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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Changing primary key from varchar to int

I have a user table where I am use varchar as primary key. Now from a different place I got the performance tip that int is better than varchar for primary key. So I would like to change my primary ...
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Autoincrement Primary Key For Constants

We are having an issue that is probably due to some poor design choice or lack of understanding of how to use primary keys. We have a simple constants table CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `constants` ( ...
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Composite Primary Key column order

How would you do the ordering of the PK columns in this case (Oracle 11gR2 Standard Edition): I have a database where I offer the same application to many users. I want to be perfectly sure that all ...
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Relational database primary key requirements

I am trying to put together an ER Diagram to design a fairly simple asset tag tracking/inventory management system for our servers/switches/UPS/etc. The top-level entity corresponds to the business ...
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Which of tables key to reference?

MySQL. There is a table users with autoincrement primary key id. There is also a table employees (every employee is a user but not vice versa). The employees primary key is userid. The field userid ...
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MySQL non-sequential primary key of certain length

what's the best way to create a non-sequential primary key of a certain length in MySQL? I'm looking to use the primary key as a 'Pin' number which real actual human people can use to refer to the ...
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Can we determine FDs if we are given some tuples?

I am taking a databases course and i'm learning about functional dependencies. I have searched around and did not find any information on this. My questions is if we are given a table with some ...
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Database design: Which will perform better, auto incremented column or a composite key for appointments

The schema of table is : appointment(date,time,patientID,...) pateint(patientID,PName,age,...) PS: two or more patient can came at the same time . The number of appointments per day up to 500 . ...
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Msg 2627 Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint

trying to make a database for teams in a tv show here. but when I try and insert data into tblShowteam the following error made its appearance. Msg 2627, Level 14, State 1, Line 2 Violation of ...
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Can a complex primary key made up of 4 fields have only one of this fields set to AUTO INCREMENT?

I have a complex primary key, I wonder if what I write in the title is possible: I have a look up table with 4 fields (they should compose the primary key of the table): 1) an INT column; 2) ...
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Table design for departments with duplicate department numbers

How should I define a database table for my company's departments where we have a set of duplicate department numbers used by an upper management tier. dept_id dept_name manager_id ...
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How to arrange rows selected in MYSQL query?

I'm fetching data from a table "TABLE_A", it's having Primary Key as "PK_ONE" (which is unsigned INT) . I'm fetching data from "TABLE_A" with where clause on PK_ONE ; Ex: SELECT PK_ONE from TABLE_A ...
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Postgresql table with one integer column, sorted index, with duplicate primary key

I want to have a table in PostgreSQL with these properties: One column with an integer Allow duplicates in this column. Duplicates will be rare. Duplicates have no meaning logically and will be ...
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Modify legacy table schemas that have no primary key

I've been tasked with updating our database (SQL Server 2008) so that every table in it has a proper primary key defined. Due to various reasons over the years we have somehow built up some legacy ...
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Retrieving all PK and FK

I have a big database that I need to extract all primary keys and foreign keys from each table. I have pgAdmin III. Is there a way to do this automatically and not go over each table manually?
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How can primary keys in a Netezza table be indexed?

What is the best way to index a Netezza fact table with lots of primary keys. For now, let's suppose we have 10 primary keys. This table is mainly used to store meta data about our database. ...
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Impact of miss-ordered fields in a composite, clustered primary key?

I have tables where the primary key is something like this: -StoreID -BusinessDate Typically, there is one row for every store (~100) for every single day. One row for each store is inserted on a ...
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How to interact with a foreign key in database [migrated]

I have been working on a database for sometime now and i got stocked a particular section. I am trying to write a code to control the foreign key column in a database. mysql is the back-end and Java ...
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For Postgres, how would I define a custom function to generate primary keys?

In postgres, primary keys are typically generated using a SEQUENCE. I am hoping to generate a unique random 12 character string for use as a primary key. How would I do this in Postgres?
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Returning auto-generated primary key after SQL insertion

I am trying to submit data to a database and then have it return the value of the user_id (primary key) created by the insertion, but I can't get it to return the value. I use the same query in ...
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Creating mysql config setting per database

I am trying to setup MySQL so one database auto increments by 2. I am using the auto_increment_increment variable in my.cnf configuration file, but this is being applied to every database. I would ...
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Table with both primary key and unique key

My system requirement defines a unique business/domain/natural key (i.e. <yyyymmdd><branch_id><running_number>, in bigint). Should I use this unique key as primary key or I should ...
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Converting Entity Relation(ER) Model to Relational Schema?

