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hi all,

i'm new(ish) to postgres.......i am trying to insert a record in a database but it keeps returning the following error message:

ERROR:  parser: parse error at or near "SELECT"

to insert i have used the following command at psql prompt:

INSERT INTO orders VALUES (1,'Mondeo','Red','YS81APB');

Thanks for your help.

RE: error message

Hi rycamor,

This is the table structure i'm using:

create table orders (
  o_id          int4 default nextval('orders_o_id_seq'::text) not null,
  omodel        character varying (20),
  ocolour       character varying (20),
  oforder       character varying (5),
  oodate        date,
  oordref       character varying (20),
  osman         int4 references users(uid),
  ochassis      character varying (17),
  oprivstate    int4 references states(sid),
  opubstate     int4 references states(sid),
  ocompany      int4 references dealers(did) not null,
  odept         character (1) references depts(pid) not null,
  ocustomer     int4 references customers(cid) not null,
  olocation     int4 references locations(lid) not null,
  ostockno      character varying (6),
  oregno        character varying (12),
  odeldate      date,
  oprivnotes    text,
  opubnotes     text,
  ojobcard      int4,   -- job number instead of yes/no
  ovista        character varying(20),  -- unknown contents

RE: error message

You are trying to insert 4 columns into a 21-column table. If you don't specify 21 columns in your INSERT, you have to explicitly specify which columns you are inserting:

Either do this:

INSERT INTO orders VALUES (1,'Mondeo','Red','YS81APB',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',');

Or this:

INSERT INTO orders(o_id,omodel,ocolour,oforder) VALUES (1,'Mondeo','Red','YS81APB');

Otherwise, how will the SQL parser "know" which columns you are choosing to insert? (See http://www.postgresql.org/idocs/index.php?sql-insert.html)


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