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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)]