A function performs some specified work, usually taking parameters as input. In terms of databases these may be specific to SQL or to the database vendor.

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Create index if it does not exist

I am working on a function that allows me to add an index if it does not exist. I am running into the problem that I cannot get a list of indexes to compare to. Any thoughts? This is a similar issue ...
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Store a formula in a table and use the formula in a function

I have a PostgreSQL 9.1 database where part of it handles agent commissions. Each agent has his/her own formula of calculation how much commission they get. I have a function to generate the amount of ...
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Estimated versus actual query plan with function calls

I have this query on SQL server, a merge replication query: SELECT DISTINCT b.tablenick, b.rowguid, c.generation, sys.fn_MSgeneration_downloadonly ( c.generation, ...
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T SQL Table Valued Function to Split varbinary(max) into 16byte GUIDs

I am trying to write a function which will split a varbinary(max) field into a table with 16 byte GUIDs, but am struggling. I haven't been able to find any examples or walkthroughs on how to do this ...
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How to pass a table type with an array field to a function in postgresql

i have a table called book CREATE TABLE book ( id smallint NOT NULL DEFAULT 0, bname text, btype text, bprices numeric(11,2)[], CONSTRAINT key PRIMARY KEY (id ) ) and a ...
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Create function in central database or repeat in each database?

One of my developers has written a SQL function that works like the VB.Net function (LastIndexOf) and wants to publish it. My question is what would be the reason to put this in a central database ...
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Granting Execute Permissions on Stored Procedures, Functions and Views

I am using a user which has read permission only. It basically has permission to Connect Execute However, it does not have execute permissions on Functions and Stored Procedures. In part of my ...
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Optimize queries from MySQL SP/Triggers/Functions

I have to investigate a MySQL Production server,While investigating I found a DELETE query in "SHOW PROCESSLIST" which was taking more than 400 second in preparing state, I tried to find the query in ...
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Is this temp table behaviour documented?

Query Language (SQL) and PL/pgSQL functions treat temp tables differently: begin; create table foo(id) as values (1); select * from foo; /* id ---- 1 */ savepoint s; create function f() returns ...
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How to store and query products the price of which depends on a complex set of conditions?

I haven't decided on a database. I have expirience with MySQl and I'm intrigued by MongoDB. Let the products be packages of cable tv providers: { name: "Virgin TV", price: 20 }, { name: ...
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SQL Server SMO and PowerShell formatting

I have probably been looking at this for too long to figure this out... What is the easiest way I could get this exported to a CSV format? Would it be better to dump this to a table in a database ...
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Performance of Inline-TVF vs. Views

I have a database where i am using inline TVFs (table value functions) instead of views. For example, I might have two tables called [car model] and [car manufacturer] that I'm joining together ...
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How to use aes-encryption in PostgreSQL?

I tried aes-encryption by using following statement: SELECT encrypt('test', 'key', 'aes'); which worked, but I am not able to decrypt the value. I inserted it in a field of datatype bytea but I'm ...
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Oracle extract slow function call from a WHERE clause

I have an oracle table in which dates are stored as the number of minutes since a specific date. It looks something like this: CREATE TABLE MY_TABLE ( SOMETHING NUMBER(15,1) NOT NULL, ...
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Is it possible to wrap aggregate functions in Postgres?

Postgres' string_agg(expr, delimiter) function is great. But I would like to have a version that takes a single argument -- the field to aggregate -- and assumes a delimiter of ', ' since that is ...
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Why do I get leading zeros when converting from decimal to char in a db2 query?

I have a column named length defined as: TYPE_NAME: DECIMAL DATA_TYPE: 3 COLUMN_SIZE: 9 BUFFER_LENGTH: 11 DECIMAL_DIGITS: 5 NUM_PREC_RADIX: 10 When I run the following select: select ...
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Custom Postgres function not working

I wrote this function that is supposed to iterate through a text array and convert each element (which is a typecasted integer) to hex, append to a text variable, then return the hex. However, I get ...
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Running functions in parallel

This is for SQL Server 2012. We have some import processes for FTP files that are picked up and read into a staging table, from there we massage/check the data before moving into production. One of ...
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Is commit necessary after DML operation in Function/Procedure?

I wonder to know if it is necessary to write commit after insert/delete/update in function/procedure? Example: create or replace function test_fun return number is begin delete from a; return ...
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What does NVL stand for?

What does NVL stand for? I'm talking about the Oracle and Informix (perhaps some others too) function used to filter out non NULL values from query results (similar to COALESCE in other databases).
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How does this undocumented syntax work? {fn CurDate()} or {fn Now()} etc

Recently I've been looking through some fairly old stored procedures that were written for SQL Server 2005, and I've noticed something that I don't understand. It appears to be some type of function ...
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How Can the Same Query in Two Nearly Identical Instances Generate Two Different Execution Plans?

Server A and Server B have identical hardware and instance configurations (A is Production, B is QA). B's DBs were restored from A's backups from one week ago. I was provided this query by the ...
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Why does it take a long time to drop a function based index in Oracle?

I have a function based index that takes 25 minutes to create on a table of 94 Million rows. When I drop the index, it takes 18 minutes. Why does it take so long? I would have thought the drop would ...
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Function/procedure to use dblink to fetch remote data and insert to multiple local tables

Am trying to fetch data from remote db and insert into three local tables. Currently I have a query which is successfully getting the data into one table. But now I was thinking of creating a ...
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Faster alternative to scalar UDF with recursion?

