Hi Louise,

Have you considered doing a SQL dump and import? Sounds easier to me
than writing a perl script ;)

-K

2011/4/8 Louise-Amélie Schmitt <louise-amelie.schm...@embl.de>:
> Le vendredi 08 avril 2011 à 11:12 -0400, Sean Davis a écrit :
>> 2011/4/8 Louise-Amélie Schmitt <louise-amelie.schm...@embl.de>:
>> > Hello everyone
>> >
>> > I just met a huge problem concerning the database. I'm currently trying
>> > to transfer my data from MySQL to PostgreSQL by writing a Perl script
>> > that would do the job.
>> >
>> > Here is the issue: In the "form_definition" table, one of the field
>> > identifiers is "desc", which is a reserved SQL keyword used for ordering
>> > values. Therefore, There's currently no way of making any query of the
>> > type "INSERT INTO table_name (<identifiers list>) VALUES (<values
>> > list>);" which is a big handicap in this context, since the order of the
>> > identifiers list we dynamically retrieve is not necessarily (and seldom)
>> > the right order.
>> >
>> > Is there a way to fix this issue without blowing everything up?
>>
>> You need to quote the identifiers.  A simple example using "desc" as a
>> column name:
>>
>> sdavis=# create table test_table(
>> id int,
>> desc varchar);
>> ERROR:  syntax error at or near "desc"
>> LINE 3: desc varchar);
>>         ^
>> sdavis=# create table test_table(
>> id int,
>> "desc" varchar);
>> CREATE TABLE
>>
>> Hope that helps.
>>
>> Sean
>
> Thanks, but I cheated by duplicating a little the information and it
> works fine. I use "insert into table values (...);".
>
> I still have problems transfering the data though. The script runs
> without growling but nothing is actually written in the target tables...
> I'll have to see that on monday now :/
>
> If I succeed, I'll let you know.
>
> Cheers,
> L-A
>
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