A type of integrity constraint used in a RDBMS platform to ensure that a value in a column matches one of a range of key values from another table.

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MySQL - Normalization over meaningless data - Compound Primay Keys or Surrogate ID field

Please forgive my title; if you have a suggestion for it, feel free to comment. I have a database: DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `books`; CREATE TABLE `books` ( `isbn` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL, `title` ...
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Generalisation in databases

I am working on a Hospital Management project in DB2. I have one table for staff with a primary key of staff_id. The hospital has to have different staff... e.g doctors,nurses,e.t.c. Is it better to ...
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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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If foreign keys/cascade deletes are bad, why use a database-server with that feature?

I noticed wordpress/rails etc do not use foreign keys constraint or cascade deletes features from database. Instead they handle this in PHP/Ruby/scripting level! I have read this and this. Most ...
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How can I create a Foreign Key to a Compound Primary Key with a single column?

I am working with a 'lookup' style table that is already in place, which has a compound primary key (not my design) in Microsoft SQL Server 2012. I want to add a foreign key to it in another table, ...
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Postgres - Create table with foreign key constraint too slow

I have a table called "Account" that is a heavily used table, has 17 columns and has upwards of 300,000 rows. I am trying to create a new table, "NewTable", that has a foreign key constraint to ...
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Is it necessary to drop foreign keys before adding a null column to a table and then re-add them?

I have generated some SQL Server(2008) upgrade scripts using SqlCompare. The primary objective is to add a null column. However, the generated script wants to drop foreign keys in a couple of other ...
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How do you avoid a foreign key constraint creating deadlocks?

So I have two tables that create a deadlock. The application literally do nothing but update two different tables in two different transactions. There is a foreign key constraint (not cascading, just ...
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What is the optimal solution for converting a database schema?

I actually want to get rid of the existing constraints in the database which I know sounds crazy but we are upgrading our application to a new framework which relies on the foreign key constraint ...
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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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EAV-like table with both primary column pointing to the same foreign column

Background: I'm a programmer who, while had to work with simple databases several times, never had to work with complex ones. I.e. I'm proficient with basic stuff, but clueless about advanced features ...
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Performance effect of indexing foreign keys

My database is for an HR application with performance reviews and I am interested in whether I should index my foreign key. There are two tables involved. The first is a ratings table with 2 columns: ...
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How much do foreign keys affect performance?

I'm reviewing an SQL Server 2008R2 installation having large performance problems. Currently I'm looking into its indexes and foreign keys and have found out that none of the tables have any foreign ...
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MySQL Foreign Key Prevents Deleting Table — But Table is Empty

Why would dropping an empty table produce a foreign key error? In MySQL, I have a table with the following definition CREATE TABLE `enterprise_rma` ( `entity_id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL ...
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Pair of 2-tuple composite FKs pointing to same table (closure table pattern)

I don't have much experience with DB design, and having a hard time figuring out what's wrong with the following: Table father has a composite PK (col1, col2) Table closure has ancestor(a-col1, ...
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How to enforce a nullable foreign key?

I have a relation between two tables. The foreign key table can have a row related in the primary table. There's a way to enforce the value of the FK column to be NULL or one of the values of the PK ...
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Unique foreign key constraint between three tables

I'd like to track appointment attendances. Visitors can have appointments, or they can just turn up. If they have an appointment, and miss it, in which case I'd like to record a reason for the missed ...
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Constructing Circularly Referenced Tables

I'm attempting to construct two tables in Oracle, A and B; each of these tables reference each other. In my script, I have the foreign key constraints 'in-line' of the create table statements. Of ...
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Conditionally join table

I'm new to database design and have designed a database that seems fine for the application but looks like it has a major red flag to me. I have a master table which is then joined to another table ...
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MATCH FULL vs MATCH SIMPLE

I've noticed a MATCH SIMPLE or MATCH FULL option in phpPgAdmin, but I can't find a description in the docs. How do they function? The default is set to MATCH SIMPLE.
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Need for indexes on foreign keys

I'm struggling with indexes, primary keys and foreign keys... And the need of having them all. If I have two tables, both of them have an integer as a primary key. The first table references ...
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Insert Row With Foreign Key Equal to ID - Circular Reference

In MySQL database I have an events table which has a circular reference to itself with the following columns. id (PK) | user_id (FK) | event_id (FK) | title Each new row inserted has a circular ...
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foreign key constraints on same table

I have a table structure like this. tblquestion ( nQuestionId1 INT UNSIGNED PRIMARY KEY AUTO_INCREMENT NOT_NULL, nQuestionId2 INT UNSIGNED ALLOW NULL ); Here..nQuestionId2 has a foreign key ...
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Linking identifiers across tables in MySQL (Foreign Keys)

Given a simplified example of two tables table Contact(ID int primary key, Name text not null) table ContactPhone(ContactID int not null, PhoneNumber text not null) Is there a way to tell MySQL ...
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Question on Design for User + User Groups + User Types + Subscriptions Model

I am redeveloping an existing web application with both weak source code and a weak underlying database design. I'm trying to develop things in a way that future expansion will be much easier, ...
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Error Creating Foreign Key in Oracle

I have 2 tables: PRODUCTS PREFIX SUFFIX ATTR1 ATTR2 ----------------------------------------------------- 001 AAA 50 100 001 BBB 20 300 010 ...
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Do you need to include all foreing keys of a parent table in the child table?

