Database diff

Tagged database, diff, postgres  Languages bash, ruby, yaml

This script will connect to two databases, named old and new, and print:

  • the names of the tables that cannot be found in the new database
  • the difference in the amount of rows per table, if there is a difference in the number of rows


# Postgres database diff script. Prints the names of missing tables and the
# difference in the amount of rows per table.
require 'sequel'
require 'pg'
require 'yaml'
require 'pry'

list_tables_sql = "SELECT tablename from pg_tables where schemaname = 'public';"
OLD_DB = Sequel.connect(YAML.load('old_database.yml')))
NEW_DB = Sequel.connect(YAML.load('new_database.yml')))
OLD_TABLES = OLD_DB[list_tables_sql].map{ |x| x.fetch(:tablename) }
NEW_TABLES = NEW_DB[list_tables_sql].map{ |x| x.fetch(:tablename) }

# Compare tables
def diff_tables

# Compare row count
def diff_row_count
  OLD_TABLES.sort.reduce({}) do |hash, table|
    sql = "SELECT count(*) FROM %{table}"
    # Sequel's count method does not work.
    diff = OLD_DB[sql % {table: table}].first[:count].to_i - NEW_DB[sql % {table: table}].first[:count].to_i
    hash[table] = diff if diff != 0

puts JSON.pretty_generate(tables: diff_tables, rows: diff_row_count)


source ''

gem 'sequel'
gem 'pg'
gem 'pry'

new_database.yml and old_database.yml:

adapter: postgres
host: localhost
port: 5432
encoding: unicode
database: x_production
username: x
password: x

To run the script:

gem install bundler
bundle exec ruby db_diff.rb

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