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Re: Special table names

From: Michael Wood <esiotrot(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Marcin Krol <mrkafk(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Special table names
Date: 2010-02-26 14:59:22
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On 26 February 2010 15:35, Marcin Krol <mrkafk(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
> Michael Wood wrote:
>> In addition to what Andreas said, try "\dS" (and "\?").
> Thanks, that's useful -- but that still doesn't let me tell where 'user'
> table (view? alias?) comes from.
>> You should probably use "CREATE ROLE", "ALTER ROLE", "DROP ROLE" etc.
>> instead of manipulating pg_user directly.
> I have no intention to do that; I just created test db via ORM called
> SQLAlchemy, with table named 'user'.

It seems SQLAlchemy lied to you about creating the table, or perhaps
you did not check an error code or something.

blah=> create table user (id int);
ERROR:  syntax error at or near "user"
LINE 1: create table user (id int);

Note that it says "syntax error" and not "relation already exists".

> Then I drop into psql, do 'select * from user' to see what's in there and I
> don't see what I expected to see:
> ts=# \c ts;
> ts=# select * from user;
> Ā current_user
> --------------
> Ā postgres
> (1 row)
> So I'm wondering if there are other special table names I should avoid.

I suppose any function in the list Andreas pointed you at that don't
have parentheses.  Also anything called pg_something.  Not sure what

Michael Wood <esiotrot(at)gmail(dot)com>

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