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Retrieving multidimentional array-column using JDBC

From: Andreas Joseph Krogh <andreak(at)officenet(dot)no>
To: pgsql-jdbc(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Retrieving multidimentional array-column using JDBC
Date: 2010-03-09 23:39:14
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Hi all.

I have a query which returns a multidimentional array (2D) of varchar and I'm having problems retrieving the results using JDBC.

First, since PG doesn't support arrays of arrays, I've created a custom type:

create type text_array as (c TEXT[]);

Then I have the following schema:


    id integer primary key

    id integer primary key,
    p_id integer references pathway(id),
    element varchar

CREATE TABLE path_usage(
    foo_id integer references foo(id),
    pathway_id integer references pathway(id)


insert into pathway(id, p_id, element) values(1, null, 'path');
insert into pathway(id, p_id, element) values(2, 1, 'to');
insert into pathway(id, p_id, element) values(3, 2, 'first');
insert into pathway(id, p_id, element) values(4, 2, 'second');

insert into path_usage(foo_id, pathway_id) values(1, 3);
insert into path_usage(foo_id, pathway_id) values(1, 4);


I use this query to retrieve a list of all "foo"s with their (complete) paths:

SELECT, (SELECT array_agg(row(pathway_array)::text_array) FROM
    WITH RECURSIVE parent(level, id, p_id, element) AS(
  SELECT 1,, pw.p_id, pw.element
  SELECT rec.level + 1,, pw_.p_id, pw_.element 
    FROM pathway pw_, parent rec
   WHERE = rec.p_id
) SELECT element FROM parent ORDER BY level DESC
       ) AS pathway_array
  FROM pathway pw, path_usage pu
 WHERE pu.foo_id =
   AND pu.pathway_id =
 ORDER BY lower(pw.element) ASC
) x
) AS pathway_array
FROM foo act

This returns:

 id |                   pathway_array
  1 | {"(\"{path,to,first}\")","(\"{path,to,second}\")"}
(1 row)

No, so far all good, *but*, I now want to retrieve this "pathway_array" column using JDBC and getArray(). My code looks like:

Array qArray = rs.getArray("pathway_array");
Object o = qArray.getArray();

 throws Exception:
Caused by: org.postgresql.util.PSQLException: Method org.postgresql.jdbc4.Jdbc4Array.getArrayImpl(long,int,Map) is not yet implemented.
        at org.postgresql.Driver.notImplemented(

So - does anyone know how to retrieve such arrays using JDBC?
Anyone knows if there's another way of retrieving the array of arrays without using the "array_agg trick" using a custom-type?

Andreas Joseph Krogh <andreak(at)officenet(dot)no>
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