Suppose you have a table my_table ----------- id name foreign_id And you are creating another table that will reference my_table. I think that this would be enough: other_table ----------- id name ...
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Can triggers be used to implement automated polymorphic association?

(Apologies for any bad formatting or ignorance of common practices within this community; this is my first question here.) I'm attempting to (re)design a MySQL database for a personal social ...
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Relational modeled design to store versioned files

The scenario I have images in a database table and some of these need to be altered then re-saved(not overwriting the original) whilst providing a reference back to the original. I also save the ...
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How to establish a Two-to-One table relationship (PK-FK-CK)?

My question is about DB design and its principles. I am working on a Python application where objects are mapped to database tables. I have Projects and People objects, mapped to their respective ...
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Many to many link tables with history? [closed]

While creating a PostgreSQL database of customer subscribed services with DNS domains, I want to: enable customers to subscribe to multiple services each service can have multiple domain names per ...
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Partitioning a Table Referenced by a Foreign Key

I have one table: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[entry] ( [ID] [bigint] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [EntryDate] [datetime] NOT NULL, [createddate] [datetime] NOT NULL, CONSTRAINT [PK_Entry_ID] ...
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Two primary keys to one foreign key

racing_couple ID (PRIMARY) breeding_couple ID (PRIMARY) egg IDpar(FOREIGN KEY) I have 2 IDs from 2 different tables (racing_couple and breeding_couple) and they are primary keys. In 3. table (egg) ...
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prevent MySQL Workbench to add index for foreignkey constraint when it is first part of primary

I know for each foreign key we should make an index on its column, But it is not necessary when that column in first part of PRIMARY index. MySQL accepts this query: CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS ...
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MySQL Unique Index Keylength

I am hashing keys from one table that provides a 256 bit (64 char length) alphanumeric string that I intend to use in a second table as a foreign key. The engine of choice here is InnoDB. There are ...
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Foreign key with multiple table options

I'm not sure if the title is very good, feel free to suggest a better one. People can "comment" on different objects of my site,similarly to StackExchange (for example they can comment on a Question, ...
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Foreign key constraints with MySQL/InnoDB

I am try to do some performance testing with varchar foreign keys vs int foreign keys and was wondering how foreign key constraints effect performance of MySQL. I assume that they effect ...
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Will a row update check all child tables which have foreign key relationships in InnoDB?

I have a master table and around 60 to 70 child tables, all are InnoDB tables and have foreign key relationships with the master table. Foreign key relations are On-Delete Cascade and On-Update ...
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InnoDB foreign key and index duplication?

I'm have a part table like this: part_id INT manufacturer_id INT supplier_id INT part_number VARCHAR(50) part_description VARCHAR(120) with foreign ...
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multivalued weak key in ER database modeling

I was wondering since i didnt find out any clarification for this. I want to store movies that exist in different formats (dvd, bluray etc) and the price for each format differs from each other as ...
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Need suggestion for placing foreign keys in the databases

I have the database for customers. The customers table is something like this +------------------+ | Customers | +------------------+ | id (PK) | | business_email | | business_name ...
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Normalization: 'zip code' as a primary key

I've seen frequently that you should not have all address fields (zip, street, city, state, country, etc) in the same table as your user info table (pk_id, name, email... ). This would be in ...
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Recursive self joins

I have a comments table, which can be simplified down to this: comments ======= id user_id text parent_id where parent_id is nullable, but might be a key for its parent comment. Now, how can I ...
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Mysql error while creating FK

here is structure of both tables category table CREATE TABLE category ( `catID` bigint(20) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `title` varchar(60) NOT NULL, `created_at` timestamp NOT NULL DEFAULT ...
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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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Using a foreign key on multiple fields in one table

Simple question probably. For two tables. A one to many relation is created from A -> B, TeamID -> Fk_Team, however there are multiple fields that need to reference this one relationship how does ...
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Table for optional parent/child relationship

Assuming we have the following table: Item, Parent, Child and Parent is the parent of child. The item can either belong to a parent or child and not both. I have other tables that are similar to ...
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How to model a 1..1 Composition Relationship

We have a couple of entities/relationships of the following kind: Entity Event has a TimePoint The TimePoint contains time information about the event. It belongs to that event and cannot be used by ...
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What problem prevents well defined behavior of a foreign key on a non-unique column?

In my noob opinion, it strikes me that in a serialized environment, this shouldn't be a problem. Is that correct? If not, please explain to me why a foreign key's behavior on a non-unique column is ...
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Understanding the output of \d <table> in psql

Say I run the following command: \d mtb.big_table I get the output shown below. My questions are: What are column modifiers? (what does default now() mean?) Under Indexes, Why do some indices ...