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  1. #1
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    Nov 2008

    Unanswered: How convert array elements to rows?

    I need to convert array elements to rows. Suppose that I have the array {5,77,39,19}. I need it as a table with the index in one column and the element in the other column:
    index | element
        1 |       5
        2 |      77
        3 |      39
        4 |      19
    Which command does this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Arizona, USA
    If index will increment to 5 with the next array you process, just create your table with a serial datatype for index.

    Then, use the generate_series function to return all elements of the array, as part of a subquery for an insert.

    I haven't tested this, but something along this line may work

    Insert Into YourNewTable (Element) select YourArrayColumn[generate_series(1,4)] as Element From YourExistingTable
    This assumes that you'll always have 4 elements per array. If not, you'll need to use the array function which returns the upper bound of the array as well, as a subquery to the subquery. (I don't remember the array function name - check the documentation for it...)
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