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I am trying to add external SQL formatting utility to pgAdmin.

There is an option available in pgAdmin3 in Preferences -> Query tool -> Query editor called external formatting utility

I set up python tool sqlparse. It has command line utility called sqlformat. pgAdmin3 requires external formatting utility to accept stdin and sqlformat --help says

Use "-" as FILE to read from stdin.

When I write:

sqlformat -

... as external formatting utility I am getting error

execvp(sqlformat, -) failed with error 2!

When I am trying to wrap it in shell script like that:

#!/bin/bash
sqlformat --reindent --keywords upper --identifiers lower -

... I am getting error

line 2: sqlformat: command not found

Nevertheless my shell script works when I am calling it directly:

cat in.sql | ~/sqlformat.sh > out.sql

How to fix it?

  • Is sqlformat in your $PATH where you run pgAdmin3? You haven't got any relative pathnames in $PATH, I hope? Did you try using an absolute pathname to sqlformat in your script? (i.e. #!/bin/sh , exec /usr/bin/sqlformat ..., or whatever the right location is) – Toby Speight Sep 6 '18 at 14:05
  • BTW error 2 is ENOENT 2 No such file or directory, which is consistent with what you get when you go via Bash. – Toby Speight Sep 6 '18 at 14:08
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I still can't figure out how to call sqlformat directly from pgAdmin and why sqlformat is unavailable in shell script when it is called via pgAdmin, but I've come to a solution.

Find full path to utility using:

type -a sqlformat

Replace path to utility in shell script:

#!/bin/bash
/usr/local/bin/sqlformat --reindent --keywords upper --identifiers lower -

And pass this shell script into pgAdmin

  • If someone can give better answer - you are welcome, because I don't have any explanations yet – Nick Roz Aug 8 '16 at 16:18
  • Did you try using the full pathname in pgAdmin? – Toby Speight Sep 6 '18 at 14:09
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You don't need a script, you can simply add to the field 'External formatting utility':

sqlformat --reindent --keywords upper --identifiers lower -

It worked for me.

  • But the problem is that squlformat wasn't found on the search path! The shell script seems to be merely an attempt to diagnose the problem. – Toby Speight Sep 6 '18 at 14:10

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