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



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


SYNOPSIS
       [ WITH [ RECURSIVE ] with_query [, ...] ]
       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 [, ...] ]
           [ WINDOW window_name AS ( window_definition ) [, ...] ]
           [ { UNION | INTERSECT | EXCEPT } [ ALL ] select ]
           [ ORDER BY expression [ ASC | DESC | USING operator ] [ NULLS { FIRST | LAST } ] [, ...] ]
           [ LIMIT { count | ALL } ]
           [ OFFSET start [ ROW | ROWS ] ]
           [ FETCH { FIRST | NEXT } [ count ] { ROW | ROWS } ONLY ]
           [ FOR { UPDATE | SHARE } [ OF table_name [, ...] ] [ NOWAIT ] [...] ]


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.

PARAMETERS
       TEMPORARY or 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 parameters are described in detail under SELECT [select(7)].


NOTES
       CREATE TABLE AS [create_table_as(7)] is functionally similar to SELECT INTO. CREATE TABLE AS is the recommended
       syntax,  since  this  form of SELECT INTO is not available in ECPG or PL/pgSQL, because they interpret the INTO
       clause differently. Furthermore, CREATE TABLE AS offers a superset of  the  functionality  provided  by  SELECT
       INTO.

       Prior  to PostgreSQL 8.1, the table created by SELECT INTO included OIDs by default. In PostgreSQL 8.1, this is
       not the case -- to include OIDs in the new table, the default_with_oids configuration variable must be  enabled.
       Alternatively, CREATE TABLE AS can be used with the WITH OIDS clause.

EXAMPLES
       Create a new table films_recent consisting of only recent entries from the table films:

       SELECT * INTO films_recent FROM films WHERE date_prod >= '2002-01-01';


COMPATIBILITY
       The SQL standard 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 ECPG (see in the documentation) and PL/pgSQL  (see
       in  the  documentation).   The PostgreSQL usage of SELECT INTO to represent table creation is historical. It is
       best to use CREATE TABLE AS for this purpose in new code.

SEE ALSO
       CREATE TABLE AS [create_table_as(7)]



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