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Identifying which values do NOT match a table row

I would like to be able to easily check which unique identifiers do not exist in a table, of those supplied in a query. To better explain, here's what I would do now, to check which IDs of the list ...
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Would I lose data if I change a column from varbinary(8000) to varbinary(max)?

Is there any data loss if a table is being altered to change an existing column from varbinary(8000) to varbinary(MAX)?
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Merge multiple “is exists” queries into one statement

I'm trying to figure out how to check if multiple rows exist in multiple tables in one statement. Given the following tables: table table_one ======== id 'a' 'b' 'c' table table_two ======== ...
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Oracle 11g: performance improvements of inserts

I have a table of 500 millions of rows (and growing) I did the following to improve performance of inserts: On database side: dropped all indexes and constraints disabled logging On application ...
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Error on creating database in SSMS

I am using SQL Server Management Studio 2008. I am connect to localhost and I want to create a database. When I click on New Database, type the name and click ok, I get the message: Index was ...
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Best way to query huge data

First let me describe my case: I need to store around 200extra detail of each user. I am using wordpress. Now there is a default function to save data associated with user. But i am not sure what ...
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What are the differences between SQL I/O Sim and SQL IO tools?

I want to test my different SQL Server alternatives with a benchmark tool. I found two tools by Microsoft: SQLIO Disk Subsystem Benchmark Tool SQL IO Sim What are the differences between them? is ...
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SELECT TOP in MySQL

How can I do this in MySQL? SELECT TOP 50 PERCENT * FROM table What's the simplest way to do it without running to separate queries (if possible)?
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Restore a back up to a new database

I have a full back up of a database, I want to update some records in some table in the current database from its old backup without affecting other records. What is the best way to do this? ...
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Reserving dates with quantities, table schema wrong?

Okay I have a table like so. ID Productname Quantity Image QuantityOut LastDateReserved 1 productOne 5 'image.jpg' 3 2013-03-15 2 ...
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Primary Key efficiency

If I need a table to hold Point of Sales transactions, and am told I need to store: Country ID Store Number POS Terminal Number Transaction Date Item Code Teller ID Another Field More Fields Now, ...
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Filtering data that could have more than one category

I have a table like the following: Annotation ( document, term, category ) Where document and term are some ID, while category is an integer. The couple document - term is not unique, ...
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Database is read-only

I got this error. How can I resolve it? Failed to update database "msdb" because the database is read-only. Could not insert a backup or restore history/detail record in the msdb database. This ...
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Performance about this simplified where-condition query

I have a query in SQL Server 2008 like this: SELECT a.type, a.name, a.startDate, a.endDate, b.key AS key, b.is_locked AS is_locked, ...
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pessimistic locking and client death

We are considering pessimistic locking for our project (SELECT ... FOR UPDATE); as we are used to optimistic locking, we are afraid about the operation of the server being blocked on such a lock (lock ...
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Migrating data in SQL Server from source to target with schema change at target

We have a strange scenario. We have a source database running on SQL Server 2005 where we push data to a target database running on SQL Server 2008 R2. The source database table has 5 columns. The ...
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Find the average number of n:m connections of two tables?

I want to know to how many lists a user is assigned in average. User ==== id name Lists_Users =========== user_id list_id List ==== id title Is there a good way of receiving this number via ...
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Backup stored procedure for full, differential and log backup

I wrote a simple stored procedure for backing up FULL, Differential and LOG backup. This is my stored procedure: Alter PROCEDURE BackupDB ( @BaseLocation varchar(1024), @BackupType ...
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SQL Server 2008 SP2 randomly slow down query

I am using SQL Server 2008 SP2 and I'm facing an issue with a particular query. It is taking 4 sec to 4 min in execution. Please suggest the possibilities. There is no scope of query optimization. ...
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Window functions cause awful execution plan when called from a view with external parametrized 'where' clause

I had this issue long time ago, I found a workaround which suited me and forgot about it. But now there's that question on SO so I'm willing to bring this problem up. There's a view that joins few ...
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T-SQL Purpose of MAX in this Group By Query

I have run into some pre-existing SQL that I'm having a hard time uderstanding. SELECT MAX(I.Symbol) Symbol , MAX(I.Ticker) CUSIP , MAX(I.Name) Name , SUM(H.Quantity) TotalQuantity , ...
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Avoiding repetition without creating a view

Suppose that I have a query Q1 and I need to run a query like the following: Q1 union select * from (some query that uses Q1 outcome) I would like to do that: Without creating any view Without ...
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help with simple sql queries [closed]

Can I use some help please with the following query Consider the following schema: Suppliers(sid,sname,saddress) Parts(pid,pname,color) Catalog(sid->Suppliers,pid->Parts,cost)sid and pid ...
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How to Model / Quickly test for set membership in SQL?

