START TRANSACTION

Section: SQL Commands ()
Updated: 2008-01-03
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NAME

START TRANSACTION - start a transaction block

 

SYNOPSIS

START TRANSACTION [ transaction_mode [, ...] ]

where transaction_mode is one of:

    ISOLATION LEVEL { SERIALIZABLE | REPEATABLE READ | READ COMMITTED | READ UNCOMMITTED }
    READ WRITE | READ ONLY

 

DESCRIPTION

This command begins a new transaction block. If the isolation level or read/write mode is specified, the new transaction has those characteristics, as if SET TRANSACTION [set_transaction(7)] was executed. This is the same as the BEGIN [begin(7)] command.  

PARAMETERS

Refer to SET TRANSACTION [set_transaction(7)] for information on the meaning of the parameters to this statement.  

COMPATIBILITY

In the standard, it is not necessary to issue START TRANSACTION to start a transaction block: any SQL command implicitly begins a block. PostgreSQL's behavior can be seen as implicitly issuing a COMMIT after each command that does not follow START TRANSACTION (or BEGIN), and it is therefore often called ``autocommit''. Other relational database systems may offer an autocommit feature as a convenience.

The SQL standard requires commas between successive transaction_modes, but for historical reasons PostgreSQL allows the commas to be omitted.

See also the compatibility section of SET TRANSACTION [set_transaction(7)].  

SEE ALSO

BEGIN [begin(7)], COMMIT [commit(l)], ROLLBACK [rollback(l)], SAVEPOINT [savepoint(l)], SET TRANSACTION [set_transaction(l)]


 

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NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
PARAMETERS
COMPATIBILITY
SEE ALSO

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