In relational database design, a primary key can uniquely identify each row in a table. A primary key comprises a single column or a set of columns.

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Using indexes to create multiple relationships to a table in order to enforce data integrity and add meaning

I'm working on an inventory database that uses supertype/subtype model. My question regards creating multiple relationships with the same tables using the primary key and composite indexes that also ...
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How does SQL Server choose an index key for a foreign key reference?

I am working with a legacy database that was imported from MS Access. There are about twenty tables with non-clustered, unique primary keys that were created during the MS Access > SQL Server upgrade. ...
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What happens to the index of a primary key after a DROP CONSTRAINT?

I am running PostgreSQL 9.1.4. I have a table with many existing rows, and a bunch of other tables with foreign keys pointing to it, for which I am trying to : 1 - Remove the pkey constraint on the ...
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PostgreSQL: Corrupt primary key, inconsistent table

While recovering from a cloud failure, I found that some tables on a PostgreSQL database are behaving strangely. These tables are indexed using a primary key, but a pg_dump yielded duplicate fields, ...
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Primary Key Type's Effect on Performance in Oracle?

In MS SQL Server, it is well documented that the type of the primary key can have a dramatic effect on performance. Using narrower types and sequential values significantly improves insert performance ...
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How can I manage Primary Key length limit of 900 bytes when using hirarchyid 2 columns?

I have to define a Primary key on a table which has following 4 columns and its data types. GSiteID hirarchyid,, SiteID varchar(10), GComID hirarchyid, ComID nvarchar(10) As we know there is limit ...
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PRIMARY KEY CONSTRAINT fundamentals

Can you explain why "primary key constraint" exists if, as you know, it is possible to create relationships between tables using unique indexes only ? The RDBMS that is used is SQL Server. In fact, ...
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Should I use a compound or surrogate PK in a many-to-many table?

I have a database: DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `books`; CREATE TABLE `books` ( `isbn` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL, `title` VARCHAR(255) NULL DEFAULT NULL, PRIMARY KEY (`isbn`) ) COMMENT 'Books used at this ...
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Surrogate key / Primary key: Better to use an existing unique data field or create a key field?

I am not sure if this question has been asked or not. At least I couldn't find it. I am curious about a primary key in terms of efficiency with data searching and retrieval. This is a hypothetical ...
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SQL table design for primary keys (best practice)

I have a User table that contains the following fields ID (Auto-generated GUID) UserName Password FirstName LastName Email AddressID (GUID) This is linked to the table Address (1-1 relation) which ...
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Using Timestamp plus Integer as Primary Key

In Sql Server, what would the drawbacks and disadvantages be of using a primary key that is: Two Character Table Identifier + YEAR + MONTH + DAY + HOUR + MINUTE + MILLISECOND + random integer between ...
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checksum(newid()) as primary key - what happens if a collision occurs?

Inspecting a rather critical database that is used by some software on my system, I found that one of the tables had a primary key on the column Id, where Id is calculated using checksum(newid()). ...
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Index Key Column Order

I have created a joining table for many-to-many relationship. The table only has 2 cols in it, ticketid and groupid typical data would be groupid ticketid 20 56 20 87 20 ...
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Optimised Schema for City-to-City Distance Table

This is my first question, forgive me if this question is simple. I'm stuck here, trying to implement the relations for the data represented below. I want to scale it vertically (new rows), instead of ...
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Is there any performance difference in using a unique index on primary key?

I know there are lost of similar questions to this one, but none that really answers this: Is there ANY difference in performance in using an unique index in a primary key, using a MyISAM table on a ...
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Postgres primary key sorted in the reverse order. Will it use the index efficiently?

My Rails database is backed by Postgres database. As you may know, each table in Rails gets assigned a primary key which is of Integer type and is indexed. My list views show records in the reverse ...
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“on duplicate key update” all the non-key fields mentioned in the insert

How can I update the field values mentioned in the insert portion without listing them again in the on duplicate key update portion? insert into tablename set keyname = 'keyvalue', fieldname = ...
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Is index_type ignored on MySQL primary keys in create table?

I have seen a create table whose primary key had an identifier where it should have an index_type, something like that: create table a (foo INTEGER, PRIMARY KEY foo_id (foo)); The thing is that ...
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Clustered index performance consideration in MySQL & PostgreSQL

In MySQL/InnoDB, the clustered index is synonymous with the primary key, so picking up a poor primary key affect your db performance, i.e. use of UUID as PK is a performance killer for database write. ...
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File name as primary key?

I have a few tables I'm going to create for a website, Literature, video, and image. Is there a good reason why I shouldn't use the file name as a primary key. For instance... "someimage.png" as the ...
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Generalisation in databases

I am working on a Hospital Management project in DB2. I have one table for staff with a primary key of staff_id. The hospital has to have different staff... e.g doctors,nurses,e.t.c. Is it better to ...
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How can an identity primary key index become fragmented?

From what I understand about index fragmentation, this should not be possible. The cases I have found in my databases are non-clustered. Example: ALTER TABLE [dbo].[ClaimLineInstitutional] ADD ...
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Two-sided UNIQUE INDEX for two columns

Creating a table with composite PRIMARY KEY or using UNIQUE INDEX for two columns guarantee uniqueness of col1, col2. Is there a tricky approach to make the reverse order of two columns UNIQUE too ...
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What is the difference between Primary key and Super key in DBMS

I am new to DBMS and I am still learning the theory. I am getting really confused with this key business and after googling I have narrowed it down to just 2 keys I dont get (primary and super key) ...
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IDENTITY_INSERT is set to OFF?

