I have a table with "coordinate" column in it of data_type POINT (native postrgresql point). I want to convert it into Geometry(Point,4326)

I am using psycopg2 to connect to my database.

I ran this command:

cur.execute(f"ALTER TABLE {table} ALTER COLUMN {column} TYPE geometry(Point, 4326) USING ST_SetSRID(ST_MakePoint({column}[0],{column}[1]), 4326);")

But it gives this error:

server closed the connection unexpectedly
This probably means the server terminated abnormally
before or while processing the request

and if I use

cur.execute(f"ALTER TABLE {table} ALTER COLUMN {column} TYPE geometry(Point, 4326) USING {column}::ST_SetSRID(ST_MakePoint({column}[0],{column}[1]), 4326);")

it says st_setsrid does not exist.

If I cannot solve this issue, is there any other way to convert dataType of column from native point to geometry(point,4326)?

  • Do you have PostGIS extension installed into your database? Check with select postgis_version();.
    – user30184
    Oct 28, 2021 at 7:42
  • Yes, postgis was installed. select postgis_version() --> 2.1 USE_GEOS=1 USE_PROJ=1 USE_STATS=1 Oct 28, 2021 at 7:50
  • what tool do you use to execute your request ? Maybe try to create your table first check if it's good then go with a insert into request ... baby steps =) Oct 28, 2021 at 7:53
  • Does simple select ST_SetSRID(ST_MakePoint(1,2), 4326) work? If is works then perhaps {column}[0],{column}[1] are not of correct datatype for ST_MakePoint.
    – user30184
    Oct 28, 2021 at 7:58
  • 2
    FWIW: your second statement is syntactically wrong: there is no CAST to ST_SetSRID - you need to wrap the actual CAST into those functions, i.e. USING ST_SetSRID(<column>::GEOMETRY(POINT), 4326)
    – geozelot
    Oct 28, 2021 at 8:41

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(@geozelot) Right way to type cast is -

cur.execute(f"ALTER TABLE {table} ALTER COLUMN {column} TYPE geometry(Point,4326) USING ST_SetSRID({column}::GEOMETRY(POINT), 4326);")

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