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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for select_into (redhat section 7)

SELECT INTO(7)				   SQL Commands 			   SELECT INTO(7)

NAME
       SELECT INTO - create a new table from the results of a query

SYNOPSIS
       SELECT [ ALL | DISTINCT [ ON ( expression [, ...] ) ] ]
	   * | expression [ AS output_name ] [, ...]
	   INTO [ TEMPORARY | TEMP ] [ TABLE ] new_table
	   [ FROM from_item [, ...] ]
	   [ WHERE condition ]
	   [ GROUP BY expression [, ...] ]
	   [ HAVING condition [, ...] ]
	   [ { UNION | INTERSECT | EXCEPT } [ ALL ] select ]
	   [ ORDER BY expression [ ASC | DESC | USING operator ] [, ...] ]
	   [ LIMIT { count | ALL } ]
	   [ OFFSET start ]
	   [ FOR UPDATE [ OF tablename [, ...] ] ]

   INPUTS
       TEMPORARY

       TEMP   If  specified,  the  table  is created as a temporary table.  Refer to CREATE TABLE
	      [create_table(7)] for details.

       new_table
	      The name (optionally schema-qualified) of the table to be created.

       All other inputs are described in detail for SELECT [select(7)].

   OUTPUTS
       Refer to CREATE TABLE [create_table(7)] and SELECT [select(7)] for a summary  of  possible
       output messages.

DESCRIPTION
       SELECT  INTO  creates  a new table and fills it with data computed by a query. The data is
       not returned to the client, as it is with a normal SELECT. The new  table's  columns  have
       the names and data types associated with the output columns of the SELECT.

	      Note:  CREATE  TABLE  AS	[create_table_as(7)] is functionally equivalent to SELECT
	      INTO.  CREATE TABLE AS is the recommended syntax, since SELECT INTO  is  not  stan-
	      dard.  In  fact,	this form of SELECT INTO is not available in PL/pgSQL or ecpg(1),
	      because they interpret the INTO clause differently.

COMPATIBILITY
       SQL92 uses SELECT ... INTO to represent selecting values into scalar variables of  a  host
       program,  rather than creating a new table. This indeed is the usage found in PL/pgSQL and
       ecpg(1).  The PostgreSQL usage of SELECT INTO to represent table creation  is  historical.
       It's  best  to  use  CREATE TABLE AS for this purpose in new code.  (CREATE TABLE AS isn't
       standard either, but it's less likely to cause confusion.)

SQL - Language Statements		    2002-11-22				   SELECT INTO(7)


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