Specifies the type of data being stored (string, date, numeric, etc).

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Why aren't unsigned integer types available in the top database platforms?

Databases are usually very customizable with varying data types and custom lengths. It surprises me, as I try to look for the syntax to use unsigned int types that they are not available from neither ...
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Understanding MS SQL Server Date Types

Consider the following: declare @dt datetime, @dt2 datetime2, @d date set @dt = '2013-01-01' set @dt2 = '2013-01-01' set @d = '2013-01-01' select convert(varbinary, @dt) as dt, ...
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Data type for a fuzzy date?

I want to store partial information related to a date. I might know the year and month but not the day. I might know the day and month but not the year. I might know the date lies in an open or closed ...
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How to set constraints on UDT in SQL Server 2005 - 2012

I'm creating my UDT: CREATE TYPE [dbo].[Code] FROM VARCHAR(20) NOT NULL As RULES and DEFAULTS are considered deprecated, what is the recommended way to set constraint on my type to make sure that ...
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Which SQL datatypes exist since when and in which RDBMS? [closed]

I found a general comparision of different SQL implementations that only covers some data types (BOOLEAN and TIMESTAMP) and a comparision of datat type support in different RDBMS from 2009 that does ...
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How can I convert from Double Precision to Bigint with PostgreSQL?

I need to convert a value of Double Precision to Bigint with PostgreSQL. How can I do that? I have tried with to_bigint(myvalue) but that function didn't exist.
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Datatype bigger than bigint

I want to use dataype which can hold more than 19 digits. So is there any datatype available which can hold larger than 19 digits?
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How to restrict sequence like ID type to C type like int64_t, uint64_t, int32_t?

In C99 I can be pretty clear about the size/domain of an integer type. When interfacing a SQL database like Oracle or Postgresql from a C program I want to create a table with integer types that ...
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what is bigger than a longblob?

the longblob is the biggest data type of Mysql. If I want to save something bigger than 4gb (longblob) how can I do?. I'm talking about Mysql v-5.+
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Mapping SQL Server integer to Oracle Datatype

Well I know, that an SQL Server integer is best represented by NUMBER(10). But sometimes I have migrate some maintenance scripts to Oracle and I wonder if I must carefully map integer to NUMBER(10) ...
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How to save an interval of years in postgresql

I have to save an interval of years, like: id intervalYears 1 2014/2015 2 2015/2016 3 2016/2017 And so on. Those years are like accademic years, so the first year must be lesser then the second, ...
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Oracle integer to number conversion

According to the Oracle documentation, creating a table with a column of ANSI type INT, Oracle will convert it to NUMBER(38). According to the same document, NUMBER(38) is supposed to be a NUMBER ...
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Are mime types only for file storage? [closed]

If I have a plain-text field on a web form (not a file upload) inserting its content into my table, would it be wrong for me to set a mime type 'text' to it, or would it be safer?
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Moving data from table with VARCHAR(50) fields to table with numeric fields increases table size

I want to understand why migrating data in a table with all VARCHAR(50) fields to a table with optimized smaller types caused the new table (containing 61,065,164 rows) to be 4.46 GB, which is larger ...
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Changing a column data type from datetime to float

I have a table with a float column. All values in this column for all records are NULL. I want to change the data type to datetime. I executed the query: ALTER TABLE MyTable ALTER Column MyColumn ...
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Why does postgres use more space for a time with timezone than a timestamp with timezone?

The documentation on date/time data types state that timestamp with timezone takes 8 bytes, while time with timezone takes 12 bytes. They both have the same resolution (1 microsecond), and on the face ...
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Estimate large database size and speed

First I want to know how to estimate the database size regarding the biggest table it will contains. I've the following : +----------+------------------+------+-----+---------+-------+ | Field | ...
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PostgreSQL bytea vs smallint[]

I'm looking to import large (100Mb -- 1 GB) multi-channel time-series data into a PostgreSQL database. The data comes from EDF format files that chunks the data into "records" or "epochs" of typically ...
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Cannot SUM datetime field in SQL Server migrated from Access

I am new here and am new to SQL Server (Express). I used the SSMA tool and it converted Access date/time fields to datatime2. The data contains duration data so there is no need for a date. I want to ...
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Query to return output column names and data types of a query, table or view

Is there a PostgreSQL query or command that returns the field names and field types of a query, table or view? E.g., a solution if applied to simple SELECT query like SELECT * from person should ...
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What data type should I use: ENUM, TINYINT, or CHAR?

I'm creating a new table and I would like to do it right. The table will be a list of members with their Professional Type and Decile associated. The Professional Type is a 3-character string. There ...
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Storing XML in varchar(MAX) or use SQL-XML

I am defining a schema for a new set of resources using SQL Server 2008... In this case, each record (e.g. row) will need to store XML fragments. From time-to-time; although not frequently; I'll need ...
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Use of integer instead of interval (of one type)

Our DB design presently has a interval column which will only be storing days (no other interval type) so it is making sense to use INT2 (smallint) instead of interval. Reference to documentation. ...
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changing float->numeric casts from assignment to implicit, dangerous?

In porting an application to PostgreSQL (9.1), one odd SQL incompatibility I've discovered concerns the round() function, specifically the version that takes a second argument indicating the rounding ...
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Why does the behavior of array syntax differ from '(?,?)' syntax when updating a point field and that field is NULL?

I'm using PostgreSQL 9.3.5. Suppose I have the following table: CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE point_test ("name" varchar(255), "pt" point); I then insert a row, leaving pt NULL: INSERT INTO point_test ...
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Good layout of 3d point data for spatial queries in Postgres?

