On Wed, 24 Jan 2007, Sorin Schwimmer wrote:

> Dear Developers,
> I would like to suggest the inclusion of an extension
> in PostgreSQL. There are instances, I found, when one
> needs to INSERT several times the same record in a
> table. The front-end application can do it easy in a
> loop of a sort, but on remote servers (and that's the
> norm these days) it creates unnecessary network
> traffic.
> My suggestion is to allow INSERT to do it REPEAT x.
> This should allow, in my view, the followings:
> a) INSERT INTO my_table (field1, field2, field3)
>    VALUES (value1, value2, value3) REPEAT 5;

postgres=# create table baz (i int, j text);
postgres=# insert into baz (i, j) select 1, 'hello' from
generate_series(1, 5);
postgres=# select * from baz;
 i |   j
 1 | hello
 1 | hello
 1 | hello
 1 | hello
 1 | hello
(5 rows)

> b) INSERT INTO my_table (field1, field2, field3)
>    VALUES (x, value2/x, value3) REPEAT (x=3);
> should insert the followings:
> 1, value2, value3
> 2, value2/2, value3
> 3, value2/3, value3

Yuk! Besides, it can be done similarly to the above.

> This suggestion comes for a practical project that I
> have.

Well, the good thing is, you can use generate_series() now! :-)



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