In PostgreSQL, identifiers — table names, column names, constraint names, etc. — are limited to a maximum length of 63 bytes. Identifiers longer than 63 characters can be used, but they will be truncated to the allowed length of 63.
> alter table articles add constraint this_constraint_is_going_to_be_longer_than_sixty_three_characters_id_idx check (char_length(title) > 0); NOTICE: identifier "this_constraint_is_going_to_be_longer_than_sixty_three_characters_id_idx" will be truncated to "this_constraint_is_going_to_be_longer_than_sixty_three_characte" ALTER TABLE
Postgres warns us of identifiers longer than 63 characters, informing us of what they will be truncated to. It then proceeds to create the identifier.
If postgres is trying to generate an identifier for us - say, for a foreign
key constraint - and that identifier is longer than 63 characters, postgres
will truncate the identifier somewhere in the middle so as to maintain the
convention of terminating with, for example,
The 63 byte limit is not arbitrary. It comes from
NAMEDATALEN - 1. By default
NAMEDATALEN is 64. If need be, this value can be modified in the Postgres
source. Yay, open-source database implementations.
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