Like shown in another question, I deal with a lot (>10,000,000) entries of points in a 3D space. These points are defined like this: CREATE TYPE float3d AS ( x real, y real, z real); If I am ...
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Is 'internallength' always useful in custom type definition in Postgres?

In our database we use a custom type to store 3D locations: CREATE TYPE float3d AS ( x real, y real, z real); In many examples I see INTERNALLENGTH used as a parameter with the definition of ...
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Changing data type from mediumint to int without downtime

My current table is using MEDIUMINT for ID column ‘primary key auto increment’. The current table records soon will reach the maximum value for mediumint which is 8388607. That being the case, I need ...
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Unknown returned type in PostgreSQL query

The following query works: SELECT a, b FROM unnest(ARRAY[(1,2), (3,4)]) AS t(a integer, b integer); a b _ _ 1 2 3 2 However, I wasn't able to use a different column type such as varchar(255): ...
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Oracle Table Design, Storing Small Values

In Oracle if you want to store a small value, such as a one digit code (e.g. 0, 1, 2, 3 4, or Null; or Null, or 1; or 1, or 2), what is the space optimal way to store such a value. Currently I'm ...
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Constrain a postgres timestamp to “End of day”?

Given a table named bananas and a timestamp without time zone column named end_time and some psql clients have set timezone to 'UTC' and other psql clients have set timezone to 'US/Eastern' and the ...
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Database events that will cause deletion of index

In SQL server if we try to change a data type of a column having index ,then it deletes the indexes associated with that column and changes the data type . I was not aware of it and was faced problem ...
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Column size with datatype decimal

According to BOL for SQL Server 2008 R2 the data type decimal requires the following storage bytes: Precision Storage bytes 1 - 9 => 5 10-19 => 9 20-28 => 13 29-38 ...
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PostgreSQL Division In Query Not Working

So I am having a really off day or something, but for the life of me I can not figure this out. I am trying to divide tier1 by total to get a percentage of the total. I thought like this: (tier1 / ...
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Compare a date and a timestamp with time zone with now() in the same query?

I have multiple database servers I'm querying with a query that compares an expiration column with now(). The problem is that one of the servers' expiration column is a timestamp with time zone, and ...
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Can I use a Clob as a table key (from Java)?

Following a suggestion made to another question to store large amounts of text: can one use a CLOB as primary key field (i.e., from Java's DataNucleus implementation of JDO)? I know it is probably a ...
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What are the pro's and con's of using PostgreSQL vs MySQL for binary data?

I read that MySQL has binary safe blobs, but PostgreSQL does not. So far what I've found suggests that "binary safe" is something that really relates to functions and handling of data, not the data ...
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PostgreSQL: Separate tables vs single table to perserve disk space?

I have 2 tables with the below schemas with equal number of rows. When I run the SELECT relname, relpages FROM pg_class ORDER BY relpages DESC command, they show up as 23GB each even though the data ...
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Change in datatype?

I have a table on which rows are inserted on hourly basis. The row contains id, installation, product_id and hit_allowed. all of them were mediumint in the beginning. but few days back id reached it ...
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Create a Function in sql server without specifying return_data_type

I am trying to create a Scalar-valued function in SQL server, without specifying the return_data_type i want to be able to return any datatype based on a parameter sent by the function caller e.g. ...
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Oracle implicit parameter casting - why doesn't it always work? (ORA-06502 error)

I have a Java (Spring) app that uses Oracle 10 as DB. Some legacy code has wrong parametrization of PL/SQL procedures. For instance, some input parameters are declared as OracleTypes.VARCHAR in Java ...
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Is there any point in specifying the precision and scale of a number for a foreign key?

I am running Oracle 11gR2 11.2.0.3. I have two tables: table1 contains a column named SUBJECT_ID, whose datatype is NUMBER(7,0) (numbers range from 13 to 48480) table2 contains a a column named ...
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Is this an example of an Enum (Enumerated Type)

I'm looking at a code base that I have inherited. I'm new to Postgres (but have an Oracle background), and I think this in one of the queries is an example of an enum. Can someone confirm if I'm ...
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Trigger doesn't run when value of a column changes from null to 1

I have this trigger: delimiter $$ create trigger tr after update on t1 for each row begin if new.col1 !=old.col1 then update t2 set col2 =1 where t2.col3=t1.col3; end if; end $$ This ...
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How can I define the datatype of a view in MySQL?

I've written a simple aggregation view over a table, and the view returns different data types that the table. This causes some issues on the application side. Here's a simplified query for the sake ...
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MySQL unclearness about DataType TIMESTAMP with DefaultValue CURRENT_TIMESTAMP

In MySQL InnDB engine I created TableColumn with data type TIMESTAMP and put there as default value CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, but this value are always changed to CURRENT_TIMESTAMP when I update that by ...
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Storing IPv4 and IPv6 hosts and networks

I have to store the IPv4/v6 address and networks(CIDR notation) in a MySQL database. Unfortunately, I am constrained to use Mysql. So, I'm looking for the equivalent of the inet type of PostgreSql. ...
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SQL Server - storing ulong as primary key

I need to store ulong values as a primary key in SQL Server. Since SQL Server doesn't have a ulong datatype (or for that matter anything unsigned), the only way to go is to have column as ...
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How to compare (in MySQL) a DATETIME value to a TIMESTAMP value?

I'm trying to understand how to compare a DATETIME value (ostensibly inserted as GMT) and a TIMESTAMP value (automatically generated at INSERT time). As I understand it, the DATETIME is set to ...
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Storing phone number in E.164

TLDR; If I store a phone number in MySQL(or any DB with equivalent constraints), would the correct format be E.164 values into a VARCHAR(32) field? Have been reading up on format/storage of ...