On Thu, 22 Jul 2004, Frank van Vugt wrote:
> (verify whether temporary tables do support primary keys)
> # create temp table f_test (id int primary key, value varchar(20));
> NOTICE: CREATE TABLE / PRIMARY KEY will create implicit index "f_test_pkey"
> for table "f_test"
> CREATE TABLE
> # drop table f_test;
> DROP TABLE
> (now create it without the primary key)
> # create temp table f_test (value varchar(20));
> CREATE TABLE
> (and add the column afterwards)
> # alter table f_test add column id int primary key;
> NOTICE: ALTER TABLE / ADD PRIMARY KEY will create implicit index
> "f_test_pkey" for table "f_test"
> ERROR: adding NOT NULL columns is not implemented
> HINT: Add the column, then use ALTER TABLE SET NOT NULL.
The issue here is the not-nullness of a new column which isn't supported
in 7.4 (it appears to be in 7.5).
> By the way, I noticed that the todo-list does not mention 'alter table alter
> column set/drop primary key'. I'm wondering whether it should?
ALTER TABLE ADD CONSTRAINT can handle primary keys.
> I was trying to avoid repeating complex create temp table statements by doing
> stuff like 'create temp table <foo> as select * from <bar> where false'
> instead. But since the resulting table doesn't have any indexes on it and one
> of the libraries I use actually expects a 'real' primary key to be available,
> I was looking for ways to get to a temporary table with a copied structure
> AND a primary key.
I think you probably want:
create temp table f_test as select * from bar where false;
alter table f_test add primary key (id);
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