|The PostgreSQL 9.0 Reference Manual - Volume 3 - Server Administration Guide
by The PostgreSQL Global Development Group
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When an object is created, it is assigned an owner. The
owner is normally the role that executed the creation statement.
For most kinds of objects, the initial state is that only the owner
(or a superuser) can do anything with the object. To allow
other roles to use it, privileges must be
There are several different kinds of privilege:
For more information on the different types of privileges supported by
PostgreSQL, see the
GRANT reference page.
To assign privileges, the
GRANT command is
used. So, if
joe is an existing role, and
accounts is an existing table, the privilege to
update the table can be granted with:
GRANT UPDATE ON accounts TO joe;
The special name
be used to grant a privilege to every role on the system. Writing
ALL in place of a specific privilege specifies that all
privileges that apply to the object will be granted.
To revoke a privilege, use the fittingly named
REVOKE ALL ON accounts FROM PUBLIC;
The special privileges of an object's owner (i.e., the right to modify or destroy the object) are always implicit in being the owner, and cannot be granted or revoked. But the owner can choose to revoke his own ordinary privileges, for example to make a table read-only for himself as well as others.
An object can be assigned to a new owner with an
command of the appropriate kind for the object. Superusers can always do
this; ordinary roles can only do it if they are both the current owner
of the object (or a member of the owning role) and a member of the new
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