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NAME

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

SYNOPSIS

       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 [, ...] ]
           [ { UNION | INTERSECT | EXCEPT } [ ALL ] select ]
           [ ORDER BY expression [ ASC | DESC | USING operator ] [, ...] ]
           [ LIMIT { count | ALL } ]
           [ OFFSET start ]
           [ FOR UPDATE [ OF tablename [, ...] ] ]

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  8.0,  the  table  created  by SELECT INTO always
       included OIDs.  As of PostgreSQL 8.0, the  inclusion  of  OIDs  in  the
       table  created  by  SELECT  INTO is controlled by the default_with_oids
       configuration variable. This variable currently defaults to  true,  but
       will likely default to false in a future release of PostgreSQL.

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  the  documentation)  and
       PL/pgSQL  (see 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)]