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Updated at: Sep 17, 2021 GMT+08:00

A role is a set of permissions. After a role is granted to a user through GRANT, the user will have all the permissions of the role. It is recommended that roles be used to efficiently grant permissions. For example, you can create different roles of design, development, and maintenance personnel, grant the roles to users, and then grant specific data permissions required by different users. When permissions are granted or revoked at the role level, these changes take effect on all members of the role.

GaussDB(DWS) provides an implicitly defined group PUBLIC that contains all roles. By default, all new users and roles have the permissions of PUBLIC. For details about the default permissions of PUBLIC, see GRANT. To revoke permissions of PUBLIC from a user or role, or re-grant these permissions to them, add the PUBLIC keyword in the REVOKE or GRANT statement.

To view all roles, query the system catalog PG_ROLES.


Adding, Modifying, and Deleting Roles

In non-separation-of-duty scenarios, a role can be created, modified, and deleted only by a system administrator or a user with the CREATEROLE attribute. In separation-of-duty scenarios, a role can be created, modified, and deleted only by a user with the CREATEROLE attribute.

  • To create a role, use CREATE ROLE.
  • To add or delete users in an existing role, use ALTER ROLE.
  • To delete a role, use DROP ROLE. DROP ROLE deletes only a role, rather than member users in the role.

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