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Re: Finding database version from handle?

by erix (Parson)
on Jul 22, 2010 at 10:05 UTC ( #850812=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Finding database version from handle?

Querying PostgreSQL, timtowtdi:

-- versions 7.4 thru 9: # select substring(version() from E'^PostgreSQL (\\S+)') ; substring ----------- 8.4.4 (1 row) -- versions 7.4 thru 9: # select current_setting('server_version'); current_setting ----------------- 8.4.4 (1 row) -- versions 8.2 thru 9: # select current_setting('server_version_num'); current_setting ----------------- 80404 (1 row)

DBIx-Version looks unmaintained, but maybe it has some useful examples.

(update) There is info in DBD::Pg attributes as well:

perl -MDBI -e'my$dbh=DBI->connect("dbi:Pg:"); print $dbh->{pg_server_v +ersion}, "\n"'; 80404

Then, the 2008 SQL standard prescribes a SQL_IMPLEMENTATION_INFO view which (in postgres) has this information:

select implementation_info_name, character_value from information_schema.sql_implementation_info where implementation_info_name ~ 'DBMS'; implementation_info_name | character_value --------------------------+----------------- DBMS NAME | PostgreSQL DBMS VERSION | 08.04.0004 (2 rows)

I seem to remember that, alas, this latter solution (although standard and therefore in principle the 'best') is not very widely available.

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