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Here's the scenario - Lets say I install a module which changes the column type of a table. And this module changes the type of the date_order field in sale_order table from date to datetime. Now what happens is everytime I restart openerp with updateall modules flag, it drops the original date_order column (with type date) in the table and adds a new column date_order with type datetime.
Now postgres maintains a reference to all of its columns per table in pg_attribute table, which doesnt get cleared even when you drop the columns. Because of this every drop-column-add-column cycle that occurs when you restart openerp increments the column count for the table and in this case its the sale_order table. But the problem is postgres has a column limit of 1600 per table which will be reached if you restart openerp 800 times. And then openerp fails to start.
This is only in case of 1 column. If modules override multiple columns in the table, this limit will be reached sooner.
So the question is, is there a well known way to solve this problem with openerp?
My guess is this is not a very rare case scenario and some people may have already faced this problem. Are there any recommended solutions or conventions or best practices ?
This is how we solved the problem:
Lets say there are two modules sale_order, my_sale_order. Suppose my_sale_order extends the functionality of the sale_order.
And in my_sale_order you want to change the column type of a field in sale_order, lets say, change the type of column order_date from date to datetime. Now, instead of changing the type of order_date to datetime in my_sale_order, what you can do is add a new column called order_datetime whose type is datetime in my_sale_order and change all the references in UI markup(and any other references required for proper functioning) from order_date to order_datetime. You can also keep the order_date and order_datetime in sync in your code.
The rationale behind not going with the db restore method suggested by Tim is because that's not a permanent solution and it requires periodic intervention by the support staff to fix this issue, when it reappears.
Ok community. I have found a work around that i DO NOT consider a viable option for the long run. But to help anyone in need:
This problem occurs due to the fact that over the course of time, enough add/drop sequences in postgres will cause the system to hit the hard limit of 1600 columns. (EVEN IF WHEN VIEWED IN POSTGRES, YOU ONLY SEE MINIMAL COLUMNS). When you drop a column, it is taken out of the table, but the reference to that column lives on, and stays consuming the 1600 column limit.
My temporary solution:
pg_dump -t table_name_with_issue --inserts -f file_name_for_sql_output.sql database_name
Now you have the sql to recreate the problematic table in file_name_for_sql_output.sql
Enter into psql terminal: psql -d database_name
Drop the problematic table: drop table table_name_with_issue cascade;
Exit psql: ctrl+d
Restore the table from the generated .sql: psql -f file_name_for_sql_output.sql database_name
And with that, you should have a re-created table that has a reset column limit.
This problem is pretty much unsolvable without an experienced database administrator, and because of that, I consider this a bug in Odoo.
Maybe someone else has a better workaround?
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