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

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Deferrable Foreign Key Constraints

What are the consequences of making a foreign key constraint DEFERRABLE INITIALLY IMMEDIATE instead of NONDEFERRABLE? This answer on StackOverflow mentions the performance impact that comes with no ...
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Multi-tenant database constraints

I have a multi-tenant app in PostgreSQL that has a repeated tenant_id column in each table to help isolate the tenants from each other. My question is, is there any sort of way that I can use ...
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Is unique index combined with a “not null” constraint equivalent to a PK constraint?

I have these legacy table definitions (from here): CREATE TABLE [dbo].[JobItems] ( [ItemId] UNIQUEIDENTIFIER NOT NULL, -- lots of other columns CONSTRAINT [PrimaryKey_GUID_HERE] ...
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Constrain Partial Values in Timestamp

I'm working on a some Create Table statements for a project I have. I have two columns (StartDate, EndDate) where the data type is Timestamp. One of the requirements is to ensure that the date is ...
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Compound key that only allows nulls if they are null in the referenced table

I want to create a compound foreign key constraint that only allows a null value in one of the columns if there is a matching row with a null value in the referenced table. Additionally, the ...
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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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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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Dealing with Invisible Referencers

Using Oracle database, suppose I have a parent table parent defined in schema A, and a child table child defined in schema B. To achieve this, schema A granted references privilege on parent to schema ...
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MariaDB error on alter table - table removed - constraint name is blocked

Today, we experienced a strange behavior in 5.5.41-MariaDB (InnoDB): An ALTER TABLE (add constraint) statement failed with error (mysql server has gone away after that). Then the database table ...
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What order do foreign key constraints run in? Why does my foreign key not work after import?

I have two tables tags and tag_memberships in a PostgreSQL database. On the tag_memberships table, I have two constraints. The first is this: ALTER TABLE tag_memberships ADD CONSTRAINT ...
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Cleaning up orphaned metadata in information_schema

OK - so the server (Percona 5.6 in this case) 'went away' in the middle of declaring a constraint like so: alter table mytable add constraint fk_mytable_myothertable foreign key (myothertable_id) ...
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Is there a workaround for the lack of foreign keys constraint to a partitioned table in PostgreSQL?

I have a big table A (~30 million lines) at the core of my model. Another table B has a foreign key referencing A. I would like to partition A using the well-known inheritance hack. Is there a ...
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Constraints on a junction table of many entity types?

Let's say I have the following database table and columns: Event: event_id, event_name School: school_id, school_name Automobile: automobile_id, automobile_name User: user_id, username ...
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Cannot drop constraint in SQL server 2008

When I try to delete a constraint, it gives me the following message: "The constraint is used by merge replication for identity management and cannot be dropped directly. Execute ...
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Email Column Constraint to Contain '@' character

How do you create an inline constraint for a Email Address Field that requires there be an "@" character? Pretty much I want there to be a restriction to the field so that the data entered must have ...
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How to combine a default value with a new value?

I need to start the value of a column with CON, so when I insert a new value, it needs to "combine" both default and new value; for example: In the CONTACTO_ASP2_TAB table, the column NOMBRE has to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why does mysql show Primary key constraint on a View?

As far as I know views cannot have a primary key. However the result of SELECT FROM KEY_COLUMN_USAGE says differ. PRIMARY | S_MOBILE_ITEM_VIEW | ID | ...