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pg_listen -- set or change a callback for asynchronous notification messages


pg_listen conn notifyName ?callbackCommand?


pg_listen creates, changes, or cancels a request to listen for asynchronous notification messages from the PostgreSQL server. With a callbackCommand parameter, the request is established, or the command string of an already existing request is replaced. With no callbackCommand parameter, a prior request is canceled.

After a pg_listen request is established, the specified command string is executed whenever a notification message bearing the given name arrives from the server. This occurs when any PostgreSQL client application issues a NOTIFY command referencing that name. The command string is executed from the Tcl idle loop. That is the normal idle state of an application written with Tk. In non-Tk Tcl shells, you can execute update or vwait to cause the idle loop to be entered.

You should not invoke the SQL statements LISTEN or UNLISTEN directly when using pg_listen. pgtcl takes care of issuing those statements for you. But if you want to send a notification message yourself, invoke the SQL NOTIFY statement using pg_exec.



The handle of the connection on which to listen for notifications.


The name of the notification condition to start or stop listening to.


If present, provides the command string to execute when a matching notification arrives.

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