A declarative mechanism such as a check or foreign key that enforces some data integrity rule in a database.

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How to enforce the structural constraints of rectangularly arrayed data?

(I'm particularly interested in answers that view the question below as a special case of the question: how should a RDBMS enforce structural constraints that are more specific than "one-to-many" and ...
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Adding standard set of constraints (rules) to PostGIS `raster` type column

Following on from my related prior question, let me elaborate this topic a bit. raster2pgsql is a raster loader executable that loads GDAL supported raster formats in PostGIS. It has a -C flag ...
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Is it possible to have a unique key condition based on another value?

I have a table with the following columns: ID, STRING_VALUE, ENUM_VALUE, CATEGORY_IDENTIFIER I'd like to create a condition that won't allow two identical ENUM_VALUEs, but only if their ID is also ...
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Creating a unique constraint on a PostGIS 'raster' type column

I am using the following command to add constraints to one of the raster image in PostGIS-2.1.3 (PostgreSQL-9.1.14). ALTER TABLE schema1.table1 ADD CONSTRAINT enforce_scalex_rast unique (rast); But ...
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cascade delete doesn't work even though constraint is added

I created the following table: CREATE TABLE message_link ( id serial NOT NULL, thread_id integer, message_id integer, user_id integer, read boolean NOT NULL, CONSTRAINT message_link_pkey ...
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How to put this particular constraint on this link table in MySQL? [duplicate]

I have the following three tables in MySQL: Store, Groups, StoreGroup. A store can belong to several groups. StoreGroup is the link table that records the groups a store belongs to. The Groups table ...
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Restrict two specific column values from existing at the same time

I have a PostgreSQL example table where at most one row that is not of type 'c' should be allowed. I would appreciate any help creating a constraint that will enforce this. CREATE TABLE example ( ...
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foreign key constraint violation issue

I have identified 3 situations. A student with no enrollments. A student with enrollments but no grades. A student with enrollments and grades. There is a trigger on the enrollments table to ...
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SQL Server - constraint to prevent overlapping dates [duplicate]

I saw this wonderful article called "CHECK Constraint To Avoid Overlapping Data" It basically boils down to this: CREATE TABLE Reservations (ReservationID int NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, ...
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Making a column immutable in MySQL

I want to make a column in a relation unmodifyable for consistency reasons. The backstory is that I have a n:n relationship where the "connecting" relation has additional values. I don't want that ...
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Clarify unique constraint and index, cannot grasp the concepts to 100% [duplicate]

When reading about UNIQUE, I understand the concept but when it comes to the practical part of it, I get confused and I'm unsure of what it means. What I do understand, is that there are two ways to ...
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PostgreSQL: How does the implicit index work when using “COPY” for loading bulk rows into a newly created table?

What I know for fast loading bulk rows into a new table is: Create the table(without creating the index) Use "COPY" to load data from a file into the table Create the index What if I added a ...
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SQL Server - Is it possible to forbid creation of default constraint name?

I was having a looking on this article about default constraints and I have a question. Is there a configuration in SQL Server 2008 that forbid naming creation of new default constraints declared ...
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When should I use a unique constraint instead of a unique index?

When I want a column to have distinct values, I can either use a constraint create table t1( id int primary key, code varchar(10) unique NULL ); go or I can use a unique index create table t2( id ...
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Cannot add foreign key constraint while creating table

My Error Code is 1215 which finds problem with the foreign key constraint. I know all fields are the same data types. I can't see where the problem is. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks! ...
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How to insert data into tables which reference each other?(MySQL)

I'm a student and right now I have a problem that I couldn't solve by myself(after searching on the Internet). I'm not going to give my «homework» because I want to learn what I'm doing but I will ...
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SQL Check Constraint that requires a not null value in a column based on the value of another column

I have a table with the following two columns OnSite BIT NOT NULL ClientId INT NULL I want to add a constraint that requires ClientId to be NOT NULL when OnSite is true(1). I could not find ...
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Complex constraint across all data in a table

We have a table to record processing that occurs on a system and we need to ensure that only a single row has an 'in process' status. I want to ensure that the result of this is always either zero or ...
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Primary key within JSON data in Postgresql

I have a table t, with a column called json, of type JSON. Within the JSON there is a natural key: > SELECT json->'id' AS id FROM t LIMIT 1; id ...
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Alternatives to NULL for missing data [duplicate]

I am using PostgreSQL and trying to write value constraints. Is it possible to record missing data as distinct from NULL values in a numeric field without using an arbitrary numeric value? For many ...
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Require uniqueness with group by

I'm not sure how to couch this question. I have a table that has multiple columns including an id column, a foreign key column 'JobId', and a 'GxpId' column. I have a requirement that a 'JobId' can ...
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Listing indexes and constraints

I am looking at a SQL Server database for an application I have inherited. I have not looked into SQL Server for approximately 10 years, so please bear with me. The database table I am looking at has ...
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How do I validate all my constraints in postgresql?

It seems like I have been bitten by the first bug described in the release notes of postgresql 9.3.4: http://www.postgresql.org/docs/devel/static/release-9-3-4.html I now have e.g. duplicate primary ...
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Confused on how a value gets added with the DEFAULT constraint

A recent definition I've read about Default Constraints: DEFAULT is specified for a column to assign a column a specific value if no value is specified when a row is added. I believe I've seen code ...
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How can I model and enforce constraints on a categorical item contained in a collection?