I have a scalar function that traverses a simple parent-child hierarchy of customers to find the ancestor that's in charge of billing. Here's a simplified version of the schema. CREATE TABLE Customer ...
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Table-valued function runs fast, but slow from another function [closed]

Disclaimer: I'm a senior sysadmin who's trying to help our development team speed up the production database. Our users are hurting, bad. Please don't shoot me for not being great with SQL The ...
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How to concatenate a column after x rows?

I have a table with columns object varchar(255), frequency tinyint(3) unsigned, I want to concatenate the objects if the sum of frequencies reach a value. Currently I am doing this in PHP as .. ...
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A function to check if a column allows NULL

Is there a way to write an insert/update query that checks if a column allows NULLs: If it does set the column to NULL, and '' (empty string) otherwise? I would be something like: UPDATE mytable ...
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What's the difference between functions and stored procedures? [closed]

I heard that the difference between functions and stored procedures in SQL Server is that functions are not stored in the database while stored procedures are. Is that true? If not, what are the ...
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How can you save all user-defined functions to txt files on your local hard drive?

I am running SQL Server 2008 and need to back up the UDF scripts/queries that I have created. How can this be done in a timely manner? I tried right clicking on the folder icon where the UDF are saved ...
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Postgresql function to create table

I want to create a function in order to create a table with a specific structure pasing part of the name of the table as an argument so the name of the table is t_ . Similar to this: CREATE OR ...
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How to access the number of rows accumulated by RETURNs in PL/pgSQL

When performing RETURN QUERY ... in a PL/pgSQL function, is it possible afterwards to directly access the number of rows accumulated into the pile of records, which are returned when the function ...
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Transform all columns records to lowercase

I'm using PostgreSQL 9.1 and I have a users table with a login column. login names are case-sensitive, for example Bob, MikE, john. I would like to transform all these records into lowercase. ...
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Error on Oracle calling external procedures

I have a C library which should be called from a pl/sql function so I make a .so library and after that I create a pl/sql function to call it. the C source(libcprog.c) is like this: int exec_hmmftg ...
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DB2 equivalent to T-SQL's REPLICATE?

In T-SQL there is a method, REPLICATE(char,N), which will make a string with N values of a certain character. This is very helpful when querying into JDE. Does anyone know if there is a DB2 ...
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PL/pgSQL functions and optimizations fences?

I am newbie on DB stuff. And my DB knowledge is very old (around MSSQL2000). All what I remember is, the stored procedures are faster than ordinary queries because it avoid query compilation and ...
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Create a Function in sql server without specifying return_data_type

I am trying to create a Scalar-valued function in SQL server, without specifying the return_data_type i want to be able to return any datatype based on a parameter sent by the function caller e.g. ...
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Create Enumerated Function Parameter Type

I want to create a function similar to DATEDIFF in MS SQL Server 2008 R2. The first parameter in DATEDIFF is a datepart. Can I use datepart as a parameter in my function? If not, how do I create a ...
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User Defined Function Return value

Hello all I have a function: ALTER FUNCTION [dbo].[getContentURL] ( @VID int, @accountID int ) RETURNS VARCHAR(500) AS BEGIN DECLARE @cTable varchar(50) = ...
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Finding five-minute interval prior to current time

I want to find the five minute interval just before the current time. So if the current time is 8:43 I want to return 8:35 and 8:40. Here is the query that I have written and it is working as ...
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Proper use of database functions for business logic

I have a database in postgres with 147 tables; these tables contain data generated by functions that have most of the logic of the system, for example how to build an accounting entry. These ...
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Datediff() in MySQL

While calculating difference between 2 dates as number days, by using MySQL Datediff() function, I am facing some issue, the SQL code is given below. select datediff((select curdate()), (select ...
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Support both stored procedures and functions with same TSQL code base?

We have a need for both Microsoft SQL Server 2008 functions (ITVFs) and stored procedures to provide the same interface and functionality to end-user reporting frontends. Given the following ...
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Reducing size of image returned by view

We are storing a list of images in a table in an image column. These are stored as their raw image size so they can be viewed in their details at full resolution. The problem I have is I want to show ...
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Recursive query using plpgsql

I'm trying to write a plpgsql function that recursively returns a set of columns from records in a tree structure. I have a data table and a table to link the data together: DATATABLE ----------- id ...
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How to map similar camelcased, pascalcased, underscored, lowerscored words to the same id?

I'm working on PostgreSQL and I have a table like this called words_table: I need all equivalent words (like software_design and software-design) to have its map value = to its word's equivalent ...
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How do I create a user-defined aggregate function?

I need an aggregate function that MySQL doesn't provide. I would like it to be in MySQL's flavor of SQL (that is, not in C). How do I do this? What I'm stuck on is creating an aggregate function -- ...
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Pass a table array as a parameter to an upsert function in postgresql

i have an UPSERT function which works well but i update and insert records in batches, can this function be modified so that i just pass all the records to this function as an array then it will ...
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How can I restore the sql_variant_property of baseType back to a table variable in SQL Server

Ok, I know the title is confusing but here it goes. BTW I am using SQL Server 2008 I have a table that I am trying to use as a storage container. It has 3 columns: reportID integer, dataLabel ...
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User defined function performance disadvantages

I have a database with a lot of UDFs that are called by a long running process involving lots of data manipulation and calculations. My thinking in using UDFs is to separate out logical units of ...