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BUG #6527: Error in COPY documentation syntax

From: samuel(dot)gilbert(at)ec(dot)gc(dot)ca
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: BUG #6527: Error in COPY documentation syntax
Date: 2012-03-12 19:34:20
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The following bug has been logged on the website:

Bug reference:      6527
Logged by:          Samuel Gilbert
Email address:      samuel(dot)gilbert(at)ec(dot)gc(dot)ca
PostgreSQL version: 9.0.4
Operating system:   Linux

There is an error in the syntax of the COPY statement in the documentation
for versions 9.0.x and 9.1.x.  I tested on 9.0.4 and 9.1.3.

According to the documentation, given the table exists and is compatible
with the CSV file, the following statement should work :

COPY improve_station FROM '/local/improve.csv' FORMAT CSV HEADER TRUE;

However, it doesn't work.  Instead I get the following error :

ERROR:  syntax error at or near "FORMAT"
LINE 1: ...ns FROM '/local/improve.csv' FORMAT CSV...

After trying a few trials and errors, I managed to find that ommiting FORMAT
gave me another error instead :

COPY improve_stations FROM '/local/improve.csv' CSV HEADER TRUE;
ERROR:  syntax error at or near "TRUE"
LINE 1: ...M '/local/improve.csv' CSV HEADER TRUE;

Removing the boolean value (TRUE) actually works.  This means that there are
at least two errors in the syntax specification in the documentation.
Instead of "FORMAT format_name", it should be "[ TEXT | CSV | BINARY ]" and
"HEADER [ boolean ]" should be "[ HEADER ]".


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