Andrus February 2016

Returning empty data from dynamic pivot is there is no data

Code below from how to preserve column names on dynamic pivot is used to create dynamic pivot table.

If source table contains no data, sql error occurs since create table column list end with comma (there are no pivot columns). How to fix this so that empty table is returned ?

To reproduce, remove insert commands

insert into sales values ( '2016-1-1', 'Ø 12.3/3mm', 2);
insert into sales values ( '2016-1-1', '+-3,4%/3mm', 52);
insert into sales values ( '2016-1-3', '/3,2m-', 246);

from code.

testcase:

create temp table sales ( saledate date, productname char(20), quantity int );
insert into sales values ( '2016-1-1', 'Ø 12.3/3mm', 2);
insert into sales values ( '2016-1-1', '+-3,4%/3mm', 52);
insert into sales values ( '2016-1-3', '/3,2m-', 246);

do $do$


declare
voter_list text;
begin

create temp table myyk on commit drop as
select saledate as kuupaev,
  format ('"%s"', replace (upper(productname), ' ', '')) as tootjakood,               
  sum(quantity)::int as kogus 
from sales
group by 1,2
;

drop table if exists pivot;

voter_list := (
    select string_agg(distinct tootjakood, ' ' order by tootjakood) from myyk
    );

execute(format('
    create table pivot (
kuupaev date,
        %1$s
    )', (replace(voter_list, ' ', ' integer, ') || ' integer')
));

execute (format($f$

  insert into pivot
        select
           kuupaev,
            %2$s
        from crosstab($ct$
            select
                kuupaev,tootjakood,kogus
            from myyk
            order by 1
            $ct$,$ct$
            select distinct tootjakood
            from myyk
            order by 1
            $ct$
        ) as (
            kuupaev date,
            %4$s
        );$f$,

        replace(voter_list, ' ', ' + '),
        replace(voter_list, ' ', ', '),
        '',
        replace(voter_        

Answers


klin February 2016

Insert an exception handler at the bottom of the DO block body. You can silently ignore errors and create dummy pivot table:

...
exception
    when others then
        drop table if exists pivot;
        create table pivot ("No data" text);
end; $do$;

or raise an exception with your own error message:

...
exception
    when others then
        drop table if exists pivot;
        raise exception 'There is no data in the source dataset.'
end; $do$;

You can also use if-then-else statement:

...
drop table if exists pivot;

if (select count(*) from myyk) > 0 then 
    voter_list := (
        select string_agg(distinct tootjakood, ' ' order by tootjakood) from myyk
        );
    ...
    ...
else
    create table pivot ("No data" text);
end if;
end; $do$;

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