[DBAL-474] SchemaManager / Connection on PostgreSQL platform does not respect filterExpression for sequences Created: 27/Mar/13  Updated: 16/May/14

Status: In Progress
Project: Doctrine DBAL
Component/s: Schema Managers
Affects Version/s: 2.2.2
Fix Version/s: None
Security Level: All

Type: Bug Priority: Major
Reporter: jos de witte Assignee: Steve Müller
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 1
Labels: postgresql, schematool

Windows & Linux


Dear Symfony team,

the filterExpression on AbstractSchemaManager seems not to work for sequences.

This only happens under postgres.

It seems the way the sequences are handled are the culprit: It tries to get min_value etc of sequences without matching sequence names to the filter expression in advance.

If for example access to the sequences is denied, (Different schema without permissions for the current entity manager), any higher-level ORM operations like generating migration versions fail.

--------------------- UPDATE

the context is when using migrations. Positive regexp expressions do not limit the migration to a single schema. eg ^schemaname.$
Instead, all sequences on the current database are returned.
When trying to limit a migration to a single schema consecutively this doesn't work.
We are using a per-schema connection, so this results in a lot of hassle for us.

Comment by Benjamin Eberlei [ 14/Apr/13 ]

Can you paste an exception trace? I see that filtering is applied to sequences, but your description seems to indicate this happens due to an SQL query much earlier?

Comment by jos de witte [ 24/Apr/13 ]

Dear Benjamin,

the context is when using migrations. Positive regexp expressions do not limit the migration to a single schema. eg ^schemaname.$
Instead, all sequences on the current database are returned.
When trying to limit a migration to a single schema consecutively this doesn't work.
We are using a per-schema connection, so this results in a lot of hassle for us.

Comment by Steve Müller [ 06/Jan/14 ]

jos de witte I think your issue got fixed in commit: https://github.com/doctrine/dbal/commit/8beb732fe9d5cd40a0d677f250d2be325482744f
This patch was first introduced in 2.3. Can you please confirm that this is fixed? Otherwise can you please provide a concrete example so that we can reproduce you issue?

Comment by Arnout Standaert [ 29/Jan/14 ]

I believe we are bumping into the same issue. Our webapp uses Migrations, but for our webapp we are limited to a certain schema within a bigger PostgreSQL database. We only have permissions on our own schema and public.
Now, listSequences in AbstractSchemaManager does filter the asset names correctly with the mentioned fix.

But the problem is with the step before, _getPortableSequencesList (see line 135 of AbstractSchemaManager):

        return $this->filterAssetNames($this->_getPortableSequencesList($sequences));

This function goes out and does a _getPortableSequenceDefinition on every sequence in the unfiltered list. For every sequence, the _getPortableSequenceDefinition in PostgreSqlSchemaManager performs a SELECT:

        $data = $this->_conn->fetchAll('SELECT min_value, increment_by FROM ' . $this->_platform->quoteIdentifier($sequenceName));

Now, our user role in the database doesn't have SELECT permissions on these sequences in other schemas, so the migration fails with a privilege error.

There should be some kind of filtering on the sequence list BEFORE the SELECT statement in the _getPortableSequenceDefinition function are performed, no?

Comment by Arnout Standaert [ 30/Jan/14 ]

I currently have a workaround running locally, which filters the sequences list before creating the PortableSequence's. This is probably hackish and a poor workaround, just posting here as a temporary solution and further illustration of the problem.

Altered line 135 in AbstractSchemaManager:

        return $this->_getPortableSequencesList($this->filterSequenceNames($sequences));

I added function filterSequenceNames() in AbstractSchemaManager for appropriate sequence filtering:

     * Filters sequence names if they are configured to return only a subset of all
     * the found elements.
     * @param array $sequenceNames
     * @return array
    protected function filterSequenceNames($sequenceNames)
        $filterExpr = $this->getFilterSchemaAssetsExpression();
        if ( ! $filterExpr) {
            return $sequenceNames;
        return array_values ( array_filter($sequences, function ($sequenceName) use ($filterExpr) {
                $sequenceName = $sequenceName["schemaname"].".".$sequenceName["relname"];
                return preg_match($filterExpr, $sequenceName);


After these modifications, doctrine:migrations:migrate operations complete succesfully, even with our limited-permission database account.

