if you have to replace every "select * …" with an explicit list of all columns
Unless you are introspecting the returned data to determine its structure or otherwise processing it very flexibly, you should be explicitly listing all of the columns you want to ensure that the data returned from the DB matches the order your program expects. "SELECT *" seems to be meant for interactive use and I suspect that the order of columns returned from that type of query is unspecified.
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