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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Database relationship refresher

All, After several years of programming applications, I'm looking to refresh my understanding of databases. What I knew to begin with was fairly basic, and honestly, it's disappeared over time. I ...
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Query executes fast, but keeps the table locked for some time

Executing the following query is very fast (75ms), but removing the comment from the last row it becomes slow (2.5s), and the time increases exponentially with the number of rows in the table. It ...
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How to relate to information_schema

Is it possible to create a foreign key that relates to information_schema? For an application implementation, I would like to store extra column information in another table, but I want to ensure ...
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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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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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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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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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Cannot add foreign key constraint while creating table

My Error Code is 1215 which finds problem with the foreign key constraint. I know all fields are the same data types. I can't see where the problem is. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks! ...
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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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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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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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Approaching multiple values in same column

I'm developing an Android-application that scrapes the schedule for my university and presents it nicely since the current system is a nightmare. I'm processing a lot of data and it gets down to ...
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getting SQL Error (1452): Cannot add or update a child row: a foreign key constraint fails (Unknown error code)

I am getting error with MySQL NDB Cluster 7.3.5 as described below: I have two tables: -User Profiles -User Services User services is a child table which contains foreign key constraint ...
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Foreign key double inheritance SQLITE

I'm designing a domotic system database and I'm trying to figure out how to represent two foreign keys. This is the cardinality I want. Consider 1...N Areas (rooms, halls, kitchens, etc.): Area 1 - ...
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Spotting foreign key relations in a database that doesn't define all relationships as constraints?

At work I use a rather old MS Access database which defines some relations between tables, but does not outright define all of them. If the database application used an ORM, I would think that this ...
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Crow Feet notation and identifying -vs- non-identifying relationships

Is it possible to distinguish between identifying and non-identifying relationships using the Crow Feet notation? Case in point: In table Book, part of the book's Primary Key is a FK to the Author ...
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Why use foreign keys if cascade action is not need?

I'm testing some queries with MySQL and tried to create two tables were there should be a reference between IDs. Something like: CREATE TABLE user ( id int(11) UNSIGNED AUTO_INCREMENT, name ...
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Implementing a simple ERD in MySQL: is the implementation below 100% compliant with the ERD?

ERD Consider the following ERD: Tables From it, I derived the following tables: Company ------------------ c_id c_name ------------------ CompanyEmail ------------------ c_id ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Insert / Edit Rows by Selecting FK row

When inserting or editing rows ("Edit Top 200 Rows") for a table with a FK constraint, can the editor be configured to select the foreign row, rather than me having to look up the FK?
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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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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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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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How to solve the error Msg 547, Level 16, State 0, Line 1 [closed]

Please suggest me how to solve the error How to solve the error Msg 547, Level 16, State 0, Line 1 The ALTER TABLE statement conflicted with the FOREIGN KEY constraint "MyForeignKeyName". 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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Why is adding a FK constraint slow in MySQL?

I'm doing some experimentation in MySQL 5.1.53 and I've run across a case that I just don't understand. CREATE TABLE A ( `pk` INT(11) NOT NULL, `fk` INT(11) NOT NULL, PRIMARY KEY `pk_A` ...
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CentOS and Ubuntu differences with information_schema

I have a Vagrant VM running CentOS 6.5. My localhost is Ubuntu 12.04, both running MySQL. I have the exact same database on both (structured exactly the same, different testing seed data in both). ...
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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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Table Field to Reference Field in Other Tables

Suppose I want to map a set of input values to database table fields E.g. employeeFirstName --> emp.fName employeeLastName --> emp.lName ... --> ... In theory I can create a ...
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MySQL foreign key error

I need to update rows in a child table,but I am getting following error while I run the code, Company Table CREATE TABLE `company` ( `Company_id` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `Company_name` ...
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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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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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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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Primary key for link/junction table with time-dependent data

I want to link two tables in such a way that for any given time period the relationship is one-to-one, but over time the relationship can change. As an minimal example, suppose I want to list the ...
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Multiple source CASCADE DELETE behavior

I'm having trouble understanding Postgres's CASCADE DELETE behavior. If table_A REFERENCES table_B, and the column referenced could have multiple instances of the same value, will the table_A row be ...
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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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Why is SQL Server using a clustered index scan for a self referencing FK cascade delete

I have made an example to allow me to show what my issue is: Setup: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Test]( [TestId] [bigint] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [ParentTestId] [bigint] NULL, CONSTRAINT [PK_Test] ...
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MYSQL - Problem with foreign keys on same table

In Mysql 5.5, I have a table, in which I store some informations about "events".. In order to have a chronological order, I made two columns that reference to the previous and to the next event. So I ...
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Is using multiple foreign keys separated by commas wrong, and if so, why?

There are two tables: Deal and DealCategories. One deal can have many deal categories. So the proper way should be to make a table called DealCategories with the following structure: DealCategoryId ...
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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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Why does altering a table and adding a foreign key create an extra constaint? [closed]

Edit: It was a default constraint as a result of setting a default value when adding the column. The name gave it away when starting with 'DF__'. Anyway, solved it by adding the column and manually ...
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join performance, index vs. index+foreignkey

I'm using an orm framework that handles data (and its integrity) on top of mysql. So far I ignored foreign keys because the orm handles that just fine. I recently read that foreign keys can enhance ...
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Error adding constraint foreign key to bridge table

Hi there I am fairly new to sql development. I am current following the head first into mysql book and is on chapter 6. On chapter 6 there is a table in third normal form but it does not contains the ...
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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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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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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 ...