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BUG #1636: Foreign key referencing inherited table fails.

From: "Fredrik Olsson" <peylow(at)atari(dot)org>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: BUG #1636: Foreign key referencing inherited table fails.
Date: 2005-04-28 15:31:45
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The following bug has been logged online:

Bug reference:      1636
Logged by:          Fredrik Olsson
Email address:      peylow(at)atari(dot)org
PostgreSQL version: 8.0.2
Operating system:   Max OS X 10.3.9
Description:        Foreign key referencing inherited table fails.

Some SQL statements says more then 1000 words :).

CREATE TABLE employees (
  nr serial PRIMARY KEY,
  name varchar(32)

CREATE TABLE managers (
  loves_meetings boolean DEFAULT TRUE NOT NULL
) INHERITS (employees);

  summoner integer NOT NULL REFERENCES employees (nr),
  at timestamp DEFAULT now() NOT NULL,
  reason text NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (summoner, at)

INSERT INTO employees (name) VALUES ('Bob');
INSERT INTO managers (name) VALUES ('Alice');

-- This makes an ugly assumption of nr starting at 1 and Alice having nr=2.

INSERT INTO events (summoner, reason) VALUES (2, 'Brag about

The last statement will fail with this error message:
ERROR:  insert or update on table "events" violates foreign key constraint
DETAIL:  Key (summoner)=(2) is not present in table "employees".

The foreign key from events (summoner) referencing employees (nr) can be
removed and replaced by triggers with ease. But I still think it is a bug,
and that foreign key references to tables that are inherited from should be
legal, even if referenced rows orginates from child tables.


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