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From Andrew Hastie <>
Subject Postgres V9.1 issue with LIKE clause and Escape Strings
Date Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:44:07 GMT

Noticed an issue with the Postgres DBDictionary definition after 
updating Postgres from version 8.4 to 9.1:-

Here's what you get in the Postgres trace file when executing some JPA 
driven queries where an SQL LIKE is involved:-

2011-09-30 14:29:41 BST ERROR:  invalid escape string
2011-09-30 14:29:41 BST HINT:  Escape string must be empty or one character.
2011-09-30 14:29:41 BST STATEMENT:  SELECT, t0.identificationMask, 
t0.productName FROM DBTYPE t0 WHERE (t0.identificationMask LIKE $1 
ESCAPE '\\')
2011-09-30 14:29:41 BST ERROR:  current transaction is aborted, commands 
ignored until end of transaction block

This appears to be down to a change the Postgres project have made to 
escape string handling:- (see 
section E.2.2.1)

You appear to be able to override the default DBDictionary setting for 
this as follows to get things working again:-
<property name="openjpa.jdbc.DBDictionary" 

So, does this mean OpenJPA needs a version dependent dictionary 
definition for Postgres from now on? Anybody got any better solutions or 
care to confirm what I'm seeing?

I've also posted this to the Postgres JDBC mailing list in case they 
have any comments.


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