[Cialug] SQL wizardry possible?

Jeffrey C. Ollie jeff at ocjtech.us
Tue Oct 30 16:40:00 CDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-10-30 at 16:22 -0500, Daniel A. Ramaley wrote:
> There is a rather complex SQL (specifically, PostgreSQL) query that i 
> want to do. I don't know if it is possible with pure SQL.
> If i run this query:
> select pref_uid,pref_value from horde_prefs where pref_name = 'last_login';
> I get back many rows of output. Here's a sample of the pref_uid and 
> pref_value data:
>   pref_uid: dar012
> pref_value: a:2:{s:4:"time";i:1193777972;s:4:"host";s:11:"";}
> What i want to do it pull out the time stamp that is embedded in 
> pref_value. In this example it is "1193777972". And then based on that 
> time stamp, i want to only return records if the time stamp is less 
> than some other time stamp (now minus 6 months, or roughly 1178226993 at 
> the time of this writing). Is it possible with SQL to pull out a 
> substring and then do a comparison on it?
> If it is not possible with pure SQL, then i already know how to do 
> something with Perl, i'm just trying to find a more elegant way that 
> doesn't mix as many languages.

Completely untested, but:

select pref_uid,pref_value from horde_prefs where pref_name = 'last_login' and age(to_timestamp(to_number(substring(pref_value from 'i:([0-9]+);'))) < interval '6 months';



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