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Re: [INTERFACES] MS Access & PsqlODBC: Invalid field name 'name'

From: Ewan Mellor <em(at)nexus(dot)co(dot)uk>
To: PostgreSQL Interfaces <pgsql-interfaces(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [INTERFACES] MS Access & PsqlODBC: Invalid field name 'name'
Date: 1998-05-12 16:08:58
Message-ID: 3558741A.74EC3E3C@nexus.co.uk (view raw or flat)
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Hannu Krosing wrote:
> 
> Ewan Mellor wrote:
> >
> > I am using Byron's ODBC driver (version .0239 downloaded today) with
> > Access 7.00 under Win95 with Postgres 6.3.  I am trying to link tables
> > into Access.  Most tables work fine, but any field with the name 'name'
> > or 'sortname' or even 'garbagename' may not be used as part of an
> > index.  This occurs whether the index is picked up automatically by the
> > driver, or if you are asked to choose a unique field by Access.
> 
> Starting from v2.0 of Access the worn "name" became kind of reserved
> word in Access, as the table itself aquired an _attribute_ name, which
> contains the name of the table.
> 
> so having a field called name is a problem in anyway (for Access).

So it's a "we're Microsoft and we can do what we want" reserved word,
and not an "internationally recognised standard SQL" reserved word :-(

> I have no idea why "sortname" or "garbagename" does not work.
> 
> > Can this be fixed?  As a workaround, could the driver optionally not
> > tell the client application about indices?  In this way, I could tell
> > Access to ignore them and then (I think) I would be able to get at my
> > data.
> 
> you can still do
> 
> ALTER TABLE yourtable RENAME name TO not_name_any_more;

I'd rather not - there is a reasonable amount of code sitting on top of
this DB :-(

Thanks a lot for your help,

Ewan.

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