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psql variable from query result

From: Gabor Szokoli <szocske(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: psql variable from query result
Date: 2009-08-27 14:28:32
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I am looking for a way to store the result of a server-side SQL query in a
psql client side variable, so I can use the value in other psql commands.
The simplest workaround I could think up requires a unique temporary file:

SELECT oid_field FROM someTable  \g(:tempfile)
\set var `cat :tempfile`
\lo_export :var :destination

What I really want to do is to extract a file from a bash script on the
client side, but the OID must be looked up with a query first.
Is there any better way?

I even tried this, but did not work:

INSERT INTO tempTable (SELECT oid_field FROM someTable);

I guess the documentation should say LASTOID contains the oid of the last
large object inserted via /lo_insert.

I can of course just invoke psql twice or via expect, but I can't believe
I'm the first who tries to do this..

Any ideas apprechiated!

Gabor Szokoli

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