FYI: Like the previous post, this is a really quick tip.
This week I'm working closely to the "front-end guy". Not that I don't know how to front end, but he was helping me.
We are developing an internal tool, that, for this first version, will use only a few tables of one of our databases.
Doing the "back end" part of it, I created tons of rows in my local database, and, in order to properly test the front end part, the "front end guy" needed some data. He could just create a lot of rows in that table. That would be easy. And boring. And inaccurate.
Dump an entire database is also boring, and usually takes a lot of time.
Besides, he only needs one table.
So, I dumped that one table in the form of inserts.
pg_dump, with some parameters, can easily do that:
$ pg_dump \ -h localhost \ -p 5432 \ -U user -W \ --table="table-name" \ --data-only \ --column-inserts \ database-name > table.sql
So, I just had to send him this
table.sql file somehow, and he had to execute that SQL file in his database, which can be easily done with the
$ psql \ -h localhost \ -p 5432 \ -U user \ database-name \ -f table.sql
That's it. A quick and useful tip that I have used many times and will probably use many more.