Re: Duplicate key value error

From: "Dickson S(dot) Guedes" <listas(at)guedesoft(dot)net>
To: "Itagaki Takahiro" <itagaki(dot)takahiro(at)oss(dot)ntt(dot)co(dot)jp>, "Vlad Arkhipov" <arhipov(at)dc(dot)baikal(dot)ru>, "Tom Lane" <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Duplicate key value error
Date: 2009-07-17 16:25:25
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Em Fri, 03 Apr 2009 04:23:10 -0300, Itagaki Takahiro
<itagaki(dot)takahiro(at)oss(dot)ntt(dot)co(dot)jp> escreveu:
> Vlad Arkhipov <arhipov(at)dc(dot)baikal(dot)ru> wrote:
>> Is it possible to print which key value is duplicated when 'Duplicate
>> key value violates unique constraint' occurs? Foreign key violation
>> error reports such kind of information.
> I think it is not difficult from a technical standpoint.
> The attached patch adds DETAIL messages to duplicate key value error:
> postgres=# INSERT INTO tbl(pk1, pk2) VALUES ('A', 1);
> ERROR: duplicate key value violates unique constraint "tbl_pkey"
> DETAIL: Key (pk1,pk2)=(A,1) already exists.
> If no objection, I'd like to submit the patch to the next commit-fest
> (8.5).

Hi Takahiro, i'm the reviewer of your patch, and the following are my
comments about it:

The patch was applied totalty clean to CVS HEAD and compiled in Ubuntu
8.04, Ubuntu 8.10 and AIX 5.3, but failed in follow tests:


Would be good to modify the outputs to expect a new "DETAIL:" line.

Another comment is that the patch isn't in the standart context form, but

About the feature, it work as expected when I've INSERTed in both single
and compound-key or UPDATEd the key values to violates the constraint,
also in concurrently transactions. As expected too, when i INSERT or
UPDATE the key with a value thath overflow the 512 bytes i'm getting the
output as follow:

guedes=# INSERT INTO test_dup_char_key VALUES (repeat('x',1024), 'qq');
ERROR: duplicate key value violates unique constraint
DETALHE: Key (...)=(...) already exists.

I'm thinking if could be better to shows Key (my_key)=(...) instead Key
(...)=(...) -- well, i don't know how much people uses a key with more
512B and how often it is to they don't know wich key it is, (just reading
a log, for example) to we consider this important.

On the other hand there is a comment by Tom [1] about "to refactor this so
it's not btree-specific, but could be used by other index AMs", so could
be better trying to think about this in a way to find another alternative,
if it is possible.


Thanks for your patch!

Dickson S. Guedes

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