Scenario: There is a collection of items where each item belongs to 1 category. There is a collection of buckets which may contain at most 1 item from each category. Oh, and an item may belong to at ...
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Two relations to same table in SQL Server

I've got two tables. When I delete a row in Table1, I want to set the ID of that row in all the rows of Table2 to NULL. I've got two relationships on Table1. The problem is: I can only set one delete ...
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check constraint does not work?

I have the following table. create table test ( id smallint unsigned AUTO_INCREMENT, age tinyint not null, primary key(id), check (age<20) ); The problem is that the CHECK ...
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Two different unique constraints for 1 table?

I must enforce uniqueness within my table, But I cannot seem to find anywhere online(mysql manual,forums,stack overflow) talk about two unique constraints within one table. Why you might ask I need ...
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design DB review and check constraint for postalcode help?

Hi. I created this database to just to sharpen my skill. I have one Question - when I create I make the FOREIGN KEY personID in Addresses table but I changed it to be AddressID in Persons table ...
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User defined table type with a check constraint

I have a user defined table type where I want to make sure that a certain column is within a given range. This range however is defined in another table. So I thought I can use a check constraint on ...
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MYSQL - Problem with foreign keys on same table

In Mysql 5.5, I have a table, in which I store some informations about "events".. In order to have a chronological order, I made two columns that reference to the previous and to the next event. So I ...
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Does a SQL server unique constraint partially or fully fail a multi-row write?

If some rows of a writing query fails a unique constraint, will only those writes be rejected, or will the entire query fail?
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Error adding constraint foreign key to bridge table

Hi there I am fairly new to sql development. I am current following the head first into mysql book and is on chapter 6. On chapter 6 there is a table in third normal form but it does not contains the ...
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Accept null value on parent column in multipart relationship

EDIT: I've come up with one poor solution (below) that requires some denormalization, but does avoid the risks of UDFs in CHECK constraints. I would appreciate your help if you have a better answer. ...
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Two-column foreign key constraint only when third column is NOT NULL

Given the following tables: CREATE TABLE verified_name ( id SERIAL PRIMARY KEY, name TEXT NOT NULL, email TEXT NOT NULL, UNIQUE (name, email) ); CREATE ...
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CHECK constraint ignored during INSERT SELECT

I have the following 2 tables (simplified): CREATE TABLE dbo.[StagingTable] ( HostName [nvarchar] (max) NULL ,UserName [nvarchar] (max) NULL ,AccountType [nvarchar] (max) NULL ) CREATE TABLE ...
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On which filegroup will constraints be created by default when adding them to a table on a filegroup and how should they be separeated?

We have multiple filegroups, that look something like this: PRIMARY (default) app_data app_index When I create a table on filegroup app_data CREATE TABLE Person ( [PersonID] INT NOT NULL ...
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Conditional when creating a domain

How can I define or change a domain based on another attribute value? F.e. domain for salary is a numeric value > 500. But if a date the person was hired > January 1st, 2013, then the salary must be ...
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Create constraint for stopping mass update to a table

I want to create a constraint so that if more than 5 rows in a table are getting updated with an UPDATE statement it should warn the user / block the query.
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Unique constraint on multiple nullable columns Sql Server

We have a PriceCombo table with the following columns: id (not null), a_id(null),b_id(null),c_id(null), discount(not null). We are using this table to figure out which price to assign various combos ...
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postgresql multi column unique or check constraint

First a word of pleading. To say I am a newbie to postgresql would be an insult to the newbies! I have been working on this for only a day or so. I have found several questions on this site, and ...
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How can I change Referential Integrity from a Unique Key Constraint to a Primary Key?

(without dropping foreign keys) I have migrated a SQL Server CE database to SQL Server 2012, however, referential integrity was enforced via unique key constraints on the surrogate INT identity ...
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PostgreSQL 9.2 tstzrange null/infinity CONSTRAINT CHECK

I'd like to limit a PostgreSQL 9.2 tstzrange to valid dates at both ends. No NULLs nor 'infinity'. Various revisions of this SQL isn't constraining '-/+infinity' input: CREATE TABLE bill ( id ...
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PostgreSQL Cascade Delete not working

What am I missing here? I have two tables: CREATE TABLE source ( "sourceid" serial, "state" character varying(255) REFERENCES states (state), "leadtime" character varying(255), CONSTRAINT ...
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What can do a table constraint that a column constraint can't do? [closed]

Had an exam today. One question disturbed me: Q: What can a table constraint do that a column constraint can't do? A: My answer was that only a table constraint can declare a composite primary key. ...
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Constrains relationship

I have the following design. Each user has it's own contacts, it's own hosts and assign those to a domain which belongs only to him. I want to insure that the host you assign to the domain belongs ...
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Oracle, Create table with inline constraint declarations using a different tablespace

I have two questions about inline constraints declarations for Oracle tables: Is it a bad practice? If so, why? How could one declare a different tablespace for the primary key and index like it's ...
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MySQL: update instead of delete if foreign key constraint?

I have a bit of a strange question. I know about insert on duplicate key update. My question is, is there something similar for deletes that fail because of foreign key constraints? For example: ...
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MySQL - unique constraints design

I am using MySQL and looking to solve a problem with relational data. I am not sure it is possible but wanted to ask the community. Please consider the diagram: I would like to add a unique ...
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Unique constraint across two columns

I need to add a constraint with two columns that says if any given value is present in one of the columns, then: 1) It cannot be duplicated in the same column. 2) It cannot be duplicated in the ...