pg-copy-streams

Low-Level COPY TO and COPY FROM streams for PostgreSQL in JavaScript using

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pg-copy-streams

COPY FROM / COPY TO for node-postgres. Stream from one database to another, and stuff.

how? what? huh?

Did you know the all powerful PostgreSQL supports streaming binary data directly into and out of a table? This means you can take your favorite CSV or TSV or whatever format file and pipe it directly into an existing PostgreSQL table. You can also take a table and pipe it directly to a file, another database, stdout, even to /dev/null if you're crazy!

What this module gives you is a Readable or Writable stream directly into/out of a table in your database. This mode of interfacing with your table is very fast and very brittle. You are responsible for properly encoding and ordering all your columns. If anything is out of place PostgreSQL will send you back an error. The stream works within a transaction so you wont leave things in a 1/2 borked state, but it's still good to be aware of.

If you're not familiar with the feature (I wasn't either) you can read this for some good helps: http://www.postgresql.org/docs/9.3/static/sql-copy.html

examples

pipe from a table to stdout

var pg = require('pg');
var copyTo = require('pg-copy-streams').to;

pg.connect(function(err, client, done) {
  var stream = client.query(copyTo('COPY my_table TO STDOUT'));
  stream.pipe(process.stdout);
  stream.on('end', done);
  stream.on('error', done);
});

pipe from a file to table

var fs = require('fs');
var pg = require('pg');
var copyFrom = require('pg-copy-streams').from;

pg.connect(function(err, client, done) {
  var stream = client.query(copyFrom('COPY my_table FROM STDIN'));
  var fileStream = fs.createReadStream('some_file.tdv')
  fileStream.pipe(stream);
  fileStream.on('end', done);
  fileStream.on('error', done);
});

install

$ npm install pg-copy-streams

notice

Before you set out on this magical piping journey, you really should read this: http://www.postgresql.org/docs/9.3/static/sql-copy.html, and you might want to take a look at the tests to get an idea of how things work.

contributing

Instead of adding a bunch more code to the already bloated node-postgres I am trying to make the internals extensible and work on adding edge-case features as 3rd party modules. This is one of those.

Please, if you have any issues with this, open an issue.

Better yet, submit a pull request. I love pull requests.

Generally how I work is if you submit a few pull requests and you're interested I'll make you a contributor and give you full access to everything.

Since this isn't a module with tons of installs and dependent modules I hope we can work together on this to iterate faster here and make something really useful.

license

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2013 Brian M. Carlson

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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