[BUGS] BUG #1688: inheritance and foreign key creation problem

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[BUGS] BUG #1688: inheritance and foreign key creation problem

wrobell

The following bug has been logged online:

Bug reference:      1688
Logged by:          
Email address:      [hidden email]
PostgreSQL version: 8.0.3
Operating system:   Linux
Description:        inheritance and foreign key creation problem
Details:

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create table employee (
    __key__      integer,
    name         varchar(10) not null,
    surname      varchar(20) not null,
    phone        varchar(12) not null,
    unique (name, surname),
    primary key (__key__)
);

create table boss (
    dep_fkey     integer unique
) inherits(employee);


create table department (
    __key__        integer,
    boss_fkey  integer unique,
    primary key (__key__),
    foreign key (boss_fkey) references boss(__key__) initially deferred
);

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We can see that boss relation has __key__ column (inherited from employee
relation), but when executing above script PostgreSQL fails with message:

psql:script.sql:20: ERROR:  there is no unique constraint matching given
keys for referenced table "boss"

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Re: [BUGS] BUG #1688: inheritance and foreign key creation problem

Stephan Szabo
On Sun, 29 May 2005,  wrote:

>
> The following bug has been logged online:
>
> Bug reference:      1688
> Logged by:
> Email address:      [hidden email]
> PostgreSQL version: 8.0.3
> Operating system:   Linux
> Description:        inheritance and foreign key creation problem
> Details:
>
> -----------
> create table employee (
>     __key__      integer,
>     name         varchar(10) not null,
>     surname      varchar(20) not null,
>     phone        varchar(12) not null,
>     unique (name, surname),
>     primary key (__key__)
> );
>
> create table boss (
>     dep_fkey     integer unique
> ) inherits(employee);
>
>
> create table department (
>     __key__        integer,
>     boss_fkey  integer unique,
>     primary key (__key__),
>     foreign key (boss_fkey) references boss(__key__) initially deferred
> );

Unique constraints do not currently inherit, so right now, there is no
unique constraint on boss.__key__ and you'll be able to insert duplicates.
Right now, you can almost work around this by explicitly placing a unique
constraint on the column, however, that only guarantees uniqueness within
a table not between employee and boss.


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