Each row in a table needs to be protected a list of application specific roles lets say something that looks like this example below Desired Table Structure pkey | data | roles ...
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How do I write backup procedure

I've read that a decent backup strategy would be: 1) Full backup weekly 2) Differential backups daily 3) Log backups every 5 minutes. Now question is how do I write this stored procedure and create ...
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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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Restore one table from SQL Server data file (.mdf)

I stupidly deleted most of the contents of a table in my database. I have a backup of the server which has the .mdf on it. I assume I can make a new db and attach the backup .mdf. Then I can select ...
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Database Design Relationship for Patient Visit in MS Access

I am designing a database to store records for research purposes, and I am having trouble picturing how I can create a relational database based on the information I have. There are a total of 6 ...
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Find “n” consecutive free numbers from table

I have some table with numbers like this (status is either FREE or ASSIGNED) id_set number status ----------------------- 1 000001 ASSIGNED 1 000002 FREE 1 000003 ...
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How to recover data around corrupted data in table? [closed]

I have a SQL Server database with some corrupted data unrepairable via DBCC CHECKDB in a table. I can get many of the rows before the corruption out - but how do I get the rows after the corruption ...
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Find the first gap in an aggregation of integers in SQL Server

Let's say I have a table called dbo.GroupAssignment. GroupID | Rank ------------------ 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 2 3 2 4 3 2 3 4 3 5 The PK is GroupID, Rank. Normally, the ranks ...
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Selecting minimum value using a subquery

I need to write a query to grab the lowest price from each merchant and output the price link (p_link) and some other information such as merchant name + rating. We have a table for prices ...
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Materialized View does not import properly when importing a db for a second time in another schema

When I import a database with materialized view mv_mt in just one schema I get no errors. create materialized view mv_mt refresh complete next trunc( sysdate ) + 1 as SELECT sysdate, media_type.* ...
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Changing passphrase for EncryptByPassPhrase

I am using EncryptByPassPhrase to encrypting some columns. If I want to change the passphrase in the future, how can I change it?
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How to model inheritance of two tables mysql

I have some tables where I store data and depending on the type of person (worker,civil) that did a job I want to store it a table 'event', now these guys rescue an animal (thereis a table animal). ...
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IF NOT NULL then UPDATE else keep the value of the field

I think I am somehow close to get it work, but for some reason I still get errors. I have the following UPDATE query: UPDATE DeviceAttribute SET Details = CASE Name WHEN 'Accessories' THEN ...
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Installing Full Text Search on SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

I can't for the life of me install full text search on my SQL Server 2008 R2 instance. Every installer I have tried shows me this: I've tried: SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe ...
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SQL Server 2005 Database move and rationalisation - Recommended maintenance processes

We're moving a SQL Server 2005 database to a new server and upgrading to 2008, and I'm looking for some advice and reassurance that our approach is correct. I inherited this database and it came to ...
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Database Relational Design for Multiple Categories

I am building a database for participants who are grouped into studies. There's a total of 5 different studies - A, B, C, D, and E. The participants may be in more than one studies, and participants ...
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Can I move up rows in the memory itself? [closed]

Lets say i have the following table : id col2 col3 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 And I'm trying to move rows to different ...
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Join Calender Table

I have a Datatable and a Calendartable. I do a join on this tables to get sequential dates if there is no data for this day. My problem now is that there a several id's and i need a count for each ...
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How do I remove duplicate records in a join table in PostgreSQL?

I have a table that has a schema like this: create_table "questions_tags", :id => false, :force => true do |t| t.integer "question_id" t.integer "tag_id" end ...
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Is there a Postgres admin GUI that can execute a master file containing multiple sql files

I'm developing a really long script. I'd like to break the script into smaller, more manageable scripts and include each sql file in a master file, then just execute the master file. example: ...
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Sum Up values in a query based on other information

I am trying to grab the sum of 2 columns if 1 column is the same. I currently have a record-set that looks like this: I get these results by running this statement: select distinct a.eventnum, ...
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how do I insert a default row?

If I create a table with an identity column as primary key, and all the other columns have default values, for example create table rr (id int identity(1,1) primary key, dt datetime default ...
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SQL update set column = @ parameter

doeas anyone knows how to update a table where column = @parameter WHERE SELECT Basically I have a table with the following values. Table name is UserAttribute ID|Name |Properties| ...
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Script to get duration

I am new to PostgreSQL. I am trying to write a query which can give me duration of the time. The fields are in the format yyyymmddhhmmss. In between we will get empty fields for Start_Time or ...
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Query to determine a count by rolling interval

I'm looking at orders and trying to simulate some messageing that we are doing in the query so that Marketing can get a base line for how many responses they might expect if we changed the interval of ...
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How to Reorganize Microsoft Access Table

I have just taken over a retiring DBA's position and is responsible for migrating the current access database to SQL Server or PostgreSQL. Right now, the table structure is a mess. Instead of ...
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Easy or Schedulable way to move data from Production to Test

What I am looking to do, is schedule a copy of data from my production database to my dev/test database. The dev/test database will be newer than the production database in terms of schema, but the ...