Find objects with mix Distinct and Order_by

Dear Django Peoples,

I had a small problems with my filters :
I am trying to add the “distinct” function to my sentence, but it seems not working when it is mix with the order_by filter.
This is working :
my_objects_list = Peoples_Push.objects.all().filter(mail__length__lt = 100).order_by(’-the_date’)
my_objects_list = Peoples_Push.objects.all().distinct(‘mail’)

But this is not working :
my_objects_list = Peoples_Push.objects.all().distinct(‘mail’).order_by(’-the_date’)

And the error is this one :
Exception Value:
SELECT DISTINCT ON expressions must match initial ORDER BY expressions

Do you have an idea to how to do that ?

Thanks for your help


What do you think that this error message is telling you?

Also, see the docs for distinct() at QuerySet API reference | Django documentation | Django

I am using PostGreSQL … so it doesn’t work :(((

Thanks for your help Ken

What do you mean? The examples in that section states that they all work on PostgreSQL.

Sorry I am french and my english is not very good.
I found the problem, the item in the DISTINCT and the ORDER_BY mus t be the same
this is not possible :

They do not need to be the same.

The restriction is that everything in the distinct must also be in the order_by. However, you can have additional fields in the order_by that are not listed in the distinct.

You are correct, what you specifically listed is not valid.

However, .order_by('the_mail', '-the_date').distinct('the_mail') would be.

Yes, I try this sentence.
But I need to display the objects sort first by the_date and not the_mail …

You can use a Subquery for this. You can write your filter / distinct as a subquery, returning the value of the rows to be used. The outer query can then filter on that set and order by the date field.

Thanks for your help, I will try this