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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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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Why dropping all foreign keys from a script is not working? [on hold]

I have sysadmin rights on a SQL Server 2008 R2 box. I found a script that can drop all foreign keys and re-add them for us when we need to after a testing import. So I execute the below code with no ...
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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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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 ...
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Replication fails because of a non-existent foreign key

I have been trying to get a previously working replication to start working. I have tried many settings, but I can't seem to make it work. Here is the scenario. I dropped all the FK constraints ...
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Is it possible to force drop of mysql tables with FK?

For dropping a table in which a Foreign Key is used in other tables, it is necessary to drop all other tables having FK connection with the corresponding table. Is there a short way to drop a table, ...
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What is the benefit of two FK, when one of them can be deduced from another table?

The third party Microsoft SQL Server database I'm working on is using the structure which can be illustrated with this example: Let's take three tables: Shop which is the topmost level and ...
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Difference between On Delete Cascade & On Update Cascade in mysql

I have two tables in MySQL database- parent, child. I'm trying to add foreign key references to my child table based on the parent table. Is there any significant difference between ON UPDATE CASCADE ...
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Slow delete caused by many foreign keys

My DB has about 90 tables. Most of the tables have an UpdatedBy and AddedBy column that have foreign keys pointing back to the user table. With even moderate amounts of data spread throughout the ...
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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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Better way to manage data integrity, without having too many composite FK's

I have following tables: class_table (class_id = Auto Incremented Primary Key (AIPK) of this table) user_table (class_id, user_id (AIPK of this table)) course_table(class_id, course_id (AIPK of this ...
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MySQL: update instead of delete if foreign key constraint?

I have a bit of a strange question. I know about insert on duplicate key update. My question is, is there something similar for deletes that fail because of foreign key constraints? For example: ...
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How to link a customer to a country when the city/state isn't known

We have a situation where medical systems are sold to hospital groups, but at the time of the order, we don't always know into which state and city the system will be installed. We always know the ...
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Multiple primary keys

I am new to database design and have been looking at some example data models here. One thing I don't understand is if you have a table like client_addresses from the link above: ...
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How can I check the integrity of disabled foreign key relationships for each individual table? (SQL Server 2008)

I'm porting a huge legacy database that many different legacy frontends depend on. When I'm finished, a new frontend will be running alongside all the old legacy frontends minus the frontend I ...
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Usefulness of Foreign Key WITHOUT reference option

Sorry, if this is naive question, but I searched a lot and did not get a vivid answers. Consider a simple InnoDB FOREIGN KEY without ON DELETE or ON UPDATE I think this will avoid INSERT of a value ...
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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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“Transitive” keys

I have a central table, A, which will have a key that I'll call A_ID. Now, I have a table B in a "one to many" relationship with A (many B's map to one A). Each link will, of course, have a link ...
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Schema design - Reference slightly different data in different tables

I'm trying to design a schema for a MySQL database and got stuck on the following. My database stores documents which should have relations with blocks of content. create table document ( `id` ...
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Performance of checking for data in related tables

NB: this question is purely academic / to help improve my understanding of SQL Server performance. Given a master table which relates to one or more other tables, how would you determine the best ...
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How do I validate all my constraints in postgresql?

It seems like I have been bitten by the first bug described in the release notes of postgresql 9.3.4: http://www.postgresql.org/docs/devel/static/release-9-3-4.html I now have e.g. duplicate primary ...
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“Cannot add or update a child row” when deleting a record?

I have the two following tables: survey_main ---------- id name answers_main -------------- id survey_id I have the following foreign key constraint on the answers_main table: CONSTRAINT ...
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Foreign Key to Multicolumn Primary Key?

I have three connected table in my design. Basic logic is when a category deleted, also delete records in category_product table which has deleted category's id in its cat_id column. But when I tried ...
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Getting the data from a foreign key table

I have a table that relates a user to client using both their table id's UsersClients Table --------------------- | userid | clientid | --------------------- | 2 | 32 | | 3 ...
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Use single table with foreign key or two twin tables for text entries?

I have a table answers that has several columns including the content iself such as ID | q_id | list_id | user_module_id | content | updated_timestamp The content column is a varchar since we want ...
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Missing PK/FK after database migration

We recently had a server migration. A new server is now the PROD server, and what used to be the PROD server is now the staging environment. Apparently, the data was transferred correctly, but the ...
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MySQL - automatically update all references to specific table to use on delete cascade?

