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Re: [SQL] how to cast localtimestamp to bigint???

From: george young <gry(at)ll(dot)mit(dot)edu>
To: "Pradeepkumar, Pyatalo (IE10)" <Pradeepkumar(dot)Pyatalo(at)honeywell(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [SQL] how to cast localtimestamp to bigint???
Date: 2004-08-13 17:34:57
Message-ID: 20040813133457.12f50ed5.gry@ll.mit.edu (view raw or flat)
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On Thu, 12 Aug 2004 07:47:06 -0700
"Pradeepkumar, Pyatalo (IE10)" <Pradeepkumar(dot)Pyatalo(at)honeywell(dot)com> threw this fish to the penguins:

> I am having a table something like this....
> 
> CREATE TABLE(PointId integer, PointName varchar(50),PointType integer,
> createtime bigint);
> 
> where createtime is the current timestamp when the tuple is inserted.
> 
> now how do I insert values into the above table. Is there a way to cast
> timestamp to bigint.
> Also can anyone suggest as to which date function to use -
> CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, LOCALTIMESTAMP, timeofday(), now....

You could use(from http://www.postgresql.org/docs/7.4/static/functions-datetime.html#FUNCTIONS-DATETIME-EXTRACT)

  EXTRACT (field FROM source)
  epoch

    For date and timestamp values, the number of seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00-00 (can be negative); for interval values, the total number of seconds in the interval

e.g.:

select CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, extract('epoch' from CURRENT_TIMESTAMP)::bigint;
(1 row)
          timestamptz          | date_part  
-------------------------------+------------
 2004-08-13 13:27:30.715408-04 | 1092418051

The bigint cast will round to the nearest second.


See:
  http://www.postgresql.org/docs/7.4/static/functions-datetime.html#FUNCTIONS-DATETIME-CURRENT

for subtleties of various current time/date functions.

-- George Young
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