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Re: Replacing IDENTITY with lastval()

From: Andreas <maps(dot)on(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: pgsql-odbc(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Replacing IDENTITY with lastval()
Date: 2007-05-05 16:47:28
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So - generally speaking - it is not advised to use lastval() at all?
At least not, if one is not 110% sure what happens in the application 
now and on later modifications of the client application.

Thats a pitty, as I have only known lastval() for about 15 minutes when 
I looked in the documentation for the sequence stuff.

On the other hand I ran today in troubles with sequences when I was 
doing a bit coding on a migration from MS-Access DAO + JET to DAO, ODBC 
+ PG.
With pure Access + DAO one can fetch the newly assigned AUTOVALUE by 
simply reading it out of the newly created record right after AddNew and 
before Update.

With ODBC + PG. as backend the SERIAL is undefined between AddNew and 
And the recordset points not to the new record after Update but to the 
first record in the recordset.
I had to use PG's CurrVal respectivly LastVal which would be easier 
without having to know the name of the sequence.

I'm happy that I read your post before using LastVal all over the 
place.   :)

Dmitry Samokhin schrieb:
> Accordind to the release notes, "Use lastval() function to replace IDENTITY on 8.1 or later servers" was introduced in release 8.2.0205. This may cause incorrect results: "<...> assumes that your database does not expect any triggers to fire when the INSERT is executed. If a trigger does fire and if that trigger adds another row to a table, the @@IDENTITY global variable would be set to point to that new Identity value—not the one your INSERT generated. <...> work for simple situations, but not when your database gets more sophisticated".
> See "Managing an @@IDENTITY Crisis" on MSDN ( for more details.
> The PostgreSQL documentation states that the lastval() function returns the value most recently returned by nextval in the current session. It works the same way as the @@IDENTITY variable in MSSQL. The currval(...) function returns a value of the explicitly specified sequence, this is exactly what we need.
> Please consider to revert the code.
> Regards,
> Dmitry.
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