I have a script which reload data from dbf file and create a new table in postgres database using geotools plugin. My problem is when geotools reload fields name from the file it adds a new field fid to make it as a primary key(by default).

PS: my file fields does not contain a field name fid, My fields are(field1, field2)

I dont want to use the default primary key, i want to set my custom one from the my fields list. please find below my script which work perfectly except the primary key issue . Could you please help me.

    public static void importDBFFileToPostgreSQL(Path filepath, String tablename) {
    DataStore pgDatastore = postgisDataStore.getInstance();
    DbaseFileReader dbaseFileReader = null;
    try {
        try (FileChannel in = FileChannel.open(filepath)) {
            dbaseFileReader = new DbaseFileReader(in, true, Charset.forName("ISO-8859-1"));
        DbaseFileHeader header = dbaseFileReader.getHeader();
        List<AttributeDescriptor> attributes = buildAttributesFromDBFHeader(header);

        // create the feature type
        SimpleFeatureTypeBuilder simpleFeatureTypeBuilder = new SimpleFeatureTypeBuilder();

        SimpleFeatureType newtype = simpleFeatureTypeBuilder.buildFeatureType();
  • where do you set the new FID? That code just sets up the table.
    – Ian Turton
    Oct 2 '18 at 15:23
  • the fid column is set automatically when it creates the schema pgDatastore.createSchema(newtype); i think because that i didn't mention the primary key which is my problem Oct 2 '18 at 15:26
  • If you look in the newType you will see the FID defined (it's mandatory in the SF spec)
    – Ian Turton
    Oct 2 '18 at 16:20

The GeoTools gt-jdbc module defines this behaviour and will always add a serial integer fid column as your primary key for any table it creates.

The best way to generate fids in the way you want is to use a "virtual table" (or view) like this:

VirtualTable vt = new VirtualTable(tableName + "_v",
    "select * from " + tableName);
List<String> prime = new ArrayList<>();

JDBCDataStore jdbcDataStore = (JDBCDataStore) dataStore;

Though you still end up with a fid like fid id=states_v.TN.47.

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