Is there some other unique key you can test on?
Take a look at http://lnk.nu/cvs.distributed.net/8qt.sql lines 169-216
for an exammple. In this case we use a different method for assigning
IDs than you probably will, but the idea remains.
On Tue, Mar 28, 2006 at 10:59:49AM -0500, ashah wrote:
> I tried this solution, but ran into following problem.
> The temp_table has columns (col1, col2, col3).
> The original_table has columns (col0, col1, col2, col3)
> Now the extra col0 on the original_table is the unique generated ID by the
> How can I make your suggestions work in that case .. ?
> On Wednesday 22 March 2006 11:09 am, Jim C. Nasby wrote:
> > Load the files into a temp table and go from there...
> > COPY ... FROM file;
> > UPDATE existing_table SET ... WHERE ...;
> > INSERT INTO existing_table SELECT * FROM temp_table WHERE NOT EXISTS(
> > SELECT * FROM existing_table WHERE ...)
> > On Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 10:32:10AM -0500, ashah wrote:
> > > I have a database with foreign keys enabled on the schema. I receive
> > > different files, some of them are huge. And I need to load these files in
> > > the database every night. There are several scenerios that I want to
> > > design an optimal solution for -
> > >
> > > 1. One of the file has around 80K records and I have to delete everything
> > > from the table and load this file. The provider never provides a "delta
> > > file" so I dont have a way to identify which records are already present
> > > and which are new. If I dont delete everything and insert fresh, I have
> > > to make around 80K selects to decide if the records exist or not. Now
> > > there are lot of tables that have foreign keys linked with this table so
> > > unless I disable the foreign keys, I cannot really delete anything from
> > > this table. What would be a good practise here?
> > >
> > > 2. Another file that I receive has around 150K records that I need to
> > > load in the database. Now one of the fields is logically a "foreign key"
> > > to another table, and it is linked to the parent table via a database
> > > generated unique ID instead of the actual value. But the file comes with
> > > the actual value. So once again, I have to either drop the foreign key,
> > > or make 150K selects to determine the serial ID so that the foreign key
> > > is satisfied. What would be a good strategy in this scenerio ?
> > >
> > > Please pardon my inexperience with database !
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Amit
> > >
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> > >
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> TIP 9: In versions below 8.0, the planner will ignore your desire to
> choose an index scan if your joining column's datatypes do not
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