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unhelpful error message

From: hubert depesz lubaczewski <depesz(at)depesz(dot)com>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: unhelpful error message
Date: 2009-06-18 10:21:22
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I tested it on 8.3.7 and on 8.4, but it doesn't seem to be version

steps to reproduce:

# create table sold_products (items int4, product_id int4);
# create table products (id int4, codename text);
# select sp.count, p.codename from sold_products sp join products p on sp.product_id =;

shown error:
ERROR:  column "p.codename" must appear in the GROUP BY clause or be used in an aggregate function
LINE 1: select sp.count, p.codename from sold_products sp join produ...

Now - the problem is that I "forgot" name of the column, thought it will be "count", but it's "items".

the error doesn't say that I used column that doesn't exist - it says something about grouping.

I know it is related to the fact that this works:

select sp.count from sold_products sp;

but i'm not sure if it this (rather obscure) functionality is really worth the trouble.

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