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Re: Re: Re: RANDOM function?

From: Einar Karttunen <ekarttun(at)cs(dot)Helsinki(dot)FI>
To: Neal Lindsay <neal(dot)lindsay(at)peaofohio(dot)com>
Cc: <pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Re: Re: RANDOM function?
Date: 2001-07-31 13:27:39
Message-ID: Pine.LNX.4.33.0107311621240.20135-100000@melkinpaasi.cs.Helsinki.FI (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-novice
On Tue, 31 Jul 2001, Neal Lindsay wrote:

> I think that what you want to do is create a trigger (or rule?) that pulls
> up your random number and then checks to see if it exists already.  I
> haven't used triggers yet, but it should not be too hard.  Also, what
> happens when you declare a column unique, and a function like random()
> tries to give it a non-unique number?
This can be accomplished very easily.

	col integer default (random()*2147483647) unique,
	col2 text

INSERT INTO tbl (col2) VALUES ('the value of col2');

the insert will fail if the number is not unique then just perform it

- Einar Karttunen

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