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How to change primary key in a table

From: Rikard Bosnjakovic <rikard(dot)bosnjakovic(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: How to change primary key in a table
Date: 2009-11-12 11:53:25
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I have the following table:

CREATE TABLE penalty_codes (
	penalty_code varchar(10),
	penalty_name varchar(32),
	penalty_name_sv varchar(40),
	penalty_id serial PRIMARY KEY

which I have been using for a year or two. Today I realized that the
id-column being a primary key is really not useful, while the
code-column is instead. Three other tables refer on the id-values so
the column can certainly not be dropped, but is it possible to change
the primary key to the code-column without breaking things?

I tried this:

SQL error:
ERROR:  cannot drop constraint penalty_codes_pkey on table
penalty_codes because other objects depend on it
HINT:  Use DROP ... CASCADE to drop the dependent objects too.

In statement:
ALTER TABLE "penalty_codes" DROP CONSTRAINT "penalty_codes_pkey"

I'm aware of what CASCADE does when you drop a table for instance, but
I have no idea what happens if you cascade drop a primary key.

How can I switch the primary keys in this table? Is it possible?

- Rikard


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