I have a specific table for one of my software packages on a MySQL 5.1 box which I need to drop a few hundred entries. These are user names with names in uppercase, the application is case specific ...
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How to use RESTRICT for Foreign Key in mysql?

In the database structure of CREATE TABLE Country ( name varchar(40) NOT NULL, PRIMARY KEY (name) ) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8; CREATE TABLE City ( name varchar(40) NOT NULL, ...
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Determining Homogeneity by Common Foreign Keys

I manage a MySQL database of ten or so tables. In higher code, I have a list of primary keys belonging to entries of some table A. These A entries have foreign keys to entries in another table B. The ...
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More Details for MySQL's errorno:150

When MySQL can't create a table due to a foreign key constraint problem, it returns the following error Can't create table 'dbname.table_name' (errno: 150) Is there anyway to have MySQL tell you ...
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How to insert data into tables which reference each other?(MySQL)

I'm a student and right now I have a problem that I couldn't solve by myself(after searching on the Internet). I'm not going to give my «homework» because I want to learn what I'm doing but I will ...
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How to design to avoid two-way reference between two tables [duplicate]

I am having a problem with foreign keys between two tables. I am trying to model a relationship between members of a club and their relatives. This is a straightforward many-to-one relationship, with ...
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Reasons for db2 foreign key error (-667) despite all rows appearing sane?

I have some csv formatted table dumps and loaded those into a new database with the tables defined by a DDL script from the source database (both acquired by somebody else so I cannot have a look at ...
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Allow self-referential foreign keys to be null from an alter-table

I am trying to establish a hierarchical relationship between rows in an existing table. There are two fields of interest: a not-nullable primary key field id, and a second nullable field parentId. ...
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How to normalize data en-masse?

Goal: Extract address fields from a users table into a separate addresses table linked by foreign key. I have created the structure below, and have millions of rows to deal with. I need to do this ...
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Converting ER diagram to tables and relationships in sql

Department : Branch is 1 : M Branch : Course is 1 : M Branch : Student is 1 : M Branch : Applicant is M : N Applicant : Student is 1 : 1 These are the conditions prescribed in the ER diagram. ...
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Removing foreign key when it is not named

I've created a table named 'student' as : create table student( stud_id number primary key, stud_name varchar2(30) not null, branch_id varchar2(4) references branch(branch_id), course_id ...
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Multiple foreign keys with shared columns for weak entities

this is my first question at stackexchange. I have a parent table (P) with two child (CC and CD): CREATE TABLE P ( A CHAR(3), B CHAR(2), CONSTRAINT PK_P PRIMARY KEY(A, B) ) CREATE TABLE CC ...
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Foreign key with multiple references

I have the following three tables in mysql database named "THE_COLLEGE" mysql> desc students; +----------+-------------+------+-----+---------+-------+ | Field | Type | Null | Key | ...
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Is there a workaround for lack of support of cascade triggers with MySQL?

As things stand, cascaded foreign key actions do not activate triggers with MySQL. I don't want to get into the debate as to whether or not this is good, I just would like to know whether there is a ...
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Foreign Key constraint on fixed value field - Ever appropriate?

I have a short (15 rows) look-up table that lists the valid values for several columns in the database. I don't think it can be considered a One-True-Lookup-Table, it is about a single definite ...
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Can I place the attribute in the Entity, when the foreign key is also already present?

I am using DBdesigner Fork for generating ER diagram. I have the 'Company' as an entity for which can I place the attribute of 'idShares', despite of having the foreign key of Shares Entity in the ...
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Foreign Key Constraint fails

I have the following tables: // Base Scans CREATE TABLE `basescans` ( `id` INT(10) UNSIGNED NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `name` VARCHAR(100) NULL DEFAULT NULL, `status_id` INT(10) UNSIGNED ...
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InnoDB Foreign key updating vs. manual in-application updating

I've been working on a "legacy" schema in MySQL Workbench that uses a lot of relations. All of the tables are MyISAM, however, and there are no foreign keys. However, I'm working on a new area of the ...
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Problem with the db design occurred when deleting a record and its reference records

I have an application with the following tables inside it. Categories - CategoryID, CategoryName, CategoryTypeID, IsActive CategoryTypes - CategoryTypeID, CategoryTypeName, IsActive Items - ItemID, ...