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PostgreSQL 9 Administration Cookbook - Second Edition by Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli, Hannu Krosing, Gabriele Bartolini

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Enforcing the same name and definition for columns

Sensibly designed databases have smooth, easy-to-understand definitions. This allows all users to understand the meaning of data in each table. It is an important way of removing data quality issues.

Getting ready

If you want to run the queries in this recipe as a test, then use the following examples. Alternatively, you can just check for problems in your own database:

CREATE SCHEMA s1;
CREATE SCHEMA s2;
CREATE TABLE s1.X
(col1 smalliER
,col2 TEXT);
CREATE TABLE s2.X
(col1 smallint
,col3 NUMERIC);

How to do it…

First, we will show you how to identify columns that are defined in different ways in different tables, using a query against the catalog. We use an Information Schema query, as follows: ...

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