I have the following ER Model I am trying to convert this to a relational database schema but I am not sure about several things: PORT_VISIT and PORT are weak entities. How do I figure on which ...
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Medical History - Is this DB properly design?

Could you please tell me if this DB is properly design? Are relationships type correct? Is there anything I should delete or add? Thanks you all very much!
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How can I make a foreign key from a fragment of the primary key?

I have this table: CREATE TABLE Phones ( Brand VARCHAR(20), Model VARCHAR(20), PRIMARY KEY (Brand, Model) ); A mobile phone can't be uniquely identified just by its model (for example: HTC (One) or ...
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redshift performance effect if use 32 character long unique string as Primary key instead of auto incremented int

In my analytics application I am creating 32 char long unique string for each hit as user_session. In current implementation, I am storing user_session in tbl_sesssion in session column and I am ...
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PostgreSQL replace primary key and converting non-serial to serial type

I'm basically building my own version of phpPgAdmin (if I get good enough to make it good enough I'll post it on a repository hosting service) and currently I'm revising my primary key tool to replace ...
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Prevent Primary Key increment when an INSERT statement fail in PostgreSQL

I have a simple table in my PostgreSQL database like this: CREATE TABLE person_type ( id serial NOT NULL, name character(55) NOT NULL, CONSTRAINT person_type_pkey PRIMARY KEY (id), CONSTRAINT ...
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Using partitioned table, and dealing with auto_increment PK

I have a big table (>100 million rows) that tracks user's activities. It has an ID, which is PK and has auto_increment property. This is the only unique key. Table also has userid and datetime column. ...
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MySQL on Server side PRIMARY KEY taking automatically random Id

I have problem in my database which i have uploaded in Database Version libmysql 5.1.73 In that i got problem like one PRIMARY_KEY field incrementing random values. inserted id's like 1, 2, 35, 67, ...
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Setting the Relationship as a Continuous Line Without Changing the Qty INT into Primery Key on SQL

Now it is required to make the following database. In the following, if I tick the checkbox of "Identifying Relationship", the line will become continuous line but the key type will also be ...
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SqlServer: can one table's PK be the FK of two table's?

I have three tables project, users and proj_user. The PK of proj_user table is the FK of project and users table's pk e.g.(project_id,user_id) My question is, is it possible if the project_id and ...
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persistence entity with composite key

I have class named 'User'. It has the following properties firstname lastname mobile email pin I want to design a table or hibernate entity that will have unique email for each row; the same for ...
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Auto increment holes in primary key - any issues?

I have an application that is creating large holes in the auto incremented primary surrogate key to the table as it uses lots of INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE queries. I'm looking into changing ...
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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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primary_key problem in MySql view

I have 3 tables. and I want to create a view. There is no problem about generating SQL qeury and creating a view. but when I want to use this view in my web app it says me (LIKE THIS): "your view's ...
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Should a surrogate key reflect one of my columns? [duplicate]

I currently have a column called LoadID which is a surrogate key that just increment by max()+1. I also have LoadNumber which always seems to have the exact same value of LoadID, since they will ...
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Impact of additional int field as primary key

Directly to the point, at one time I have a table like this: create table item( item_id varchar(50), constraint pk_item1 primary key (item_id) } However from my discussion one day, there is ...
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Overcoming the HDD IOPS limits on a billion row table? Is getting SSD the only solution?

I have a table with this structure: CREATE TABLE `requests` ( `userid` int(11) NOT NULL, `messageid` int(11) NOT NULL, `queueid` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `problem_id` int(3) NOT NULL, ...
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Postgresql Retrieve / Find Primary Key Serial Autonumber field for Audit logs

I need to find the Primary Key field name in each of a number (approx 70) of tables to create audit logs. All the primary keys are type serial (auto incrementing integer) and all have the name in the ...
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SQL Server: performance of IDENTITY vs INT as primary key

The most important table of my database is about 300,000 records, and growing. More than 20 tables have a FK to it. Its primary key is a number, but for historical reasons is defined as nvarchar(6) ...
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Question about choosing primary key

My scenario is that I have a super type named PERSON and two sub types EMPLOYEE and CUSTOMER. I use the Primary key from PERSON, PersonID, in both EMPLOYEE and CUSTOMER as foreign keys. However, I ...
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What are performance benefits when using number type instead of using char/varchar?

From various posts, I have summarized about using number type instead of char/varchar for PK: If you choose char/varchar type for PK and your values are short (just some alpha numberic codes) then it ...