Waiting for PostgreSQL 12 – Add pg_promote function

On 25th of October 2018, Michael Paquier committed patch:

Add pg_promote function
This function is able to promote a standby with this new SQL-callable
function.  Execution access can be granted to non-superusers so that
failover tools can observe the principle of least privilege.
Catalog version is bumped.
Author: Laurenz Albe
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/.camel@cybertec.at

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paste.depesz.com is no more

Some time ago I wrote a site to paste SQL queries with reformatting/pretty-printing using pgFormatter library.

Today, I figured out that I should update the library since it has quite some changes recently, so it would be good to incorporate its fixes to paste site.

Unfortunately – new version is not backward compatible, and I currently have no time to figure out what has changed and how to work around it.

So – until I will have time to work on it, paste.depesz.com is no longer working. Sorry.


Some time ago I was looking (warning: post in polish) for someone to teach me proper parsing.

One of really great polish Perl programmers – Dozzie – reached out, and helped me. By the way – thanks a lot, Dozzie.

Based on what he taught me, I started writing module for parsing SQL queries. By that I mean proper parsing, with grammar (using Parse::Eyapp), and not set of regular expressions.

My parser is not ready. To say it lightly. Very lightly.

For now, it just knows how to parse the simplest queries like:

  • select 1;
  • select ‘a' as b;

I am working very slowly on it, so don't expect any usable version in any defined future. I will get there, eventually, but it is a project that I work on in my free time, after I finish everything else that I could work on in given moment.

This post is intended to announce that I'm working on it (so I will have kind of obligation to do it). And, if anyone is interested – I more than welcome all contributors/reviewers, and perhaps even critics 🙂

Final note – if you'll review the code, and want to comment on ugly list of regexps in Lexer – I know. It will be eventually replaced by one regular expression, but since it will be regular expression built by Regexp::Optimizer – it will not really be readable (though it will be faster than current approach).

Grouping data into time ranges

Today some guy on IRC asked question, which I didn't fully understand, but which could (probably) be summarized: how to group data into 5 minute intervals, based on some timestamp column.

Well, it seems trivial (as long as you know how to do it), but since he clearly didn't know how to do it (or I misunderstood his problem), here's the explanation:

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Waiting for 8.5 – DO

On 22nd of September, Tom Lane committed a patch by Petr Jelinek:

Log Message:
Implement the DO statement TO support execution OF PL code WITHOUT HAVING
PROCEDURAL languages now have an additional entry point, namely a FUNCTION
TO EXECUTE an inline code block.  This seemed a better design than trying
TO hide the transient-ness OF the code FROM the PL.  AS OF this patch, ONLY
plpgsql has an inline handler, but probably people will soon WRITE handlers
FOR the other standard PLs.
IN passing, remove the long-dead LANCOMPILER OPTION OF CREATE LANGUAGE.
Petr Jelinek

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Getting session variables without touching postgresql.conf

This post has been updated with new code that uses temporary table – the code is at the end of post!

There was this question on Stack Overflow.

For future reference: guy asked how to do session variables – i.e. something he could define once in session, and later reuse in standard sql queries – without modifying postgresql.conf – so usage of custom_variable_classes is forbidden 🙂

While I don't actually see why somebody would want to avoid modifying its postgresql.conf (short of “it's shared hosting and I don't have superuser privileges"), I thought that it will be rather simple, and at the same time, rather interesting.

So, let's do it:

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