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Re: Help with transactions and FK's

From: "Michael Schmidt" <michaelmschmidt(at)msn(dot)com>
To: "Dave Cramer" <pg(at)fastcrypt(dot)com>
Cc: "PostgreSQL JDBC" <pgsql-jdbc(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Help with transactions and FK's
Date: 2006-11-13 18:48:36
Message-ID: BAY114-DAV46FC673671302BAE42033A3F40@phx.gbl (view raw or whole thread)
Lists: pgsql-jdbc
Mr. Cramer,
Thanks for the very quick reply.  Given the sophistication of PostgreSQL, I had hoped it would be that simple!
Michael Schmidt
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dave Cramer<mailto:pg(at)fastcrypt(dot)com> 
  To: Michael Schmidt<mailto:michaelmschmidt(at)msn(dot)com> 
  Cc: PostgreSQL JDBC<mailto:pgsql-jdbc(at)postgresql(dot)org> 
  Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 10:24 AM
  Subject: Re: [JDBC] Help with transactions and FK's


  It will work as you expect.

  You actually don't even have to get it back, as long as you use the same connection you can do 

  assuming the name of the sequence for parent record is parent_id_seq 

  insert into parent record

  insert into child (child_id,.....) values (currval('parent_id_seq'),.....)

  On 13-Nov-06, at 12:05 PM, Michael Schmidt wrote:

    I'm sure this is a basic question, but after reading the PG documentation and some posts on the lists, I still haven't found a solution.  So, I hope someone can provide an answer without too much effort.

    I have a scientific bibliography database in which a "data item" consists of a parent record with several child and grandchild records, linked with foreign keys.  Using my Java front-end and JDBC, I want to insert a new "data item" via a transaction.  My thought is to do the following steps:

    insert the parent record
    get the parent record primary key with currval() of the primary key sequence
    set the child record foreign key value to the value from currval()
    insert the child records
    roll back on error

    for the grandchild records, several currval() calls will be needed.  My question is - will currval() provide the correct primary key value for the records inserted in the transaction, or will it provide the value of the sequence at the beginning of the transaction?  If the latter, how to proceed?

    Thanks for your time.
    Michael Schmidt

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