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Re: two foreign keys

From: "Josh Berkus" <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
To: Brian <Brrrian(at)Excite(dot)com>, pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: two foreign keys
Date: 2002-02-16 22:16:19
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> I have a table that has two foreign keys to the same table.
> - operator_id_start
> - operator_id_stop
> Both point to the operator table.
> When displaying the row from the table how do I join so that I can
>  have both Operator table details available?

Aha!  I love the classic novice questions.  So much easier than "I
 can't get Perl::SSElay to connect with Pgsql>"

The bit of SQL knowledge you're missing is called "table aliasing."
  This is where you give a table a different name in the query than its
 real name.  Aliasing allows you to refer to the same table more than
 once in a query.

So, to answer your question, making up quite a bit of detail about your
 tables that I don't have:

SELECT session_id, session_name, op_start.operator_name,
FROM sessions
   JOIN operators op_start ON sessions.operator_start_id =
   JOIN operators op_end ON sessions.operator_end_id =

Got it?  Now go buy yourself a copy of "SQL Queries for Mere Mortals."

-Josh Berkus

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