I have an existing table in postgres which contains a plain old posgresql polygon. I have added a new column using

SELECT AddGeometryColumn ('public','fences','geom',4326,'POLYGON',2);

I would like to populate this GIS column with the polygon data from the existing column.

The existing column is called poly and the data looks like the following:


Is there a query I can run that will pull that poly field convert it to a postgis polygon and insert it into the new geom column?

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    The existing column looks like Well-Known Text (WKT) for polygons, except that it's missing the POLYGON keyword, and it has extra parentheses around coordinate pairs. If this is formed correctly, you can use ST_GeomFromText. See also regexp_replace
    – toms
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 20:04

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It's not an elegant solution, but you could try to convert Polygon string representation into WKT and use ST_GeomFromText

select ST_GeomFromText(
    'POLYGON ' || 
        '\,(?=[0-9])', ' ', 'g') 
  • I ended up using something similar to this. Thanks for the suggestion. Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 15:27

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