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Re: psql in bash scrpts, is possible ?

From: Lonni J Friedman <netllama(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Mariateresa L <mariateresa(dot)ll(at)bresciaonline(dot)it>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: psql in bash scrpts, is possible ?
Date: 2010-05-31 21:25:26
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On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Mariateresa L
<mariateresa(dot)ll(at)bresciaonline(dot)it> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I'm building a small newspaper informations aggregator around postgresql
> 8.3 and Ubuntu 9.10.
> Starting from a previous experience on Oracle DB, I've built and tested
> a bunch of functions, triggers, SQL scripts etc... that work flawlessly
> (almost !) when I submit them by hand in psql; now I want to pack
> everything in a nice shell script, with proper error control, automated
> file shuffling,  predefined queries in text files and so on, but I
> cannot convince psql that the SQL commands (select, insert or copy...)
> it has to handle come from a file.
> I can submit  ("\i filename" or "psql --file filename") files that
> contains commands, eg starting with "\" but psql does not understand the
> same sintax if tne file contains a simple "SELECT * FROM tablex".
> Am I uber-newbie or is this a known limitation of psql ? And, in this
> case, there is something to overcome this limit and afford my non-techie
> user to launch a simple command to print her data or to bulk update tables ?
> P.S. Initially I discarded the use of procedural languages (C or ...)
> for a quick and simpler solution !

This works fine for me.  Specifically what isn't working for you?  I
see no errors, or even the commands that you're issuing that are

L. Friedman                                    netllama(at)gmail(dot)com

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