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NAME

       COMMENT - define or change the comment of an object

SYNOPSIS

       COMMENT ON
       {
         TABLE object_name |
         COLUMN table_name.column_name |
         AGGREGATE agg_name (agg_type [, ...] ) |
         CAST (sourcetype AS targettype) |
         CONSTRAINT constraint_name ON table_name |
         CONVERSION object_name |
         DATABASE object_name |
         DOMAIN object_name |
         FUNCTION func_name ( [ [ argmode ] [ argname ] argtype [, ...] ] ) |
         INDEX object_name |
         LARGE OBJECT large_object_oid |
         OPERATOR op (leftoperand_type, rightoperand_type) |
         OPERATOR CLASS object_name USING index_method |
         OPERATOR FAMILY object_name USING index_method |
         [ PROCEDURAL ] LANGUAGE object_name |
         ROLE object_name |
         RULE rule_name ON table_name |
         SCHEMA object_name |
         SEQUENCE object_name |
         TABLESPACE object_name |
         TEXT SEARCH CONFIGURATION object_name |
         TEXT SEARCH DICTIONARY object_name |
         TEXT SEARCH PARSER object_name |
         TEXT SEARCH TEMPLATE object_name |
         TRIGGER trigger_name ON table_name |
         TYPE object_name |
         VIEW object_name
       } IS ’text’

DESCRIPTION

       COMMENT stores a comment about a database object.

       To  modify  a comment, issue a new COMMENT command for the same object.
       Only one comment string  is  stored  for  each  object.   To  remove  a
       comment,  write  NULL  in  place  of  the  text  string.   Comments are
       automatically dropped when the object is dropped.

       Comments can be viewed using psql’s \d family of commands.  Other  user
       interfaces  to  retrieve  comments  can be built atop the same built-in
       functions that psql uses, namely obj_description, col_description,  and
       shobj_description (see in the documentation).

PARAMETERS

       object_name

       table_name.column_name

       agg_name

       constraint_name

       func_name

       op

       rule_name

       trigger_name
              The  name  of  the  object  to  be  commented.  Names of tables,
              aggregates, domains,  functions,  indexes,  operators,  operator
              classes,  operator  families,  sequences,  text  search objects,
              types, and views can be schema-qualified.

       agg_type
              An input data type on which the aggregate function operates.  To
              reference  a  zero-argument aggregate function, write * in place
              of the list of input data types.

       sourcetype
              The name of the source data type of the cast.

       targettype
              The name of the target data type of the cast.

       argmode
              The mode of a function argument: either IN, OUT,  or  INOUT.  If
              omitted,  the default is IN.  Note that COMMENT ON FUNCTION does
              not actually pay any attention to OUT arguments, since only  the
              input arguments are needed to determine the function’s identity.
              So it is sufficient to list the IN and INOUT arguments.

       argname
              The name of a function argument.  Note that COMMENT ON  FUNCTION
              does  not  actually  pay  any attention to argument names, since
              only the  argument  data  types  are  needed  to  determine  the
              function’s identity.

       argtype
              The data type(s) of the function’s arguments (optionally schema-
              qualified), if any.

       large_object_oid
              The OID of the large object.

       PROCEDURAL
              This is a noise word.

       text   The new comment, written as a string literal; or  NULL  to  drop
              the comment.

NOTES

       There  is  presently  no  security  mechanism  for  comments:  any user
       connected to a database can see all the comments for  objects  in  that
       database (although only superusers can change comments for objects that
       they don’t own). For shared  objects  such  as  databases,  roles,  and
       tablespaces  comments are stored globally and any user connected to any
       database can see all the comments for shared objects. Therefore,  don’t
       put security-critical information in comments.

EXAMPLES

       Attach a comment to the table mytable:

       COMMENT ON TABLE mytable IS ’This is my table.’;

       Remove it again:

       COMMENT ON TABLE mytable IS NULL;

       Some more examples:

       COMMENT ON AGGREGATE my_aggregate (double precision) IS ’Computes sample variance’;
       COMMENT ON CAST (text AS int4) IS ’Allow casts from text to int4’;
       COMMENT ON COLUMN my_table.my_column IS ’Employee ID number’;
       COMMENT ON CONVERSION my_conv IS ’Conversion to UTF8’;
       COMMENT ON DATABASE my_database IS ’Development Database’;
       COMMENT ON DOMAIN my_domain IS ’Email Address Domain’;
       COMMENT ON FUNCTION my_function (timestamp) IS ’Returns Roman Numeral’;
       COMMENT ON INDEX my_index IS ’Enforces uniqueness on employee ID’;
       COMMENT ON LANGUAGE plpython IS ’Python support for stored procedures’;
       COMMENT ON LARGE OBJECT 346344 IS ’Planning document’;
       COMMENT ON OPERATOR ^ (text, text) IS ’Performs intersection of two texts’;
       COMMENT ON OPERATOR - (NONE, text) IS ’This is a prefix operator on text’;
       COMMENT ON OPERATOR CLASS int4ops USING btree IS ’4 byte integer operators for btrees’;
       COMMENT ON OPERATOR FAMILY integer_ops USING btree IS ’all integer operators for btrees’;
       COMMENT ON ROLE my_role IS ’Administration group for finance tables’;
       COMMENT ON RULE my_rule ON my_table IS ’Logs updates of employee records’;
       COMMENT ON SCHEMA my_schema IS ’Departmental data’;
       COMMENT ON SEQUENCE my_sequence IS ’Used to generate primary keys’;
       COMMENT ON TABLE my_schema.my_table IS ’Employee Information’;
       COMMENT ON TABLESPACE my_tablespace IS ’Tablespace for indexes’;
       COMMENT ON TEXT SEARCH CONFIGURATION my_config IS ’Special word filtering’;
       COMMENT ON TEXT SEARCH DICTIONARY swedish IS ’Snowball stemmer for swedish language’;
       COMMENT ON TEXT SEARCH PARSER my_parser IS ’Splits text into words’;
       COMMENT ON TEXT SEARCH TEMPLATE snowball IS ’Snowball stemmer’;
       COMMENT ON TRIGGER my_trigger ON my_table IS ’Used for RI’;
       COMMENT ON TYPE complex IS ’Complex number data type’;
       COMMENT ON VIEW my_view IS ’View of departmental costs’;

COMPATIBILITY

       There is no COMMENT command in the SQL standard.