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NAME

       ALTER DOMAIN - change the definition of a domain

SYNOPSIS

       ALTER DOMAIN name
           { SET DEFAULT expression | DROP DEFAULT }
       ALTER DOMAIN name
           { SET | DROP } NOT NULL
       ALTER DOMAIN name
           ADD domain_constraint
       ALTER DOMAIN name
           DROP CONSTRAINT constraint_name [ RESTRICT | CASCADE ]
       ALTER DOMAIN name
           OWNER TO new_owner
       ALTER DOMAIN name
           SET SCHEMA new_schema

DESCRIPTION

       ALTER  DOMAIN  changes the definition of an existing domain.  There are
       several sub-forms:

       SET/DROP DEFAULT
              These forms set or remove the default value for a  domain.  Note
              that  defaults only apply to subsequent INSERT commands; they do
              not affect rows already in a table using the domain.

       SET/DROP NOT NULL
              These forms change whether a domain  is  marked  to  allow  NULL
              values  or to reject NULL values. You can only SET NOT NULL when
              the columns using the domain contain no null values.

       ADD domain_constraint
              This form adds a new constraint  to  a  domain  using  the  same
              syntax  as  CREATE  DOMAIN  [create_domain(7)].   This will only
              succeed  if  all  columns  using  the  domain  satisfy  the  new
              constraint.

       DROP CONSTRAINT
              This form drops constraints on a domain.

       OWNER  This form changes the owner of the domain to the specified user.

       SET SCHEMA
              This form changes the schema  of  the  domain.  Any  constraints
              associated  with  the  domain  are  moved into the new schema as
              well.

       You must own the domain to use ALTER DOMAIN.  To change the schema of a
       domain,  you  must  also  have  CREATE privilege on the new schema.  To
       alter the owner, you must also be a direct or indirect  member  of  the
       new  owning  role,  and  that  role  must  have CREATE privilege on the
       domain’s schema. (These restrictions enforce that  altering  the  owner
       doesn’t  do  anything  you  couldn’t  do by dropping and recreating the
       domain.  However,  a  superuser  can  alter  ownership  of  any  domain
       anyway.)

PARAMETERS

       name   The  name  (possibly  schema-qualified) of an existing domain to
              alter.

       domain_constraint
              New domain constraint for the domain.

       constraint_name
              Name of an existing constraint to drop.

       CASCADE
              Automatically drop objects that depend on the constraint.

       RESTRICT
              Refuse to  drop  the  constraint  if  there  are  any  dependent
              objects. This is the default behavior.

       new_owner
              The user name of the new owner of the domain.

       new_schema
              The new schema for the domain.

NOTES

       Currently,  ALTER  DOMAIN  ADD CONSTRAINT and ALTER DOMAIN SET NOT NULL
       will fail if the named domain or any derived domain is  used  within  a
       composite-type  column  of  any  table  in  the  database.  They should
       eventually be improved to be able to verify the new constraint for such
       nested columns.

EXAMPLES

       To add a NOT NULL constraint to a domain:

       ALTER DOMAIN zipcode SET NOT NULL;

       To remove a NOT NULL constraint from a domain:

       ALTER DOMAIN zipcode DROP NOT NULL;

       To add a check constraint to a domain:

       ALTER DOMAIN zipcode ADD CONSTRAINT zipchk CHECK (char_length(VALUE) = 5);

       To remove a check constraint from a domain:

       ALTER DOMAIN zipcode DROP CONSTRAINT zipchk;

       To move the domain into a different schema:

       ALTER DOMAIN zipcode SET SCHEMA customers;

COMPATIBILITY

       ALTER DOMAIN conforms to the SQL standard, except for the OWNER and SET
       SCHEMA variants, which are PostgreSQL extensions.

SEE ALSO

       CREATE DOMAIN [create_domain(7)], DROP DOMAIN [drop_domain(l)]