PostgreSQL Bulk Loader


The PostgreSQL bulk loader is a transform in which we will stream data from Hop to the psql command using "COPY DATA FROM STDIN" into the database.


Option Description

Transform name

Name of the transform.


Name of the database connection on which the target table resides.

Target schema

The name of the Schema for the table to write data to. This is important for data sources that allow for table names with dots '.' in it.

Target table

Name of the target table.

psql path

Full path to the psql utility.

Load action

Insert, Truncate. Insert inserts, truncate first truncates the table.

Fields to load

This table contains a list of fields to load data from, properties include:

  • Table field: Table field to be loaded in the PostgreSQL table;

  • Stream field: Field to be taken from the incoming rows;

  • Date mask: Either "Pass through, "Date" or "DateTime", determines how date/timestamps will be loaded in PostgreSQL.

Metadata Injection Support

All fields of this transform support metadata injection. You can use this transform with Metadata Injection to pass metadata to your pipeline at runtime.

Set Up Authentication

"psql" doesn’t allow you to specify the password. Here is a part of the connection options:

 Connection options:
  -h HOSTNAME     database server host or socket directory (default: "/var/run/postgresql")
  -p PORT         database server port (default: "5432")
  -U NAME         database user name
  -W              prompt for password (should happen automatically)

As you can see there is no way to specify a password for the database. It will always prompt for a password on the console no matter what.

To overcome this you need to set up trusted authentication on the PostgreSQL server.

To make this happen, change the pg_hba.conf file (on my box this is /etc/postgresql/8.2/main/pg_hba.conf) and add a line like this:

host    all         all        trust

This basically means that everyone from the network (mask can log into postgres on all databases with any username. If you are running Hop on the same server, change it to localhost:

host    all         all        trust

This is much safer of-course. Make sure you don’t invite any strangers onto your PostgreSQL database!