On 19th of November 2019, Thomas Munro committed patch:
Allow invisible PROMPT2 in psql.
Keep track of the visible width of PROMPT1, and provide %w as a way
for PROMPT2 to generate the same number of spaces.
Author: Thomas Munro, with ideas from others
Continue reading Waiting for PostgreSQL 13 – Allow invisible PROMPT2 in psql.
On 26th of November 2018, Tom Lane committed patch:
Add CSV table output mode in psql.
"\pset format csv", or --csv, selects comma-separated values table format.
This is compliant with RFC 4180, except that we aren't too picky about
whether the record separator is LF or CRLF; also, the user may choose a
field separator other than comma.
This output format is directly compatible with the server's COPY CSV
format, and will also be useful as input to other programs. It's
considerably safer for that purpose than the old recommendation to
use "unaligned" format, since the latter couldn't handle data
containing the field separator character.
Daniel Vérité, reviewed by Fabien Coelho and David Fetter, some
tweaking by me
Continue reading Waiting for PostgreSQL 12 – Add CSV table output mode in psql.
On 12nd of September 2017, Tom Lane committed patch:
Add psql variables to track success/failure of SQL queries.
This patch adds ERROR, SQLSTATE, and ROW_COUNT, which are updated after
every query, as well as LAST_ERROR_MESSAGE and LAST_ERROR_SQLSTATE,
which are updated only when a query fails. The expected usage of these
is for scripting.
Fabien Coelho, reviewed by Pavel Stehule
Continue reading Waiting for PostgreSQL 11 – Add psql variables to track success/failure of SQL queries.
On 5th of September 2017, Tom Lane committed patch:
Add \gdesc psql command.
This command acts somewhat like \g, but instead of executing the query
buffer, it merely prints a description of the columns that the query
result would have. (Of course, this still requires parsing the query;
if parse analysis fails, you get an error anyway.) We accomplish this
using an unnamed prepared statement, which should be invisible to psql
Pavel Stehule, reviewed by Fabien Coelho
Continue reading Waiting for PostgreSQL 11 – Add \gdesc psql command.
On 30th of March 2017, Tom Lane committed patch:
Support \if ... \elif ... \else ... \endif in psql scripting.
This patch adds nestable conditional blocks to psql. The control
structure feature per se is complete, but the boolean expressions
understood by \if and \elif are pretty primitive; basically, after
variable substitution and backtick expansion, the result has to be
"true" or "false" or one of the other standard spellings of a boolean
value. But that's enough for many purposes, since you can always
do the heavy lifting on the server side; and we can extend it later.
Along the way, pay down some of the technical debt that had built up
* Refactor exec_command() into a function per command, instead of
being a 1500-line monstrosity. This makes the file noticeably longer
because of repetitive function header/trailer overhead, but it seems
much more readable.
* Teach psql_get_variable() and psqlscanslash.l to suppress variable
substitution and backtick expansion on the basis of the conditional
stack state, thereby allowing removal of the OT_NO_EVAL kluge.
* Fix the no-doubt-once-expedient hack of sometimes silently substituting
mainloop.c's previous_buf for query_buf when calling HandleSlashCmds.
(It's a bit remarkable that commands like \r worked at all with that.)
Recall of a previous query is now done explicitly in the slash commands
where that should happen.
Corey Huinker, reviewed by Fabien Coelho, further hacking by me
Continue reading Waiting for PostgreSQL 10 – Support \if … \elif … \else … \endif in psql scripting.
On 7th of March, Stephen Frost committed patch:
psql: Add \gx command
It can often be useful to use expanded mode output (\x) for just a
single query. Introduce a \gx which acts exactly like \g except that it
will force expanded output mode for that one \gx call. This is simpler
than having to use \x as a toggle and also means that the user doesn't
have to worry about the current state of the expanded variable, or
resetting it later, to ensure a given query is always returned in
Primairly Christoph's patch, though I did tweak the documentation and help
text a bit, and re-indented the tab completion section.
Author: Christoph Berg
Reviewed By: Daniel Verite
Discussion: <a href="https://postgr.es/m/20170127132737.6skslelaf4txs6iw%40msg.credativ.de">https://www.postgresql.org/message-id/20170127132737.6skslelaf4txs6iw%40msg.credativ.de
Continue reading Waiting for PostgreSQL 10 – psql: Add \gx command
Lately at least two people on irc asked questions similar to “how do I know how many queries there are in database, per second?“.
So, let's see what we can find out.
Continue reading What's happening in my database?
On 8th of April, Alvaro Herrera committed patch:
Support \crosstabview in psql
\crosstabview is a completely different way to display results from a
query: instead of a vertical display of rows, the data values are placed
in a grid where the column and row headers come from the data itself,
similar to a spreadsheet.
The sort order of the horizontal header can be specified by using
another column in the query, and the vertical header determines its
ordering from the order in which they appear in the query.
This only allows displaying a single value in each cell. If more than
one value correspond to the same cell, an error is thrown. Merging of
values can be done in the query itself, if necessary. This may be
revisited in the future.
Author: Daniel Verité
<span class="signoff">Reviewed-by: Pavel Stehule, Dean Rasheed</span>
Continue reading Waiting for 9.6 – Support \crosstabview in psql
On 4th of April, Tom Lane committed patch:
Add a \gexec command to psql for evaluation of computed queries.
\gexec executes the just-entered query, like \g, but instead of printing
the results it takes each field as a SQL command to send to the server.
Computing a series of queries to be executed is a fairly common thing,
but up to now you always had to resort to kluges like writing the queries
to a file and then inputting the file. Now it can be done with no
The implementation is fairly straightforward except for its interaction
with FETCH_COUNT. ExecQueryUsingCursor isn't capable of being called
recursively, and even if it were, its need to create a transaction
block interferes unpleasantly with the desired behavior of \gexec after
a failure of a generated query (i.e., that it can continue). Therefore,
disable use of ExecQueryUsingCursor when doing the master \gexec query.
We can still apply it to individual generated queries, however, and there
might be some value in doing so.
While testing this feature's interaction with single-step mode, I (tgl) was
led to conclude that SendQuery needs to recognize SIGINT (cancel_pressed)
as a negative response to the single-step prompt. Perhaps that's a
back-patchable bug fix, but for now I just included it here.
Corey Huinker, reviewed by Jim Nasby, Daniel Vérité, and myself
Continue reading Waiting for 9.6 – Add a \gexec command to psql for evaluation of computed queries.
On 8th of December, Robert Haas committed patch:
psql: Support multiple -c and -f options, and allow mixing them.
To support this, we must reconcile some historical anomalies in the
behavior of -c. In particular, as a backward-incompatibility, -c no
longer implies --no-psqlrc.
Pavel Stehule (code) and Catalin Iacob (documentation). Review by
Michael Paquier and myself. Proposed behavior per Tom Lane.
Continue reading Waiting for 9.6 – psql: Support multiple -c and -f options, and allow mixing them.