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Re: Switching from MySQL -- Missing DESCRIBE table, SHOW

From: Michael Glaesemann <grzm(at)myrealbox(dot)com>
To: Gan Uesli Starling <alias(at)starling(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Switching from MySQL -- Missing DESCRIBE table, SHOW
Date: 2005-10-16 23:56:16
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On Oct 17, 2005, at 8:31 , Gan Uesli Starling wrote:

> I wrote:
>> But alas, two of the most useful commands appear to be missing:
>> DESCRIBE table
>> Inasmuch as my prototyping DB is on my NetBSD server at home while  
>> my data waiting to be 'based is at work...such that I have to  
>> connect via Perl/DBI and XML-RPC (not psql, alas).
> Sorry to be over-verbose. The stress is on remote access via Perl/DBI
> and XML-RPC. Those are my ONLY available routes. I do NOT have psql at
> work...which is the problem.
> I have to submit ordinary SQL queries. In MySQL they had such queries,
> namely the two stated above.

If you read Oliver's response again, you'll see that he gave you a  
method to do this, namely, using the SQL-standard Information Schema.  
For more information on using the Information Schema in PostgreSQL, see

An advantage of using the Information Schema is that it is SQL- 
standard, and should be portable to databases that support this  
aspect of the standard, rather than vendor-specific commands such as  

Hope this helps.

Michael Glaesemann
grzm myrealbox com

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