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Re: Copy command not writing complete data to text file

From: Michael Fuhr <mike(at)fuhr(dot)org>
To: Kevin Keith <kevinrkeith(at)hotmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Copy command not writing complete data to text file
Date: 2005-09-22 23:56:54
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On Thu, Sep 22, 2005 at 11:49:24AM -0500, Kevin Keith wrote:
> It is a CGI (shell) script that is calling a C program. I found the issue - 
> which was external to Postgres.

So what was it?  Even if it wasn't a PostgreSQL problem it might
be educational to learn what happened.

> I still have one remaining question - if the COPY to FILE command fails, 
> does it return an error? If the program uses:
> int i;
> i = PQexec("copy from <<table_name>> to <<fully_qualified_file_name>>");
> and the table has (for example) 500 records, but only 350 were copied to 
> the file, what is returned in i?

PQexec() returns a PGresult *, not an int.  You can pass that PGresult *
to PQresultStatus() to find out the command's status; if the command
failed you can pass the PGresult * to PQresultErrorMessage() to get
a descriptive error message.  See the libpq documentation for more

On success, COPY returns a result status of PGRES_COMMAND_OK; I'd
expect it to return something else if it failed.  For example, if
the disk is full then COPY fails with PGRES_FATAL_ERROR.  If you
have a case where COPY reports success but writes an incomplete
file then please post the code -- that way we can see if the bug
is in your code or in PostgreSQL.

Michael Fuhr

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