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I am trying to do accent-insensitive text matching, but PostGreSQL's unaccent function doesn’t appear to be available

SELECT unaccent('Hôtel');

function unaccent(unknown) does not exist

Is this function supported somehow in CartoDB? If not, is there an alternative?

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If you were running your own version of PostgreSQL, you'd need to build the extension, then CREATE it. Typically you'd go to your source and do something like

cd /usr/local/src/postgresql-9.3.4/contrib/unaccent make make install

and then in a psql session, you'd run

CREATE EXTENSION UNACCENT;

before you could use it. It doesn't seem as if CartoDB gives you access or permissions to do such a thing.

  • Thanks Eric! Agree about CartoDB permissions. Bummer ... – Robin Kraft Jul 10 '14 at 18:52

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