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using oids as primary keys and foreign keys

From: David Bear <David(dot)Bear(at)asu(dot)edu>
To: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: using oids as primary keys and foreign keys
Date: 2004-11-08 22:36:26
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I've looked in the archives searching on oid and 'access' (microsoft)
to see how others have handled migration from data bases in ms-access
to postgresql. MS access has an auto-inc field that is used frequently
as a uniq id.  Seems the OID has the same function. Yet, I've seem
parts of messages that say not to use the OID in that manner, but
nothing seems 'definitive'.

Can I use an OID as a foreign key in another table? 

If not, what is the prefered method for replicating the auto-inc field
that ms-access users are so fond of... a 'sequence'?

David Bear
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