I have a PostgreSQL database which I initialized through FME. What I want to do now is to delete some values from the database. How can I do that? I am trying to use SQLExecutor but I don't know what to put in the input parameter called initiator. Actually I don't quite understand why I need an input parameter. I just want to connect to the database and delete some values from the table.

What would be the workflow for this?

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    Commented May 5, 2015 at 10:49

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You can go with the SQLExecuter, the initiator would need to be a list of database values [keys] you want to delete. Then using something similar the SQL statement below to execute the delete query should work.

DELETE FROM table WHERE key = '@Value(key)';

Or you can use the DatabaseDeleter

  • Thanks. So what kind of transformer/reader should I make in order to have this list? Could it be also an excel file?
    – user1919
    Commented May 5, 2015 at 11:16
  • Yes Any reader that can carry the attribute value keys to delete.And yes excel works. Commented May 5, 2015 at 11:58
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    This SQL can also be placed in a writer (under advanced settings) to execute before/after the write - good for updates as well as deletions.
    – Mapperz
    Commented May 5, 2015 at 13:30
  • You would connect a flow of data to the transformer, if you wanted to run the command once for each feature. Otherwise, to run the transformer just once, connect a Creator transformer to it. Commented May 6, 2015 at 14:14

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