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Re: replacing within cells

From: "Oliver Elphick" <olly(at)lfix(dot)co(dot)uk>
To: Mark Nelson <MCN(at)cc(dot)usu(dot)edu>
Cc: PGSQL-NOVICE(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: replacing within cells
Date: 2001-08-15 15:50:11
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Mark Nelson wrote:
  >I should have been more clear. I am replacing occurances of text
  >within other text (like paragraphs). So if the cell contains:
  >"Every morning, Mr. Jones smells his tulips" and another cell
  >contains something else Mr. Jones does, and I want to make all
  >instances of Mr. Jones turn to Mr. Johnson, how do I do that? Do
  >I have to extract the whole cell and then search on it and put it

If it's a one-off:

$ psql ...
  COPY table TO '/tmp/table.out';
$ sed -e 's/Mr. Jones/Mr. Johnson/g' </tmp/table.out > /tmp/
$ psql ...
  DELETE FROM table;
  COPY table FROM '/tmp/';

If you will have to do it a lot, you will need to create a function
replace_all() to do it (PL/Perl is probably the language to use because
of Perl's pattern-replacement operators).
Then you could do:

  UPDATE table
    SET paragraph = replace_all(paragraph, 'Mr. Jones', 'Mr. Johnson')
    WHERE paragraph ~ 'Mr. Jones';

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