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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Usage of foreign key when the referenced table data will not change

I have to design a table where user has 10 fields and 6 are dropdown. Some are single selections and some multiple. Dropdown data is supposed to change very rarely. For e.g., the user is presented ...
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Circular foreign key deferrable cascade behavior

I am trying to determine what happens for a particular circular foreign key that will cascade delete. Please feel free to address any other possibilities that my inexperience has not listed. On my ...
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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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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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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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Create table shows ERROR 1005(HY000) errno 150

i tried to create tables as per given in my textbook in MySQL server as follows: create table department (dept_name varchar(20), building varchar(15), budget numeric(12,2), ...
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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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Analyze a Database to Find Failed Foreign Key Constraints

I aggressively deleted a ton of data after using this query: SET FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS = 0; Is there any easy way I can analyze the entire database to check to see if I have any hanging records that ...
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Proper implementation of child (derived) table PK/FK during single and multiple inheritance hard coded generalization physical data model

Below is an image of hard coded generalization UML logical model of entities. I'd like to implement these classes as tables in a physical data model. Two derived classes/entities (Class2 and ...
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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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Altering table Foreign Keys produces an error (errno:150) (MySQL)

This is the first database I set up so I apologize if my problem is something obvious. I'm playing around with my table design and tried to create some link tables with FKs to avoid redundant data. ...
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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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Many to Many and Weak Entities

I have an entity that cannot exist without being defined by another, and I want this entity to participate in a many to many relationship. Example: An artist has an album (the album cannot exist ...
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Enforcing constraints “two tables away”

I ran into some trouble modeling an electrical schematic in SQL. The structure I'd like to capture is part ←────────── pin ↑ ↑ part_inst ←───── pin_inst where "inst" is short ...
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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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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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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?

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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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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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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Is it bad idea to create foreign keys on the tables in a different schemas in the same database for big applications?

I am working on the transfer a big pl/sql web-based application to the dedicated server. This application is located in one schema with 70 packages of programm code. This application was made ...
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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 ...
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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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Implementing foreign keys on generalized data model

Suppose the ASCII tree below is a UML generalized concept model. To represent these entities/classes in UML, lets assume [mammal] a super class, and the level 1 classes, [wild] and [domestic] are sub ...
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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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MySQL, foreign key, can't create table error 150

UPDATE: Sorry, it was because i forgot to add UNSIGNED attribute to the lang_id column. Original: I'm trying to create a table with foreign key in MySQL. I get this error: #1005 - Can't create table ...
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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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Good idea to include summary of frequently accessed data from another foreign-keyed table?

Sorry for poor title, I'll try to explain it in more detail here. I have an application that often gets a row from table A, then looks up a column from that in a foreign key mapping table (table B), ...
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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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Get unmatched rows for foreign key

Consider two tables: CREATE TABLE Users( id INT PRIMARY KEY, name VARCHAR(128) ) Engine=InnoDB CREATE TABLE Tags( id INT PRIMARY KEY, user REFERENCES Users(id), tag VARCHAR(128) ) ...