in SQL Server 2008

We will be deploying an application with a Postgres back-end and need to provide report writing capabilities in SQL Server. I am exploring options for real-time or near real-time reporting in this ...
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Creating UUID extension as the non super privileged user

I need to load the uuid extension on my database, which is being created in runtime. The user that created the db is not superuser, she only has the "CREATEDB" permissions. Is there a way to do this? ...
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Postgres synchronized backup - what's with the archive?

I am setting up a Postgres 9.1 master and a hot standby-server. I read the documentation but I'm not quite sure yet what I should do with my WAL files. Every commit is done on both servers before ...
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Working of window functions and idea window size for window function

I am not able to understand the concept of window functions. How exactly they work and what are the pros and cons of such technique? I have read that using limit and offset is slow but its still used....
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Postgres full text search with multiple columns, why concat in index and not at runtime?

I've come across full text search in postgres in the last few days, and I am a little confused about indexing when searching across multiple columns. The postgres docs talk about creating a ts_vector ...
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Difference between table fillfactor and index fillfactor

In Postgres, one can set fillfactor for an index as well as a table. What is the difference? How to decide values for either. What are the usecases? I am trying to cluster a spatial relation on a ...
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Disable automatic login in pgAdmin

I have enabled automatic login in pgAdmin and would like to disable it to make it possible to connect to the servers using different roles. How do I do this?
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Tutorial for installing and setting up 'streaming replication' with PostgreSQL on Windows XP

Please refer to the diagram in the link below. While looking at my goals. http://i.stack.imgur.com/GkVWb.png GOAL: Get PostgreSQL 9.1 running on 3 terminals on the 'on site' location. 'on site' ...
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Postgres multiple joins slow query, how to store default child record

Ive got a small database in Postgres, about 10,000 records storing company customers. I have a "slow" performing query (about half a second) which is performed very frequently, and my boss wants me to ...
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Reindexing a large database

I have a very large database (millions of rows) which has been indexed. I receive a diff of rows from another source that I need to update in my database. The problem I am facing is that is it ...
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PostgreSQL: Unable to run repmgr cloned database

I'm running tests with PostgreSQL hot standby with 1 master, and exactly 1 slave. I am using the instructions on this guide: http://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-set-up-a-postgresql-9.0-hot-standby-...
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pg_upgrade fails with an unspecified error

I’m running Postgres 9.1’s pg_ugrade to migrate from 9.0 to 9.1 on Windows x64. After editing the permissions to allow full trust, running the tool as the postgres user, and working around a bug ...
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PostgreSQL versus MySQL for EAV structures storage

Is there any practical difference or what are the advantages of using Postgres 9.x versus MySQL 5.x for storing EAV (Entity-Attribute-Value) structures, especially in terms of read performance?
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Upgrade postgres without messing with ports?

The standard procedure for upgrading Postgres appears to require that I temporarily run both the old and the new version. This means that I have to change the port of the old version. This seems ...
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PostgreSQL WAL Archiving: Does having archive_mode set to 'on' without copying logs cause performance issues?

Using PostgreSQL 8.4/CentOS 6: if I set the archive_mode parameter to on in postgresql.conf, but don't actually store the generated WAL files anywhere via the archive_command parameter, is there any ...
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What is the meaning of n_live_tup and n_dead_tup in pg_stat_user_tables

What is the meaning of n_live_tup and n_dead_tup in pg_stat_user_tables or pgstattuple?
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Opening a .backup file for PostgreSQL

I'm going to warn you that whoever explains this needs to talk to me like I'm five years old, because this is something way, way beyond my level of expertise. In short, I have what I think is a ...
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Multiple databases, in multiple geographic locations while preserving PostgreSQL triggers and data consistency

I've read a ton over 300 pages of db setups in the last day but I feel a little overwhelmed with all of the potential options and lack of documentation on how PostgreSQL triggers function across ...
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access columns returned by psql from bash

I want to use value returned by psql in bash. This is the script: psql "connection parameters" -c "SELECT pg_database_size('dbname');" The output is like this: pg_database_size ------------------ ...