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

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Is there a name for this “restricted one to many” relationship? Can it be enforced in the DB?

In an application I'm working on, we have a kind of "restricted one-to-many" relationship. I'm wondering if this has a name, and whether it's possible to enforce at the database level. A standard ...
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Oracle: DB *partial* constraint?

I am pretty new to Oracle and the database world. I am not sure if the title makes any sense at all, so I'll just go ahead and explain my situation. I currently have a table at hand that records ...
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What to use, CASCADE DELETE rule or ON DELETE trigger for one to many constraint?

I would like to ask about how to handle this relationship. For better view I've tried to simplify and convert my situation into how I think StackOverflow question voting has (sorry if not :-) I ...
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Maintaining referential integrity in a booking system

I am developing a second version of a corporate training booking system on Microsoft SQL Server 2005. I have 3 tables (simplified for this question). Table 1- CourseSize table- this determines the ...
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What does 'ibfk' stand for in MySQL?

If I create a foreign key constraint for table 'photos' in phpmyadmin, I later see that the constraint is named 'photos_ibfk_1', and the next constraint is called 'photos_ibfk_2', etc. From this I ...
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Tables with hierarchy: create a constraint to prevent circularity through foreign keys

Suppose we have a table that has a foreign key constraint to itself, like such: CREATE TABLE Foo (FooId BIGINT PRIMARY KEY, ParentFooId BIGINT, FOREIGN KEY([ParentFooId]) REFERENCES ...
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Usage of RESTRICT or No ACTION in FOREIGN KEY Constraints

Sorry if this question is naive, but I was unable to understand possible usage of RESTRICT or No ACTION. Consider a simple database of CREATE TABLE column1 ( first_id int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, ...
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Having a unique ID for 2 different tables

We would like to use two different tables, one will hold an object when it is 'Active', and the other will hold the object once it becomes'Non-Active'. The ID is therefore unique per both tables ...
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How do you create a relationship to a non-primary key in SQL Server?

I have a Users table which has two columns a primary key called UserID and another column called UserName. UserID (int) PK UserName (varchar(256) They are both unique but I decided for reasons to ...
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If A is next to B, how to automatically assert that B is next to A

I am working in Access 2010. Let's say I have a database that tracks where packages sit in a warehouse. Table: Packages PackageID (PK) PackageHeight PackageWidth PackageWeight PackageOwner (etc) ...
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PostgreSQL multi-column unique constraint and NULL values

I have a table like the following: create table my_table ( id int8 not null, id_A int8 not null, id_B int8 not null, id_C int8 null, constraint pk_my_table primary key (id), constraint ...
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Temporarily disable checking of constraints

I'm bulk inserting rows into a database and I'm finding (through the query analyser) that the foreign key constraints are taking about 20% of the insertion time. I've tried creating a separate index ...
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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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How to write a check constraint to disallow empty varchar fields?

On SQL Server not nullable varchar columns can hold empty strings. Under ORACLE they can't, because varchar2 treat '' as equivalent to NULL. If you design a database schema suitable for both RDBMS ...
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unique key violation occuring on a unique value combination

SQL SERVER 2008 I have a mapping table that contains a deleted date column. Since the table uses a surrogate key as its unique identifier there is a uniqueness constraint on the table. This ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 - How to check Foreign Key constraints in a transaction only when committed?

We are synchronizing tables between two databases (yes, it needs to be done by our software and not by replication etc.) Both databases are identical with many foreign-key constraints on tables. ...
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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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function based index as a conditional unique key?

I have a search table which has a generated primary key PK_ID,and also has primary keys from three or four other tables in the FK_ID column CREATE TABLE METADATA ( PK_ID NUMBER(10) ...
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Any way around unique index 16 column max

According to the CREATE INDEX documentation: Up to 16 columns can be combined into a single composite index key. We've got a table with ~18 columns that need to form a unique combination. This ...
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How to get dependencies order

I have a Database Called Total and I have about 40 tables in it.I am trying to move the tables in the database into a different server So I have prepared all the create table scripts but the problem ...
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How can I help SQL Server recognize my view column is NOT NULL-able?

I have the following indexed view defined in SQL Server 2008 (you can download a working schema from gist for testing purposes): CREATE VIEW dbo.balances WITH SCHEMABINDING AS SELECT user_id ...
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Check constraint only one of three columns is non-null

I have a (SQL Server) table that contains 3 types of results: FLOAT, NVARCHAR(30), or DATETIME (3 separate columns). I want to ensure that for any given row, only one column has a result and the other ...
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Trusted Constraints and NOT FOR REPLICATION

Version and Build: SQL Server 2005 SP4 (9.0.5000) As a disclaimer of sorts, I am asking this question to generate some discussion and/or debate on the topic. I don't know if there is really a ...
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How to implement a 'default' flag that can only be set on a single row

For example, with a table similar to this: create table foo(bar int identity, chk char(1) check (chk in('Y', 'N'))); It doesn't matter if the flag is implemented as a char(1), a bit or whatever. I ...
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How to mark an item as “Expired” when it's ExpiryDate value is in the past?

I have a table of items, each of which has a Status and ExpiryDate. What is the best way of enforcing this: when ExpireyDate > DateTime.Now update Status to "expired" I could have a stored ...
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Does making a field unique make it indexed?

If I make a unique constraint on a field, do I also need to make an index on that field in order to get a scalable insert time? Or is this done for me (even if the index it uses isn't publicly ...
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Dropping a constraint (index) on a column

How can I modify the type on a table that has an index on it? I tried to do an alter column on an empty table to modify the type from date time to varchar(15) and got errors saying that it had ...
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Running a database without constraints

We're looking at utilizing a new proprietary high performance database engine for OLAP and OLTP scenarios. One important aspect of it right now is that it does not support foreign key or other ...
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Non-unique multicolumn foreign key

I have a "comments" table that models a conversation on a topic, like this: id serial topic_id integer parent_comment_id integer body text So, every comment has a reference to its topic AND ...
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Unique Constraints on Nullable Columns in SQL Server 2005

In this one project I am working on, I need to set a particular field to be unique (not a problem!) but if the field is null I want the constraint to be ignored. In Sql Server 2008 I use filtered ...
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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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Dropping duplicate|redundant Unique Constraint from FILESTREAM table

I have a table with a FILESTREAM column, and it has two unique constraints specified for the same FILESTREAM column, ie: ALTER TABLE [dbo].[TableName] ADD CONSTRAINT ...