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Re: portable DBAPI auto-increment

From: Daniele Varrazzo <daniele(dot)varrazzo(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Mark Sienkiewicz <sienkiew(at)stsci(dot)edu>
Cc: psycopg(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: portable DBAPI auto-increment
Date: 2011-04-08 16:42:57
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On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 5:23 PM, Mark Sienkiewicz <sienkiew(at)stsci(dot)edu> wrote:

> That basic code could be the core of the UID generation.  It would also need
> to deal with possibly non-unique numbers after it wraps (in postgres, the
> value after 2147483647 is 1), but I probably have at least 5 years to figure
> that out.

This is plain wrong. Where did you get this idea?

piro=> create table testser (id serial);
NOTICE:  CREATE TABLE will create implicit sequence "testser_id_seq"
for serial column ""
piro=> alter SEQUENCE testser_id_seq restart with 2147483647;
piro=> insert into testser values (default) returning id;
(1 row)

piro=> insert into testser values (default) returning id;
ERROR:  integer out of range

> (For comparison, mysql uses an unsigned 64 bit value for auto increment and
> chokes when it runs out.  sqlite wraps, but it automatically finds a new key
> value that is not used.)

Please, read the fine manual: PostgreSQL has a 64 bit bigserial data type too.

-- Daniele

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