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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Column name or number of supplied values does not match table definition error

I have a table, with two foreign keys defined on two columns of that table. The problem is that, when I insert the values from SQL Server, I get an error: Column name or number of supplied values ...
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Foreign Keys to tables where primary key is not clustered index

I'm focusing on SQL Server here, but I think this is a database agnostic question, really. I have a table whereby a Guid is logically the primary key. However, uniqueidentifiers apparently make ...
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Composite primary key from multiple tables / multiple foreign keys

I want to build a composite primary key made up of foreign keys from two different tables. I'm still pretty green to this... A great answer was given to building a composite key from multiple foreign ...
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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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Is there a way to limit the number of foreign key references for a single table index

I'm having difficulty finding an answer because I'm having difficulty expressing the question. So I apologize if their is a duplicate (or similar) question on here. Is there a way to limit the number ...
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Nested table hierarchy: foreign key duplication vs. join

I have a nested table hierarchy, similar to the following one (this is an example but demonstrates the schema well enough): +---------+ +---------+ +---------+ +-------------+ | users | | ...
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Should I create many ID for a same Person/entity in my DB?

In my model, I must store the name of the teacher of some kids and the classroom in which the teachers work, let’s say. All of the hundreds of teachers in the schools have 1 and only 1 classroom, ...
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Efficient manual cleanup of foreign keys in MySQL [closed]

I have an all-InnoDB database in MySQL (Percona) 5.6 that was previously using FK constraints. I had to give up on them as I kept running into locking issues, so I removed the constraints and added ...
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Foreign key, key split in two tables

I have to record a list of events made of action, reason (optional, may be multiple), user. I have a master table with all the valid action, and another with all the valid action-reason combination. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Replace content of only one table with new version (should disable foreign keys?)

I have 2 tables. 2nd has foreign keys to reference 1st. I need to replace the whole content of the 1st table with the new version from another database. The new version satisfies all constraints and ...
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Any drawbacks to referencing multiple tables from a single column?

I'm working on a system with the following entities: Projects Sections Activities There is one important constraint that needs to be enforced: Activities are always part of one project. ...
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sqlite3 foreign keys ignored

I am working on a small sqlite3 database for a small simple mailserver. I have created a new sqlite3 database and add executed this to pürepare it for data: BEGIN TRANSACTION; CREATE TABLE ...
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Restoring from pg_dump with foreign key constraints

In restoring a database from a pg_dump, a number of errors are being generated and the whole table is subsequently being ignored. An example: ERROR: insert or update on table "channelproducts" ...
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Check a constraint after adding a Foreign Key [duplicate]

If I add a foreign key constraint with the following command: ALTER TABLE [abc] WITH CHECK ADD CONSTRAINT [fk_some_col] FOREIGN KEY([some_col_id]) REFERENCES [xyz] ([some_col_id]) Is there any ...
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Can Indexes mitigate untrusted Constraint

I using sp_blitz and found two tables that have foreign keys that is untrusted. tried to enable the trust with: ALTER TABLE MyTableName WITH CHECK CHECK CONSTRAINT MyConstraintName; GO But got this ...
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SQLITE Foreign key has to be re-added? [closed]

Currently I have a mysql database on my computer which I convert to sqlite database. On the sqlite database, I have transaction_detail table with a foreign key to transaction_master table. The ...
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How to resolve foreign key references across different databases (iSeries and SQL Server)

I've got a system that has a DB2 iSeries database. We are rewriting a portion of the system and implementing it using SQL Server and Entity Framework. Originally, I was lead to believe that there ...
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Why are foreign keys ignored on subscribers?

We are using merge replication on SQL Server 2008 R2. There are many tables with foreign keys providing a logical dependence on each other. For this question, let's say there are User and File tables, ...
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Storing URLs in a database

I am thinking about storing URL's in my database, but I am not sure whether the way I use is an efficient way to do things or not. Table name : url url_id (Primary Key & Auto Increment) url_value ...
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AFTER DELETE trigger will not fire during a cascade delete

I've got two tables, corresponding to Nodes in a graph and Aisles to which they may belong. In addition, each Aisle has a Node at which it starts and ends. Aisle Table: Aisle char(4) Start_Node ...
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See indices implicitly created for foreign key constaints in MySQL

When I add a foreign key constraint to my table, SHOW INDEX doesn't show any new indices, but the overall space used by the indices in that table increases. Apparently, the index for the field I put a ...
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Is it recommended to have redundant foreign key columns?

Imagine I have the models A, B, C e D, where A have many Bs, B have many Cs and C have manyDs: Without redundance A | id | ... | ------------ | ... | ... | B | id | a_id | ... | ...
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How to add FK on a column of composite type in PostgreSQL?

I have a table which contains a composite type and I am trying to connect a column of it to another table's PK. CREATE TABLE aaa (col1 SERIAL PRIMARY KEY); CREATE TYPE bbb AS (col2 INTEGER); CREATE ...
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Is there any reason not to use foreign keys in MySQL?

I've never really used foreign keys before but I am building a project where they could come in handy. I have looked at some other large software such as some forum systems and they don't use foreign ...
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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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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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VARCHAR primary key - MySQL

Currently, I have a categories table with 2 columns - category VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY and parent VARCHAR(50). The parent column is a foreign key (FK) to the category column. This seems like ...
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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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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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novice-design: Are FOREIGN KEYs always necessary? Joins on columns which are not PK

I've been wondering if following approach is bad or really very bad:). Question#1: can we use indicator_id to combine data from indicator_values and indicator_details tables (without using FOREIGN ...
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How to select multiple id from same table

Here is the simplified version of my problem. I have these tables: Master table id - name - surname - fathers name - mothers name Names id - name Surnames id - surname I want to query master ...
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Oracle: finding rows without children in a table with a foreign key?

Suppose I have two tables with a foreign key relationship. How can I find the rows in the parent table for which there is no corresponding child record? For example: create table a(x number primary ...
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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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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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Foreign and primary keys question

I have have looked for an answer for my questions everywhere but they seem confusing to me.Can a foreign key be a primary key in the same table? Can a foreign key be a primary key in another table? ...
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Why does In-Memory feature not support foreign keys?

Why does Sql-Server 2014 In-Memory feature not support primary/foreign key relations? Can anyone explain what the problem with foreign key relationships and in-memory is? I guess just and only this ...
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Enforce a single NULL end date per foreign key value using an index

I want to implement a Check Constraint across a date range and foreign key. I have a table created as: Primary Key Foreign Key DateStart DateEnd The ForeignKey can appear many times in the table ...