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BUG #6052: ADD COLUMN - ERROR: tables can have at most 1600 columns

From: "dinesh" <dinesh(at)milkorwater(dot)com>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: BUG #6052: ADD COLUMN - ERROR: tables can have at most 1600 columns
Date: 2011-06-04 07:09:27
Message-ID: 201106040709.p5479Roc058117@wwwmaster.postgresql.org (view raw or flat)
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The following bug has been logged online:

Bug reference:      6052
Logged by:          dinesh
Email address:      dinesh(at)milkorwater(dot)com
PostgreSQL version: 8.4.7
Operating system:   WIndows 7 pro 64 bit
Description:        ADD COLUMN - ERROR: tables can have at most 1600 columns
Details: 

I have a table which is used during data uploads, a so-called staging table.
This table has a fixed number of columns that [must] match the input CSV
file. This CSV file is uploaded using COPY command. Following the COPY, a
new column (meant for indexing) is constructed on this table using some
application logic; and dropped after that data upload cycle is over.

After some 1500+ cycles, I get the following error:

ERROR: tables can have at most 1600 columns
SQL state: 54011
Context: SQL statement "ALTER TABLE stage_fo ADD COLUMN exch_ticker char
varying"

So it appears that the command
ALTER TABLE stage_fo DROP COLUMN exch_ticker
is only producing some soft effects, not sufficient for the db engine.

There was a similar problem mentioned by another user, Ron St-Pierre, in
June 2004
(http://bytes.com/topic/postgresql/answers/422107-error-tables-can-have-most
-1600-columns). Suggestion made there - to drop/rebuild the table - is not a
trivial choice.

I will appreciate any helpful pointers that will get us past this
showstopper. Rewrite is going to be expensive.

Thanks & regards
Dinesh
Dinesh

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