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

SET(7)					   SQL Commands 				   SET(7)

       SET - change a run-time parameter

       SET [ SESSION | LOCAL ] variable { TO | = } { value | 'value' | DEFAULT }
       SET [ SESSION | LOCAL ] TIME ZONE { timezone | LOCAL | DEFAULT }

	      Specifies  that  the  command  takes  effect for the current session.  (This is the
	      default if neither SESSION nor LOCAL appears.)

       LOCAL  Specifies that the command takes effect for only	the  current  transaction.  After
	      COMMIT  or  ROLLBACK,  the  session-level setting takes effect again. Note that SET
	      LOCAL will appear to have no effect if it's executed outside a BEGIN  block,  since
	      the transaction will end immediately.

	      A settable run-time parameter.

       value  New  value  of parameter. DEFAULT can be used to specify resetting the parameter to
	      its default value. Lists of strings are allowed, but more  complex  constructs  may
	      need to be single or double quoted.

       The SET command changes run-time configuration parameters. Many of the run-time parameters
       listed in the Administrator's Guide can be changed on-the-fly with SET. (But some  require
       superuser  privileges  to  change,  and	others	cannot be changed after server or session
       start.)	Note that SET only affects the value used by the current session.

       If SET or SET SESSION is issued within a transaction that is later aborted, the effects of
       the SET command disappear when the transaction is rolled back. (This behavior represents a
       change from PostgreSQL versions prior to 7.3, where the effects of SET would not roll back
       after a later error.) Once the surrounding transaction is committed, the effects will per-
       sist until the end of the session, unless overridden by another SET.

       The effects of SET LOCAL last only till the end of the current transaction,  whether  com-
       mitted  or  not.  A special case is SET followed by SET LOCAL within a single transaction:
       the SET LOCAL value will be seen until the end of the transaction, but afterwards (if  the
       transaction is committed) the SET value will take effect.

       Even with autocommit set to off, SET does not start a new transaction block. See the auto-
       commit section of the Administrator's Guide for details.

       Here are additional details about a few of the parameters that can be set:

	      Choose the date/time representation style. Two separate settings are involved:  the
	      default date/time output and the interpretation of ambiguous input.

	      The following are date/time output styles:

	      ISO    Use  ISO  8601-style  dates  and  times  (YYYY-MM-DD  HH:MM:SS). This is the

	      SQL    Use Oracle/Ingres-style dates and times. Note that this style has nothing to
		     do  with SQL (which mandates ISO 8601 style), the naming of this option is a
		     historical accident.

		     Use traditional PostgreSQL format.

	      German Use dd.mm.yyyy for numeric date representations.

       The following two options determine both a substyle of the ``SQL'' and ``PostgreSQL'' out-
       put formats and the preferred interpretation of ambiguous date input.

		     Use dd/mm/yyyy for numeric date representations.


	      US     Use mm/dd/yyyy for numeric date representations.

       A  value for SET DATESTYLE can be one from the first list (output styles), or one from the
       second list (substyles), or one from each separated by a comma.

       SET DATESTYLE affects interpretation of input and provides several  standard  output  for-
       mats.  For applications needing different variations or tighter control over input or out-
       put, consider using the to_char family of functions.

       There are several now-deprecated means for setting the date style in addition to the  nor-
       mal methods of setting it via SET or a configuration-file entry:

       Setting the postmaster's PGDATESTYLE environment variable. (This will be overridden by any
       of the other methods.)

       Running postmaster using the option -o -e to set dates to the European convention.   (This
       overrides environment variables and configuration-file entries.)

       Setting the client's PGDATESTYLE environment variable.  If PGDATESTYLE is set in the fron-
       tend environment of a client based on libpq, libpq will automatically set DATESTYLE to the
       value  of  PGDATESTYLE during connection start-up. This is equivalent to a manually issued

       NAMES  SET NAMES is an alias for SET CLIENT_ENCODING.

       SEED   Sets the internal seed for the random number generator.

	      value  The value for the seed to be used by the random function. Allowed values are
		     floating-point numbers between 0 and 1, which are then multiplied by 231-1.

       The seed can also be set by invoking the setseed SQL function:

       SELECT setseed(value);

	      Shows  the server-side multibyte encoding. (At present, this parameter can be shown
	      but not set, because the encoding is determined at initdb time.)

       TIME ZONE

	      Sets the default time zone for your session. Arguments can be an SQL time  interval
	      constant,  an integer or double precision constant, or a string representing a time
	      zone name recognized by the host operating system.

	      Here are some typical values for time zone settings:

		     Set the time zone for Berkeley, California.

		     Set the time zone for Portugal.

		     Set the time zone for Italy.

	      7      Set the time zone to 7 hours offset west from GMT (equivalent to PDT).

		     Set the time zone to 8 hours offset west from GMT (equivalent to PST).


		     Set the time zone to your local time zone (the one that your operating  sys-
		     tem defaults to).

       The  available  time  zone  names  depend  on your operating system. For example, on Linux
       /usr/share/zoneinfo contains the database of time zones; the names of the  files  in  that
       directory can be used as parameters to this command.

       If an invalid time zone is specified, the time zone becomes GMT (on most systems anyway).

       If  the	PGTZ environment variable is set in the frontend environment of a client based on
       libpq, libpq will automatically SET TIMEZONE to the value of PGTZ during connection start-

       Use SHOW [show(7)] to show the current setting of a parameter.

       SET    Message returned if successful.

       ERROR: 'name is not a
	      The parameter you tried to set does not exist.

       ERROR: 'name':
	      You must be a superuser to alter certain settings.

       ERROR: 'name' cannot
	      Some parameters are fixed once the server is started.

       Set the style of date to traditional PostgreSQL with European conventions:

       SET DATESTYLE TO PostgreSQL,European;

       Set  the time zone for Berkeley, California, using quotes to preserve the uppercase spell-
       ing of the time zone name (note that the date style is PostgreSQL for this example):

	Tue Feb 26 07:32:21.42834 2002 PST

       Set the time zone for Italy (note the required single quotes to handle the special charac-

       SET TIME ZONE 'Europe/Rome';

	2002-10-08 05:39:35.008271+02

       SET TIME ZONE extends syntax defined in SQL9x. SQL9x allows only numeric time zone offsets
       while PostgreSQL allows full time zone specifier strings as well. All other  SET  features
       are PostgreSQL extensions.

       The function set_config provides the equivalent capability. See Miscellaneous Functions in
       the PostgreSQL User's Guide.

SQL - Language Statements		    2002-11-22					   SET(7)

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