Comment by Steve Müller [ 21/Feb/14 ]

Arnout Standaert Your fix looks promising and reasonable. Can you create a PR on the DBAL repo for that?

Comment by Viktor Sidochenko [ 15/Mar/14 ]

Why this fix is not in master?

Comment by Steve Müller [ 15/Mar/14 ]

Viktor Sidochenko because nobody has fixed it yet Feel free to provide a patch on GitHub.

Comment by Arnout Standaert [ 17/Mar/14 ]

I haven't gotten around to doing the PR on GitHub yet, I'm not yet too familiar with that.
I'll try to find some time for this the coming days.

Comment by Viktor Sidochenko [ 17/Mar/14 ]

Will be good. I`m not professional developer to make patches to upstream. So just voted for this issue.

Comment by Steve Müller [ 19/Mar/14 ]

Patch supplied in PR: https://github.com/doctrine/dbal/pull/546
jos de witte, Arnout Standaert, Viktor Sidochenko can you please test if the supplied PR fixes the problem?

Comment by Doctrine Bot [ 16/May/14 ]

A related Github Pull-Request [GH-546] was closed:

[DBAL-444] OraclePlatform getSequenceNextValSQL not handling case/quoting properly on 11g Created: 10/Feb/13  Updated: 04/Dec/14

Status: In Progress
Project: Doctrine DBAL
Component/s: Platforms
Affects Version/s: 2.3.2
Fix Version/s: 2.6
Security Level: All

Type: Bug Priority: Major
Reporter: Max Milaney Assignee: Benjamin Eberlei
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
Labels: oci8, oracle, sequence

PHP version 5.4.11
Oracle 11g Instant Client version
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition version (x64)
OCI8 DBAL driver

Attachments: File example.php    


I have an installer script that uses ORM SchemaTool to create the entities in the DB and then populates with basic data using basic EM->persist calls via ORM.

Sequence objects are created, and when using the 10g Instant Client everything worked correctly, however, upon upgrade to latest version of the Instant Client Oracle seems to be expecting consistent case for these schema objects. It appears as if they are being created with a quoted name as they are created in lowercase. OraclePlatform::getSequenceNextValSQL, however, generates "SELECT entity_id_seq.nextval FROM DUAL" and this fails with error "General error: 2289 OCIStmtExecute: ORA-02289: sequence does not exist".

Executing "SELECT "entity_id_seq".nextval FROM DUAL" directly on the DB returns the correct value.

I believe this may also impact the code in http://www.doctrine-project.org/jira/browse/DBAL-278

Comment by Max Milaney [ 10/Mar/13 ]

Hi there,
Wondering if there is any update on this? I'm having to use a workaround in my applications.

Comment by Benjamin Eberlei [ 14/Mar/13 ]

Can you maybe show an entity definition with its sequence mapping?

Comment by Max Milaney [ 17/Mar/13 ]

Here you are mate. Please see attachment.

Comment by Benjamin Eberlei [ 04/Apr/13 ]

I cant seem to find the problem, in DBAL "lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Platforms/OraclePlatform.php" on line 171, the sequence statement is created with $sequence->getQuotedName($platform), but this only works if quoting is requrested for the sequence.

How do you actually create the sequence? Your entity doesnt have @GeneratedValue.

What does the create schema command say with "--dump-sql" flag? Is the SQL quoted?

Comment by Steve Müller [ 03/Jan/14 ]

Max Milaney Can you please test if this still exists in the current master branch? If so, can you please provide the information requested by Benjamin Eberlei ? Otherwise hunting this down is rather hard... Thank you!

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