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What is the best way to find out how many records do not have a proper phone number in SQL Server?

I have a field that people historically could use to freely supply a value. I need to identify the records which do not have an appropriate value so I can clean them. I've been looking around in SSIS ...
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Deleting large amounts (4 million rows) of mysql data efficiently, on a very regular basis

We have a mysql table that at any given time has about 12 million rows. We need to delete old data to keep the size of the table somewhat manageable. Right now we are running this query daily, at ...
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function hangs with null case operation

I created a function that accepts a start and end date, with the end date being optional. I then wrote a CASE in the filter to use the start date if no end date is passed. CASE WHEN @dateEnd IS NULL ...
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How to boost performance of virgin queries in MS SQL Server?

I have ASP.NET web site that does it's own independent caching of data and data does not change for long periods of time, so it does not need to query SQL Server second time with same query. I need to ...
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Is there a way to programmatically script all objects associated with a given table?

I know that in SQL management studio I can right click a table/trigger/key and script object as.... Is there a way to do this programmatically, given an object's name? If so, is there a way to find ...
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SQL Server 2008 and extended properties [closed]

In SQL Server, what do you guys use extended properties for? Some articles and blogs are suggesting they be used for self-documentation of the database and its objects but I can't see this being used ...
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When should indexes be dropped and recreated?

We are constructing a data warehouse that initially will be 1 TB and will grow around 20gigs every month. For certain tables we are doing daily ETL processes and others we are doing weekly/monthly. ...
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Table not getting created under dbo schema

When creating tables in SSMS, I've realized that if you execute the following statement: CREATE TABLE [tableName]; the table will be created under your own schema (and not dbo). So in order to ...
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How to retrieve foreign key constraints data

I'm looking for a query allowing to retrieve foreign key infos (each line: referrencing table & field, referrenced table & field) of an entire schema. I've found this, but does not gives all ...
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How to delete a procedure which name is ambigous?

I am using informix... I dont know how i did it, but there are two procedures with the same name in my database. When i try to remove them with a DROP PROCEDURE myProc; then i get a error message ...
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Deadlock when update different rows with non-clustered index

I'm solving a deadlocking issue while I noticed the lock behavior is different when I use clustered and non-clustered index on the id field. The deadlock issue seems to be solved if clusted index or ...
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IO_STALL question and understanding

I am collecting IO_STALLS from sys.dm_io_virtual_file_stats every 5minutes and then doing a delta to see which files are being affected most by IO. In one 5min period I get a delta of 5826331 ms ...
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SELECT DISTINCT on one column, while returning the other columns?

I have a query which uses three lookup tables to get all the information I need. I need to have DISTINCT values for one column, however I also need the rest of the data associated with it. My SQL ...
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SQL Server query slow when paginated

I am seeing some strange behaviour with the following T-SQL query in SQL Server 2012: select Id FROM dbo.Person WHERE CONTAINS(Name, '"John" AND "Smith"') order by Name Executing this query alone ...
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Is there an execution difference between a JOIN condition and a WHERE condition?

Is there a performance difference between these two example queries? Query 1: select count(*) from table1 a join table2 b on b.key_col=a.key_col where b.tag = 'Y' Query 2; select ...
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How can I specify the position for a new column in PostgreSQL?

If I have a table with the columns: id | name | created_date and would like to add a column, I use: alter table my_table add column email varchar(255) Then the column is added after the ...
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What are the trade offs for incrementing ids vs. fulltext keys for foreign key designs?

In a lot of relational database designs there are fields that are referenced in other tables. For example consider a user table with a unique username and a second table storing address data. One ...
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LNNVL Justification

LNNVL is an oracle built in function that returns TRUE for conditions evaluating to FALSE or UNKNOWN, and returns FALSE for conditions evaluating to TRUE. My question is what would be the benefit of ...
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What are the security implications of sp_executesql?

By default, in SQL Server, the [public] role has EXECUTE rights on sp_executesql. However, I've inherited a database server where the previous DBA has revoked the EXECUTE right on sp_executesql. As ...
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How can I improve my SQL statement with weekly results with week starting on Thursday or any other day of the week?

I am a total newb, and I couldn't find a good way to do this anywhere. I have a database table that contains statistics that are recorded at various time throughout the week. The reporting week ...
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SQL Server 2008 datetime index performance bug

We are using SQL Server 2008 R2, and have a very large (100M+ rows) table with a primary id index, and a datetime column with a nonclustered index. We are seeing some highly unusual client/server ...
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Friends relations in MySQL

I'm developing a friendship relation in MySQL where friend relation is mutual. If A is friend of B, then B is friend of A. If one of the users end friendship then relation drops. I want to learn which ...
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How does using separate schemas affect SQL Server 2008 performance?

I want to use separate schemas for objects with different purposes in our SQL Server 2008 database. Right now we use a fairly mind-numbing naming convention to indicate the purpose of a table or ...
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Handling time zones in data mart/warehouse

We are starting to design the building blocks of a data mart/warehouse and we need to be able to support all time zones (our clients are from all over the world). From reading discussions online (and ...
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Designing Simple Schema for Disaggregation of Demand Forecast

I am doing a simple database design task as a training exercise where I have to come up with a basic schema design for the following case: I have a parent-child hierarchy of products (example, Raw ...
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SELECT DISTINCT on multiple columns

Supposing we have a table with four columns (a,b,c,d) of the same data type. Is it possible to select all distinct values within the data in the columns and return them as a single column or do I ...
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Database design: Dividing multiple identical tables, good or bad?

