Deleting rows from a table and inserting into another table in one query

It is relatively easy to insert rows from one table that match a certain condition into another table, e.g.:
INSERT INTO table2 (col1, col2) SELECT mycol99 as col1, col2 FROM table1 WHERE id < 1000 AND col2 IS NOT NULL;

This inserts rows from table1 that match the SQL condition id < 1000 AND col2 IS NOT NULL into table2. It uses the column mycol99 from table1 as the value for col1 (in table2) and col2 as col2.

Sometimes you want to ‚move‘ the rows from one table to another, i.e. INSERT some rows into table2, then delete them from table1. This can be done with:

INSERT INTO table2 (col1, col2) SELECT mycol99 as col1, col2 FROM table1 WHERE id < 1000 AND col2 IS NOT NULL; DELETE FROM table1 WHERE id < 1000 AND col2 IS NOT NULL;

This will work, and if you run it all within a transaction, it will be consistant (I think). However it’s not æstheically pleasing. You are doing things in 2 statements, when you only conceptially mean to do one action. It breaks „Don’t Repeat Yourself“ (DRY), the WHERE condition is repeated. If you want to change the WHERE condition, you have to do it in 2 places.

Luckily, as of PostgreSQL 9, you can do this all in one statement:

WITH output AS ( delete from table1 where id < 1000 AND col2 IS NOT NULL RETURNING mycol99 as col1, col2) INSERT INTO table2 (col1, col2) SELECT col1, col2 FROM output;"


Installing PostgreSQL 9.4 in CentOS 7/6.5/6.4


PostgreSQL is a powerful, open-source object-relational database system. It runs under all major operating systems, including Linux, UNIX (AIX, BSD, HP-UX, SGI IRIX, Mac OS, Solaris, Tru64), and Windows OS.

PostgreSQL 9.4 has been released last week with major enhancements, fixes, and features. Read what is new in PostgreSQL 9.4 here.

In this handy tutorial, let us see how to install PostgreSQL 9.4 on CentOS 7/6.5/6.4 server.

Install PostgreSQL

Go to the PostgreSQL repository download page, and add the PostgreSQL 9.4 repository depending upon your server architecture.

For CentOS 6.x 32bit:
rpm -Uvh
For CentOS 6.x 64bit:
rpm -Uvh
For CentOS 7 64bit:
rpm -Uvh

Update the repository list using command:

yum update

Now, Install postgresql with the following command:

yum install postgresql94-server postgresql94-contrib

Initialize postgresql database using following command:

On CentOS 6.x systems:
service postgresql-9.4 initdb
On CentOS 7 systems:
/usr/pgsql-9.4/bin/postgresql94-setup initdb

Then, start postgresql service and make it to start automatically on every reboot.

On CentOS 6.x systems:
service postgresql-9.4 start
chkconfig postgresql-9.4 on
On CentOS 7 systems:
systemctl enable postgresql-9.4
systemctl start postgresql-9.4

Adjust Iptables/Firewall

Next, adjust iptables to access postgresql from remote systems.

On CentOS 6.x systems:
vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables

Add the following line:

-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 5432 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT

Save and exit the file. Restart iptables service.

service iptables restart
On CentOS 7 systems:
firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=5432/tcp
firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=80/tcp
firewall-cmd --reload

Adjust SELinux

Run the following command to make PostgreSQL work if SELinux enabled on your system.

setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect_db 1

You may not login to PostegreSQL if you didn’t run the above command.

Access PostgreSQL command prompt

The default database name and database user are “postgres”. Switch to postgres user to perform postgresql related operations:

su - postgres

To login to postgresql, enter the command:


Sample Output:

psql (9.4.0)
Type "help" for help.

To exit from posgresql prompt, type \q following by quit to return back to the Terminal.

Set “postgres” user password

Login to postgresql prompt,

su - postgres

.. and set postgres password with following command:

postgres=# \password postgres 
Enter new password: 
Enter it again: 
postgres=# \q

To install PostgreSQL Adminpack, enter the command in postgresql prompt:

postgres=# CREATE EXTENSION adminpack;

Create New User and Database

For example, let us create a new user called “senthil” with password “centos”, and database called “mydb”.

Switch to postgres user:

su - postgres

Create user senthil.

$ createuser senthil

Create database:

$ createdb mydb

Now, login to the psql prompt, and set password and Grant access to the database mydb for senthil:

$ psql
psql (9.4.0)
Type "help" for help.
postgres=# alter user senthil with encrypted password 'centos';
postgres=# grant all privileges on database mydb to senthil;

Delete Users and Databases

To delete the database, switch to postgres user:

su - postgres

Enter command:

$ dropdb <database-name>

To delete a user, enter the following command:

$ dropuser <user-name>

Configure PostgreSQL-MD5 Authentication

MD5 authentication requires the client to supply an MD5-encrypted password for authentication. To do that, edit /var/lib/pgsql/9.4/data/pg_hba.conf file:

vi /var/lib/pgsql/9.4/data/pg_hba.conf

Add or Modify the lines as shown below

# TYPE  DATABASE        USER            ADDRESS                 METHOD
# "local" is for Unix domain socket connections only
local   all             all                                     md5
# IPv4 local connections:
host    all             all               md5
host    all             all             md5
# IPv6 local connections:
host    all             all             ::1/128                 md5

OR simply add 

host    all             all                    md5

Restart postgresql service to apply the changes:

On CentOS 6.x systems:
service postgresql-9.4 restart
On CentOS 7 systems:
systemctl restart postgresql-9.4

Configure PostgreSQL-Configure TCP/IP

By default, TCP/IP connection is disabled, so that the users from another computers can’t access postgresql. To allow to connect users from another computers, Edit file /var/lib/pgsql/9.4/data/postgresql.conf:

vi /var/lib/pgsql/9.4/data/postgresql.conf

Find the lines:

#listen_addresses = 'localhost'
#port = 5432

Uncomment both lines, and set the IP address of your postgresql server or set ‘*’ to listen from all clients as shown below:

listen_addresses = '*'
port = 5432

Restart postgresql service to save changes:

On CentOS 6.x systems:
/etc/init.d/postgresql-9.4 restart
On CentOS 7 systems:
systemctl restart postgresql-9.4