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Re: How to add constraints without validating data.

From: Nilesh Govindarajan <lists(at)itech7(dot)com>
To: Amit jain <amitjain(at)synechron(dot)com>
Cc: "pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org" <pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: How to add constraints without validating data.
Date: 2010-05-27 12:34:35
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On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 5:55 PM, Amit jain <amitjain(at)synechron(dot)com> wrote:
> Hi Gurus
> Is there any way in postgreSQL to apply constraints forcefully without
> checking/validating Data ? It should validate only those records which comes
> after constraints are applied.
> I need this help as data is already loaded in database but "ALTER TABLE" sql
> for adding CONSTRAINTS is taking enormous time.
> Thanks for ideas/suggestion in Advance !!
> --
> Regards,
> Amit Jain
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I don't think there's any method to do that. If you add a constraint
using ALTER TABLE it will check existing data also. One option is you
create a new table with the constraints and same column names then:

insert into newtable values ( select * from oldtable)

but again this will check for old data, but may be faster.

Nilesh Govindarajan
Twitter: nileshgr

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