To escape a keyword, enclose it in double quotes e.g:

INSERT INTO table (id, name, "year")...

Script Rollback

One super handy option one is -v, where you can do the equivalent of a \\set. For example:

psql -1 -v ON_ERROR_STOP=1 -f script.psql

…makes sure that the script ends on the first error and rolls back instead of filling your screen with junk.


To initialise a sequence (in this example, the table name is contact):

SELECT SETVAL('contact_id_seq', (SELECT MAX(id) FROM contact) + 1);