Great point Bruce,
I hadn't really thought of the semi-colon as a safety mechanism, but I guess
[mailto:pgsql-admin-owner(at)postgresql(dot)org]On Behalf Of Bruce Momjian
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 1:27 PM
To: Yuji Shinozaki
Cc: Dave Ewart; pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [ADMIN] "DELETE FROM" protection
Yuji Shinozaki wrote:
> I've gotten myself into the habit of always writing out a
> SELECT ... FROM ... WHERE ...;
> first, and then command-line editing it to
> DELETE FROM ... WHERE ...;
> Putting it in a transaction (BEGIN, COMMIT or ROLLBACK) is probably the
> best practice.
I used to do this with Informix before a DELETE:
> SELECT COUNT(*) FROM ... WHERE ...;
and Informix had that "Are your sure" check in dbaccess too, but after I
did the COUNT(*), the prompt was just annoying.
Also, what interfaces allow you to just press ENTER to send a command?
With psql, you have to terminate it with a semicolon or nothing happens.
I think there is justification for an "Are you sure" only if a single
keystroke sends the command.
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