Reading External File

I’m working on items for migrating my database class from Oracle to PostgreSQL. I ran into an interesting limitation when I tried using the COPY command to read an external CSV file.

I had prepared the system by creating a new directory hierarchy owned by the postgres user on top of a /u01/app mount point. I set the ownership of the directories and files with the following command from the /u01/app mount point:

chown -R  (more...)

PostgreSQL and LPAD

While porting my Oracle code to PostgreSQL I encountered a little quirk. It’s probably not a quirk except for the fact that I’ve worked in Oracle so long. Oracle implicitly type casts so well that we seldom notice.

PostreSQL doesn’t work like Oracle. It does type cast sometimes but not very often. I tried porting the following segment from my Oracle stored procedure to PostgreSQL:

/* Add account number with zeros. */
FOR j IN  (more...)

Postgres Foreign Keys

Just sorting out how to query the information_schema to discover the magic for a query of a table’s foreign key constraints. This query works to return the foreign key constraints:

SELECT   conrelid::regclass::text AS table_from
,        conname AS foreign_key
,        pg_get_constraintdef(oid)
FROM     pg_constraint
WHERE    contype = 'f'
AND      connamespace = 'public'::regnamespace 
AND      conrelid::regclass::text = 'rental_item'
ORDER BY conrelid::regclass::text
,        conname;

It returns the following for the rental_item table:

 table_from  |   foreign_key    |                           pg_get_constraintdef                            
 rental_item |  (more...)

Postgres Overloaded Routines

Earlier I showed how to write an anonymous block in PostgreSQL PL/pgSQL to drop routines, like functions and procedures. However, it would only work when they’re not overloaded functions or procedures. The following lets you drop all routines, including overloaded functions and procedures. Overloaded procedures are those that share the same name but have different parameter lists.

Before you can test the anonymous block, you need to create a set of overloaded functions or procedures. (more...)

DBeaver for PostgreSQL

I’m migrating my database classes from the Oracle database to the PostgreSQL database. Using the Oracle Express Edition has always required a virtualized image because students use Windows and Mac OS. Also, the university doesn’t like my use of a virtualized image. Virtualization imposes incremental cost on students to have high end laptops.

The available Docker images don’t typically support the Oracle Express Edition. That means there are licensing implications tied to Oracle.

As a (more...)

Java and Postgres

I wanted to get Java working with PostgreSQL to test some GUI interfaces on Linux. Figuring out the necessary JAR file for the JDBC was my first hurdle. I found it was postgreSQL-42-2.5.jar file.

You can download it with the following command line:


I downloaded it to a Java directory off the home/student directory. Then, I added the following CLASSPATH to local java.env environment file.


Postgres Drop Tables

While building my PostgreSQL environment for the class, I had to write a couple utilities. They do the following:

  1. Drops all the tables from a schema.
  2. Drops all the sequences from a schema that aren’t tied to an _id column with a SERIAL data type.
  3. Drops all the functions and procedures (qualified as routines) from a schema.
  4. Drops all the triggers from a schema.

The following gives you the code for all four files: drop_tables. (more...)

Postgres Print Debug Notes

A student asked how you print output from PL/pgSQL blocks. The student wanted to know if there was something like the following in Oracle’s PL/SQL programming language:

dbms_output.put_line('some string');

or, in Java programming the:

System.out.println("some string");

The RAISE NOTICE is the equivalent to these in Postgres PL/pgSQL, as shown in the following anonymous block:

do $$
  raise notice 'Hello World!';

It prints:

NOTICE:  Hello World!

I hope (more...)

Postgres SQL Nuance

I ran across an interesting nuance between Oracle and Postgres with the double-pipe operator. I found that the following query failed to cross port from Oracle to Postgres:

COL account_number  FORMAT A10  HEADING "Account|Number"
COL full_name       FORMAT A16  HEADING "Name|(Last, First MI)"
COL city            FORMAT A12  HEADING "City"
COL state_province  FORMAT A10  HEADING "State"
COL telephone       FORMAT A18  HEADING "Telephone"
SELECT   m.account_number
,        c.last_name || ', ' || c.first_name
||       CASE
           WHEN  (more...)

Postgres Foreign Constraints

You can’t disable a foreign key constraint in Postgres, like you can do in Oracle. However, you can remove the foreign key constraint from a column and then re-add it to the column.

Here’s a quick test case in five steps:

  1. Drop the big and little table if they exists. The first drop statement requires a cascade because there is a dependent little table that holds a foreign key constraint against the primary key column (more...)