I am very new at SQL and databases in general. I only use them for the occasional homework so I haven't even tried to master them. I have seats at a theater, the seats are divided into 4 main areas ...
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A good SQL sniffer

Can anyone point me to a good SQL sniffer where I can watch the SQL commands that run against my database in real time? If it's free, that would be great.
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Why should a key be made explicit?

I am very new to the subject of databases so this may sound ignorant, but I am curious why a key should be made explicit within a table. Is this primarily to tell the user that the given column value ...
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In Oracle how do I save a sequence.nextval in a variable to be reused in multiple inserts?

I'm writing a script to populate some tables with data for testing. I would like to write something like the following but I don't know how to do it (I'm Oracle 11g) SET ENABLED_USER_ID = ...
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Do SQL Server stored procedures cache data results?

I have heard this from friends, but I never investigated whether this is true. Is it true that the data results of an executed query are stored in cache? I mean, if I have a stored procedure like : ...
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Is there any difference between putting a column alias at the start or the end of the column definition?

I've always seen and written my column aliases as SELECT 1 as ColumnName but today came across a query that used SELECT ColumnName = 1 Is there any difference in how these two queries get ...
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Use 'default value' in table when NULL

I am building a config table and want one row to be the default value. For the example, I have a list table of all my databases and a msg table of my return values. In the msg table, I have one row ...
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Returning rows where all non-NULL values are equal

Is there a simpler T-SQL construct for "all of these columns to be equal (NULLs ignored) on a row" - effective I want to say: WHERE MIN(a, b, c) = MAX(a, b, c) OR COALESCE(a, b, c) IS NULL this ...
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Call a stored procedure from a trigger

I have created a stored procedure in mysql using the following syntax. DROP PROCEDURE IF EXISTS `sp-set_comment_count`; DELIMITER $$ CREATE PROCEDURE `sp_set-comment_count` (IN _id INT) BEGIN -- ...
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attach/detach v.s. backup/restore

I am using SQL Server 2008 Enterprise. I need to transfer the database (as a whole) to another server (to make a duplicate database to setup another test environment). I have two choices, (1) making ...
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ORDER BY using custom priorities for text columns

This is a sample table: name | cat ---------- hugo | sal bob | mgr mike | dev jeff | mgr john | dev Both name and cat being Varchar. cat reflects a category for these names, but I like to assign ...
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Restrict update on certain columns. Only allow stored procedure to update those columns

I have sensitive price columns that I would like to have updated only through a stored procedure. I would like all code or manual attempts to alter values in these price columns to fail if it is not ...
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Update existing rows with squence number/char or any unique data

I added a new column in the Table X This column "cn" has to be unique and mandatory, but old data don't have any value. How to update the existing records with sequecely or random unique data? ...
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Combine column from multiple rows into single row

I've got some customer_comments split out into multiple rows due to database design, and for a report I need to combine the comments from each unique id into one row. I previously tried something ...
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Checking whether two tables have identical content in PostgreSQL

This has already been asked on Stack Overflow, but only for MySQL. I'm using PostgreSQL. Unfortunately (and surprisingly) PostgreSQL does not seem to have something like CHECKSUM table. A PostgreSQL ...
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How to find parent rows that have indentical sets of child rows?

Suppose I have structure like this: Recipes Table: RecipeID Name Description RecipeIngredients Table: RecipeID IngredientID Quantity UOM What are some good ways for ...
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What is the purpose of the USING parameter in SQL?

Working with some code on a standard MySQL database, and I came across this statement: SELECT * FROM foo LEFT JOIN bar USING ('bar_id') WHERE foo_id = 1 What's throwing me is: what is USING for, ...
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Why 0 is equal to empty string?

I need some help in finding why the following T-SQL statement returns 1 (true): SELECT IIF( 0 = '', 1, 0) I guess someone has change an ANSI option like SET ANSI_NULLS or something else that is ...
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Tombstone Table vs Deleted Flag in database syncronization & soft-delete scenarios

I need to keep track of deleted items for client synchronization needs. In general, is it better to add a tombstone table and a trigger that tracks when a row was deleted from the server database - ...
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How do you show SQL executing on an Oracle database?

How can you show the SQL that is currently executing on an oracle db? Extra information that would be useful would include user, session id etc.
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For a MySQL query, how do you determine physical and logical I/O?

I'm used to having a showplan in Microsoft SQL and have gotten lazy with using tools to tune MySQL queries. How can I determine physical/logical I/O for a query in MySQL? (EXPLAIN shows the index ...
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selecting where two columns are in a set

This might be a silly question, and my suspicion is that I can't do this, but is there a construct in SQL that would allow me to do something like the following: SELECT whatever WHERE col1,col2 IN ...
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Database behind a Multilingual User Interface

This question is about an issue somewhat more complicated than the one which has already been addressed in these old questions, all of which are duplicates of one another: Suggestion for database ...
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IN and NOT IN for XML column

I have a table with a xml column. Xml is similar to <Root> <Row> <user>abc</user> <Rowid>1</Rowid> </Row> <Row> ...