some postgres notes:

  • connect, list databases, list tables and select:
$ psql diesel_demo
psql (9.5.2)
Type "help" for help.

diesel_demo=# \l
                               List of databases
    Name     | Owner | Encoding |   Collate   |    Ctype    | Access privileges
 diesel_demo | matt  | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8 | en_US.UTF-8 |
 new-db      | matt  | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8 | en_US.UTF-8 |
 postgres    | matt  | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8 | en_US.UTF-8 |
 pseudo      | matt  | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8 | en_US.UTF-8 |
 template0   | matt  | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8 | en_US.UTF-8 | =c/matt          +
             |       |          |             |             | matt=CTc/matt
 template1   | matt  | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8 | en_US.UTF-8 | =c/matt          +
             |       |          |             |             | matt=CTc/matt
(6 rows)

diesel_demo=# \dt
                  List of relations
 Schema |            Name            | Type  | Owner
 public | __diesel_schema_migrations | table | matt
 public | posts                      | table | matt
(2 rows)

diesel_demo=# select * from posts;
 id | title |   body    | published |         created_at
  1 | coool | pleasseee+| t         | 2016-05-03 21:00:18.639813
    |       |           |           |
(1 row)
  • update looks like:
UPDATE submissions SET compilation_complete = true WHERE id = 1;


I had this error: fe_sendauth: no password supplied and started reading about host-based auth with pg_hba.conf.

  • the config file is typically at /etc/postgresql/<version>/main.
  • you can also psql <some-db> -c 'SHOW hba_file';
  • the first matching record is used
  • the trust value in the auth-method column (which is the last column) allows connections unconditionally – that’s my setup locally
  • might need to add a new user: sudo -u postgres createuser matt --superuser
  • more good tips on Digital Ocean

postgres with rust

I’m trying diesel, but I might switch to the vanilla, non-ORM rust-postgres package. The ORM functionality is definitely nice, but my projects aren’t that complicated and diesel is still a work-in-progress.

  • for fields that can be null, need to wrap the model types as something like Option<String>
  • rust-dashboard is a good demo project for diesel

On the diesel demo:

  • the full diesel_demo code is here
  • got to play with multirust and rust nightly
  • nice example of a project structure too with multiple binaries and a gluing it together
  • datetimes were annoying in diesel and still kind of being worked on, it seems – see my pseudo-lang project for an example. It came down to adding a sql type like created_at TIMESTAMP NOT NULL DEFAULT (now() AT TIME ZONE 'utc') and, in the diesel model definition having a struct field like pub created_at: PgTimestamp where that type comes from diesel::pg::data_types::PgTimestamp

Diesel and Travis-CI:

  • I was getting this error: undefined reference to `sqlite3_errstr' when I tried to cargo install diesel_cli --verbose
  • Travis was building on Ubuntu Precise, I eventually realized, and Precise has a pretty old version of sqlite3 – one that can’t be upgraded cleanly through apt
  • so the fix is just to ask Travis to build on Trusty infrastructure (Ubuntu 14). I added this to my .travis.yml (see more in my pseudo project):
sudo: required
dist: trusty


After I finished the diesel demo I wanted to add a new column, created_at, which would be a Timestamp. I ran diesel migration generate add_post_created_at to make some files, then, in up.sql, I added:


and in down.sql:

  DROP COLUMN created_at;

I guess one day diesel will watch your model changes and actually write this stuff for you.