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Re: Collation and Case Insensitivity

From: Susanne Ebrecht <susanne(at)2ndQuadrant(dot)com>
To: Phillip Smith <phillip(at)softworks(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Collation and Case Insensitivity
Date: 2011-01-14 14:20:48
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Hello Phillip,

On 13.01.2011 15:33, Phillip Smith wrote:
> 1. Put keys on natural key fields, for instance a product part number. I product number 'ABC123' inserted i need to disallow 'abc123' to be inserted as a second row. Please don't tell me i have to add another column holding a lowered version of the product number. My database is littered with this need and i would end up bloating my table schema.

All roads lead to Rome.

You either can do:
INSERT INTO tab(col,...) VALUES(UPPER(value),....);
INSERT INTO tab(col,...) VALUES(LOWER(value),...);

To make sure that only upper or lower values will get inserted.

The other way is that you use an UPPER or LOWER UNIQUE index:
DROP your UNIQUE index for the column and create a new one:

or even by using UPPER:

> 2.  I need to query case insensitively. SELECT * FROM product WHERE product_number = 'ABC123' should return the same row as SELECT * FROM product WHERE product_number = 'abc123'

SELECT * FROM product WHERE UPPER(product_number) = UPPER('ABC123');


SELECT * FROM product WHERE LOWER(product_number) = LOWER('ABC123');

> Is there a database wide collation setting i can make.

PostgreSQL  is using libc for localisation/globalisation.
For collation it is LC_COLLATE.
It will be set up during initdb.

Best Regards,


Susanne Ebrecht - 2ndQuadrant
PostgreSQL Development, 24x7 Support, Training and Services

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