[NOVICE] datatype conversion on postgresql 7.4.1

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[NOVICE] datatype conversion on postgresql 7.4.1

Timo Roessner
hi everybody,

i got the following problem:

i have a database running on a postgresqlserver version 7.4.1, in the
database is a table with 4 columns containing
float-numbers. what i want to do now is,  to convert the type of those
columns from float to numeric, because
i want to limit the positions after the decimal point to 2.

what works fine in v. 8:

either

alter table fragment alter column  x type numeric(15,2)

or

update fragment set x = round(x,2)

but both wont work with version 7.4.1!

when i look into the documentation it seems to say that in 7.4.1 round()
can only round to a given number of positions after the decimal point
when used with a numeric type, but not with floats!.

and if i try something like:

alter table fragment alter column  x type numeric(15,2)

i get an syntax error, so this seems to be no feature in 7.4.1 (didnt
find anything like that in the docs too....)

what can i do to solve this? there must be some way in postgresql 7.4.1,
if there is no way to do that, i have to
build up the whole database from scratch........there must be a way to
convert float to numeric values in 7.4.1 ,
but i dont have a single clue...

thx for any help in advance



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