Sqlite Drop Column

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Q: How can I drop a column in sqlite-databases?

New A: GRASS 6.3.cvs contains v.db.dropcol which supports it.

Old A: It is not possible to drop columns within sqlite using the syntax ALTER TABLE DROP COLUMN [1]. However, there is a workaround for this issue [2]:

BEGIN TRANSACTION;
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE t1_backup(a,b);
INSERT INTO t1_backup SELECT a,b FROM t1;
DROP TABLE t1;
CREATE TABLE t1(a,b);
INSERT INTO t1 SELECT a,b FROM t1_backup;
DROP TABLE t1_backup;
COMMIT;

It's obvious that this is a little bit complex. But if you use sqlitebrowser [3] this can be done with a few mouse-clicks (look under -->modify table for a button "remove field". See also the Firefox SQLite Manager add-on [4], which is similar to SqliteBrowser.

Alternatively, you could try this approach, which is slightly fewer steps:

BEGIN TRANSACTION;
CREATE TABLE t1_new (
  foo  TEXT PRIMARY KEY,
  bar  TEXT,
  baz  INTEGER
);

INSERT INTO t1_new SELECT foo, bar, baz FROM t1;
DROP TABLE t1;
ALTER TABLE t1_new RENAME TO t1;
COMMIT;