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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VARCHAR primary key - MySQL

Currently, I have a categories table with 2 columns - category VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY and parent VARCHAR(50). The parent column is a foreign key (FK) to the category column. This seems like ...
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Use surrogate or natural PK if a row is uniquely identified by two or more columns?

I am having a hard time choosing between natural and surrogate PK for my database table. The database is for a ranking system for an MOBA game. Here is more or less what I would do if I were to go ...
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Maintain table with too many insert

I have to create a table. Its size is going to increase very fast. Is there going to be any issue if many insert queries are fired at the same instant as mentioned here - User autoincrement ID for ...
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Create relationship between two tables with composite primary key

I've created a table [t1] with two fields and a composite primary key, show in below: create table t1( id int, name nchar(10), primary key(id,name) ); I want to create a second table ...
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SqlServer: can one table's PK be the FK of other two table's? [duplicate]

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 for the project_id and ...
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Batch converting indexes to keys [closed]

I have a legacy MS SQL Server database where all the primary and foreign keys were created as indexes. I am developing the new version of our software with Entity Frameworks, which I have learned ...
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Performance of primary key IDs with gaps (but in sequential order)

I know that having non-sequential IDs is bad for index performance. But assuming all my IDs are created in correct order, but with large gaps: i.e: 154300000 283700000 351300000 464200000 ...will ...
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Can a surrogate key and a primary key be in the same table?

For example we have: Surrogate key: ABC123 Primary key: 1 Name: James Is this legit in a Data Warehouse table?
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The four properties of a primary key

In our dbms class, these were the four properties of a primary key discussed for Oracle. Unique Not NULL Fully functional dependency Indexed I understand all the properties except the 3rd one ...
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How SQLite index ID (or line number)

SQLite is based on a flatfile, and store virtual tables in a flatfile (I think based on offset, correct me if I'm wrong). But how it index the Primary Key (ID), which I think is identical to line ...
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Basic SQL question about setting constraints

In code such as the following, what is the need to write constraint pk_dept primary key (deptno) if just simply primary key (deptno) works? Is pk_dept something the database uses internally, since it ...
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Update datatype of primary key without deleting the table-SQL Server [closed]

I have created a table State which my other table, Addresses references. CREATE TABLE State ( StateId varchar(20) PRIMARY KEY NOT NULL, Text varchar(40) NOT NULL ) I want to change its ...
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Can i have one foreign key to both parent and it's childs in postgresql?

I want to have a foreign key to reference table and it's children. Here's how I tried and failed: CREATE TABLE parent ( id serial, CONSTRAINT parent_pk PRIMARY KEY(id) ); CREATE TABLE child ( ...
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Postgres table contains 1 column, and that column is PK. How to insert new record?

In my application, I have an abstract base class, and 2 derived classes. The number of derived classed will probably not increase. If it does, it won't be more than a few. The class structure looks ...
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How to include in the result of a `SELECT … GROUP BY …` all the other columns that are functionally dependent on the grouping ones?

I'll base this question on a toy example. Let this be table A: A ------------------------- U | V | W | X | Y | Z ------------------------- a | b | c | 1 | 6 | 8.3 a | b | c | 1 | 4 | ...
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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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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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Use timestamp(or datetime) as part of primary key (or part of clustered index)

I use following query frequently: SELECT * FROM table WHERE Timestamp > [SomeTime] AND Timestamp < [SomeOtherTime] and publish = 1 and type = 2 order by Timestamp I would like to optimize ...
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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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How should I handle unknown primary keys? [closed]

I'm working as a database-administrator at a school. Recently the school upgraded its pupil administrative software into a web-based solution. This works great, but this web-based solution is missing ...
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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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Is it redundant to set your primary key as a unique key?

I'm putting tables together in MySQL workbench and I'm currently ticking my primary keys to also be uniquely indexed. Is this a redundant configuration?
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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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Is unique index combined with a “not null” constraint equivalent to a PK constraint?

I have these legacy table definitions (from here): CREATE TABLE [dbo].[JobItems] ( [ItemId] UNIQUEIDENTIFIER NOT NULL, -- lots of other columns CONSTRAINT [PrimaryKey_GUID_HERE] ...
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PostgreSQL 9.3: Minimize locking when updating a large table with primary key

I am building a DB solution to handle a fast stream of online events. Each event UPSERTs a row in a location_update table, using its car_id primary key. Since there are very few new car_ids, the ...
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SQLite table design for PK and/or UNIQUE

I'm trying to design a table in SQLite3, where I can perform these 2 actions. INSERT new row where a unique primary key is created. And INSERT new row with an given primary key Think of a ...
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Problems in Choosing Foreign Keys :S

I am designing my very first relational database. I am now in the conceptual design, building tables and views, selecting the primary and foreign keys and normalizing everything. But now, I am stock ...
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Part of composite foreign keys as primary key

I have a table A with a,b,c as primary key. Table B reference has a,b,c as foreign keys and it wants to set its own column d and foreign key a as primary key, Is it legal? Or does it have to set the ...
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Filesort when using view

I am sorry for asking, but I can't figure what i am doing wrong and filesort appears in my explain. The id column that I use for sorting in the following examples is a primary key... If I create ...
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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 ...