Lincoln Yeoh wrote:
> I'm trying to set up logging tables and need a bit of help.
> I would like to ensure that things are stored so that they can be retrieved
> in the correct sequence.
> However is there a guarantee that datetime is sufficient for correct order
> if an item is updated by different people one after the other at almost the
> same time?
> I would prefer something like
> CREATE TABLE shoelace_log (
> log_sequence serial -- sequence of events
> sl_name char(10), -- shoelace changed
> sl_avail integer, -- new available value
> log_who name, -- who did it
> log_when datetime, -- when
> CREATE RULE log_shoelace AS ON UPDATE TO shoelace_data
> WHERE NEW.sl_avail != OLD.sl_avail
> DO INSERT INTO shoelace_log VALUES (
> However I notice there isn't a column name specification in the DO INSERT
> INTO, how would I format the INSERT INTO statement so that log_sequence is
> not clobbered? Can I use the normal INSERT into format and specify the
> columns? I haven't managed to get it to work that way. Would defining the
> sequence at the end of the table help? That would be untidy tho ;).
I haven't used rules yet, but in reviewing the 'CREATE RULE' documentation at
I believe the 'action' after the 'DO' can be any SQL statement, so you should
be able to name the columns. Am I missing something?
And if the 'serial' type doesn't mainatain a serial order across multiple
clients/users, I'm in deep trouble. :)
> Can/should I use now() instead of 'now'::text?
I've been using a default datetime column definition of
log_when datetime default CURRENT_TIMESTAMP
in other similar situations, and that seems to work as you wish (you can then
leave it out of the INSERT statement).
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