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How to retrieve the serial number of an INSERT?

From: Daniel Whelan <merlin(at)ophelan(dot)com>
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: How to retrieve the serial number of an INSERT?
Date: 2004-04-28 02:09:26
Message-ID: 216854109.1083103766@[] (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-novice
I have the following scenario, and I'm sure many others have wished to do 
something similar. I perform an insert into a table where one field is a 
SERIAL. I wish to perform several other inserts (on other tables) that will 
reference the first record based on its SERIAL field. In the application, I 
wish to name a file based on the SERIAL (I don't wish for postgres to name 
the file for me, I would just like to get at the number).

The specific table is listed below. To recap, I wish to perform an insert 
and also receive the 'id' field value back. Is there any way for me to do 
this, or is there a better technique for achieving what I wish to do? 


    id serial NOT NULL,
    parent_id integer NOT NULL,
    photographer_id integer NOT NULL,
    title character varying,
    description character varying


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