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From: "D(dot) Duccini" <duccini(at)backpack(dot)com>
To: Mike Castle <dalgoda(at)ix(dot)netcom(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: DESC
Date: 2000-11-22 19:01:10
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describe isn't really an SQL reserved AFAIK, its used in most "monitor"
applications, like sqlplus and pgsql

> On Wed, Nov 22, 2000 at 06:38:15PM +0100, Albert REINER wrote:
> > And if you start psql with option -E you will see the actual
> > SQL-queries used by \d.
> That's nifty.  I've read through all of the pgsql documentation before
> starting everything, but I think I'm suffering a bit from information
> overload.  I knew this information was somewhere, I just couldn't remember
> where.
> So, thanks to all who pointed me to \d.
> Ok then.  It looks to me like both "DESC" and "DESCRIBE" are SQL keywords.
> DESC apparently is meant for descending, so I'm guessing that Oracle's
> sqlplus usage of DESC is an extension.  Is that correct?
> If so, is "DESCRIBE" the ANSI command that should do what \d does or does
> it serve another purpose in ANSI?  (A pointer as to where to find this
> explicitly would be nice; will eventually purchase the standard myself).
> If DESCRIBE is supposed to do that, is there any reason that pgsql doesn't
> do that outside of "\d works, so no one has bothered to implement it."
> Thanks,
> mrc
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