In the database structured query language (SQL), the DELETE statement removes one or more records from a table.

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Tombstone Table vs Deleted Flag in database syncronization & soft-delete scenarios

I need to keep track of deleted items for client synchronization needs. In general, is it better to add a tombstone table and a trigger that tracks when a row was deleted from the server database - ...
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How to find out who deleted some data SQL Server

My boss had a query from a customer yesterday asking how they could find out who deleted some data in their SQL Server database (it is the express edition if that matters). I thought this could be ...
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I need to run VACUUM FULL with no available disk space

I have one table that is taking up close to 90% of hd space on our server. I have decided to drop a few columns to free up space. But I need to return the space to the OS. The problem, though, is ...
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Methods of speeding up a huge DELETE FROM <table> with no clauses

Using SQL Server 2005. I am performing a huge DELETE FROM with no where clauses. It's basically equivalent to a TRUNCATE TABLE statement - except I'm not allowed to use TRUNCATE. The problem is ...
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Why does DELETE leave a lingering effect on performance?

At the end is a test script for comparing the performance between a @table variable and a #temp table. I think I've set it up correctly - the performance timings are taken outside of the ...
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How to implement soft deletes?

What is your method of implementing soft deletes in a database? Ideally the solution would allow for decent performance on large tables take relationships into account take unique keys into account ...
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Can I do anything about a very long running KILL command?

I've got a table with 103M+ records in it and takes up 70GB on the disk. I decided to DELETE (in one statement) 70% of the records. As expected, this took an awfully long time to run. I decided to ...
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remove duplicate rows in mysql table that does not contain primary key

I have a table item having just one column name:- name ----- toys shirt mobile Shirt speaker Toys .... .... I am trying to delete duplicate rows except one duplicated record with the help of below ...
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Best way to delete very large recordset in Oracle

I manage an application which has a very large (nearly 1TB of data with more than 500 million rows in one table) Oracle database back end. The database doesn't really do anything (no SProcs, no ...
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Why is truncate DDL?

I have an interview question, which was asked during my interview. I answered the question, but interviewer was not so convinced with my answer. So, anyone please correct me with my understanding ? ...
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Optimizing DELETE Query on MySQL MEMORY Table

I run a large forum which maintains a MySQL database for backend data storage. The 'session' table tracks logged in users & guests. It is currently about 100k records, so not really that large. ...
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Single statement or batched delete?

I need to delete 6.3 million records from 25 tables in production. I have the following two queries, but I don't know which one will be best: delete jc from Jtable jc join J1Table j on j.JobId = ...
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Deleting data from a large table with replication

I need to delete all the rows from a given table. The table contains millions or records. The master database is being replicated to several slaves and I wish to do that without creating a replication ...
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MySQL master master replication, safe to delete rows on both masters?

We have a MySQL (v5.1.61) cluster with two masters (and two slaves). We have a table logs with a primary key column logID. This log table grows rather huge, and we'd like to delete data from it. So ...
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How to avoid locks by large transactions?

We have a large application running, that requires cleanup for performance reasons. This was however not forseen when designing the application. Basically, the delete is executed from a stored ...
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Delete from table where multiple fields match select subquery from other table

I want to delete an entry in a table where multiple fields match the results of another select subquery which takes data from another table. This is what I have so far, though it doesn't work: ...
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Delete by primary key takes too long

What would make a query that deletes a row using the primary key of the table .. take too long ? This is a table with about 1.4M rows that gets .. 70%/30% read/write . I don't know where to look. ...
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Slow DELETE in MySQL with a subquery

I am running the following DELETE SQL on a MySQL database on a MyISAM/utf8 table. The SQL is called in a loop, once time per Users (in this case):- DELETE FROM regulatory WHERE documentid IN ( ...
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Massive MySQL delete from CSV file

To insert massive CSV file into MySQL, there is LOAD DATA INFILE, but is there any similar command to delete massive entries with keys stored in a massive CSV file? If not, what would you see as the ...