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Re: Composite UNIQUE across two tables?

From: "Dirk Jagdmann" <jagdmann(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: "Jamie Tufnell" <diesql(at)googlemail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-sql(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Composite UNIQUE across two tables?
Date: 2008-03-13 06:16:59
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>  > My advise would be to have two triggers for insert/update on the site
>  > and users table that check the uniqueness of the username with the
>  > site_group. A have made some tests with inserts and updates on the
>  > existing users and sites and these two functions seem to work.
>  I think this is the way that I'll go.  I'd hoped to somehow express this
>  solely in the design, if you know what i mean (e.g. without writing
>  SPs), but it looks like this is the best way to do it.

Well I thought about that, but finally came to the conclusion, that
standard SQL constraints can not express this inter-table
relationships. As I'm not a fan of (artificially) breaking up tables I
just wrote those two pl/pgsql functions, because I'd rather have a
simple table design and some complicated constraint checking functions
than the other way.

>  Thank you for your taking the time to write this up, it's very much
>  appreciated.

Most people reading this list like to think about/learn from other
people's problems.

---> Dirk Jagdmann

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