Inserting into all the columns doesn't change the sequence, as you
discovered. The usual solution to this problem is to create a table
that exactly matches your to-be-COPYed-data, do the copy.
CREATE TEMP temp_table (columns from data...)
\copy temp_table from <wherever>
INSERT INTO real_table (columns...) SELECT * FROM temp_table;
-- temp_table will be automatically deleted at end of session or you
-- can drop it explicitly.
This will trigger the sequence as normal...
Alternativly you can use setval() to update the sequence...
Hope this helps,
On Mon, Jan 31, 2005 at 02:20:03AM -0800, sid tow wrote:
> I have a problem with the SEQUENCE generation. I have a column in
> a table which auto increments by 1 every time there is a entry
> and I am strictly prohibited to use only PostgreSQL 7.2 version.
> Now the problem is with the COPY command, I will have to copy
> entire columns present in the table from a file with this version
> of PostgreSQL. I just cant copy those fields I want to update.
> For this what I did was I got the current value of the auto
> generated sequence from ie the column "last_value" from the
> sequence table and updated the auto generating column also along
> with the other columns. Now the problem is that even after I have
> inserted some data in the tables I see no change in the column
> last_value of the sequence table since last copy or insert of
> data. Why is it? And is there any alternate way to copy only
> those columns I need to using this version of PostgreSQL?
> Note: I referred man pages of create_sequence to get the information.
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