Here is my script of my db , CREATE TABLE [dbo].[MyTable]( [ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [Code] [nvarchar](25) NULL, [Name] [nvarchar](25) NULL, [dob] [date] NULL , CONSTRAINT [PK_MyTable] ...
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How is INDEX on Composite Primary Key in mysql?

When making a composite primary key for two or more columns, e.g. PRIMARY KEY(col1, col2, col3); will the system INDEX each column individually? The reason that I am asking this question is that when ...
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size of a primary key and foreign key

Do a primary key and a foreign key referencing it must have the same column size in sql server 2008 ? could someone indicate me a link to a documentation explaining this ? Thank you for help.
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Platform independent select ordered by primary key

Is there a reasonably standard way to perform a select on a single table and have the result set ordered by primary key without having to specify the primary key condition explicitly? Ideally I wish ...
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What is the advantage of using numeric primary keys in a relational database?

Many tables in a relational database system (in my admittedly limited experience) have this sort of structure (Oracle syntax as that's what I'm used to): create table widgets ( widget_id number ...
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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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Should I replace my varchar primary key with an integer primary key?

I have a table that has a varchar primary key that's associated with "Base Product Codes". They rarely change, and if they do, it's usually just being deleted or added. I figured it would be better ...
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Why would i get a duplicate write error of auto-generated primary key?

Hi I'm not a DBA so forgive my ignorance. I don't have access to administrator tools etc. However, I do know that we have a live server which is approaching capacity ie 80%-90% full perhaps. What is ...
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Listing indexes and constraints

I am looking at a SQL Server database for an application I have inherited. I have not looked into SQL Server for approximately 10 years, so please bear with me. The database table I am looking at has ...
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How are auto_increment keys handled in INSERT (SELECT * FROM…)

I have table1 and table2 in MySQL. Both have a primary auto_increment key id. If the table schemas match and I do INSERT INTO table1 (SELECT * FROM table2) what happens with regards to the new rows ...
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Does the MySQL primary key affect the efficiency of a SELECT query?

Does the primary key serve any purposes apart from uniquely identifying a specific row? For example, a table with an autoincremented primary INT key could greatly aid in search due to the option of ...
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Can I use a Clob as a table key (from Java)?

Following a suggestion made to another question to store large amounts of text: can one use a CLOB as primary key field (i.e., from Java's DataNucleus implementation of JDO)? I know it is probably a ...
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Single Identity column and composite key, which to make primary?

I've got a table that's a working copy subset of a base table. The base table has a composite key with a clustered index. However I need a single column unique identifier for my framework to work ...
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Why does MySQL increment the auto_increment value when there's a constraint violation?

I have a table in a MySQL database with one column id, which has auto_increment and the Primary Key. There's also a Unique constraint in this table, on different columns. I noticed that when I try to ...
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Multiple primary keys in PostgreSQL

I have the following table: CREATE TABLE word( word CHARACTER VARYING NOT NULL, id BIGINT NOT NULL, repeat INTEGER NOT NULL ); ALTER TABLE public.word OWNER TO postgres; ALTER TABLE ONLY word ADD ...
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Primary Key Question

Building a database on Access 2007 and having trouble selecting the primary key. The tables consists of a student table and another table where the students are checked in. I would have liked to make ...
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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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best approach to keys, if data from separate DBs to be presented in same UI

Suppose we are creating databases containing information about monkeys, and a user interface to present monkey information to users. We have two separate databases. The schemas are identical (and are ...
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performance of multi field primary key or 'contrived' 'semi artificial' key

This is not a question regarding the benefits or otherwise of using an artificial auto increment key in any given table against using a multi-field 'primary key'. That discussion (or argument) can ...
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Question on Design for User + User Groups + User Types + Subscriptions Model

I am redeveloping an existing web application with both weak source code and a weak underlying database design. I'm trying to develop things in a way that future expansion will be much easier, ...
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How to efficiently create a new PRIMARY KEY CLUSTERED definition online

Given a table with a PRIMARY KEY definition (acting as the clustered index), I want to efficiently change the definition of the PRIMARY KEY (or at a minimum, just the clustered index) online. I would ...
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Best practice to avoid a composite key?

Suppose my students fill every year a survey, containing some questions (called fields) which answer is real-valued (called value). Every student may answer the survey, at most once a year. A simple ...
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Does the size of the primary key contribute to table size?

I have a table (InnoDB) with data length around 36G and index length 23G. It had a composite primary key across three columns. As an initial attempt to reduce the size of this table, I dropped the ...
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Validate Primary Key and Index Selection

I have a table that will store transaction data from store sales registers, I have read quite a bit on index and key choice and below is what I have concluded is the best option but I am new to this ...
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What should one do if the auto increment primary key exceeds the maximum?

I have a primary key for a table with the following structure, **Field** **Type** nid int(10)unsigned I know the maximum limit of int(10) is 4294967295. But What ...
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If A and B are candidate keys, then AB is candidate key or not ?

If R{abc} is a relation, f{ a->b b->a a->c b->c }, then a and b are candidate keys. What about ab ? Is it a candidate key or is it a super key or both ?