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nest SELECT in INSERT

I'm trying to do something like: INSERT INTO stories (vid, ip, body, timestamp) VALUES ( (SELECT vid+1 FROM stories ORDER BY vid DESC LIMIT 1), INET_ATON('127.0.0.1'), 'test', ...
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How do I calculate values based on the previous row after skipping the first 12 rows?

I'm looking for help to write this query. I have included some sample data below. My initial premise is that all the values from the 13th row onward will be dynamic and the first 12 rows will be ...
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Methods of speeding up a huge DELETE FROM <table> with no clauses

Using SQL Server 2005. I am performing a huge DELETE FROM with no where clauses. It's basically equivalent to a TRUNCATE TABLE statement - except I'm not allowed to use TRUNCATE. The problem is ...
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Select XML values when attribute involved

I have a table that stores XML values in field: OtherData. An XML value from one row: < file path="C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe" /> I would like to select all rows that have an ...
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How to wrap long lines when SELECTing SQL text columns?

I'm selecting from a table with long text columns. I'd like to wrap long lines to a maximum line length. From: SELECT * FROM test; test_id | text ...
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How can can I get object definitions stripped of all comments?

When I want to know if a stored procedure or views references a given name (table, view or column), I need a version of the object definition stripped of all comments. Is this possible by a SQL ...
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Searching for a Data Dictionary for SQL or Oracle

I am looking for metadata specifications (data dictionary) for SQL Server and Oracle databases. By metadata map, I mean a definitive description of what objects make up database model and their ...
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Updating rows conditionally with a gapless ascending value

A user has a table they would like to update. Depending on the data in other columns they want a particular column to be updated with an ascending value starting from 1 that is gap-less. The rows ...
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Is polling the only way for updating app's data from a database?

An application needs to have data as more freshly updated from a database as possible. In such a case, is there any other way for getting the data, besides of a timer based requesting (polling) the ...
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How to group a resultset by day?

I have a table with a LastUpdated field that is DateTime and wanted to know how can I group months of data collected by chronological days such that I can derive the number of records in each day ...
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bcp in of datetime type data results in an “Invalid date / time format”

I am familiarizing myself with the bcp utility, and I have a large table containing datetime data awhich I bcp out in several ways: native, character, delimited. I then bcp in to a truncated table ...
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How can I truly DELETE data from a SQL Server table - still shows up in notepad in backup file?

SQL Server DELETE only marks as DELETED though leaves as data in the data pages. Data pages are 1024 KB in size and this problem can be eliminated by adding a FILLFACTOR that ensures only 1 record ...
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Multiple Distinct Columns

I have a table named 'DATAENTRY' with the following columns Title FName MName LName Add1 Add2 Add3 City Now I want to select records which have different (FName, MName ,LName) so I tried SELECT ...
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Query between two related tables

I have two tables. One of them (user_profile table) has a field named "user_profile_id" and the other one (user_friend table) has two fields named "user_profile1_id" and "user_profile2_id" which are ...
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Needing A Database Design Book

I am designing a database and it has so many relationships among my tables and i need a book that teaches database design very well.I am looking for a book where table relationships simple and complex ...
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trying to turn XML into heirarchical SQL tables, can anyone provide a good explanation of two parts of this code example?

I am trying to learn how to turn XML into heirarchical SQL tables. I have found an old code snippet from a Microsoft forum which is basically what I am trying to do, but I was wondering if someone ...
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Help with Query Tuning

EDIT - drachenstern: see this question for more information on this problem and on the source of his query below: Group data by non-unique keys by distinct time range Can someone please advise ...
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multi-table mysql query

I am trying to make a multi-table query that I am not quite sure how to do properly. I have User, Message, Thread, and Project. A User is associated with Message/Thread/Project as either the Creator ...
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How do I query this 20 million record view faster?

For a search functionality I am using a view that has the records from all the tables within which I need to search for. The view has almost 20 million records. Searches against this view are taking ...
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Problem with MySQL subquery

Why does this query DELETE FROM test WHERE id=(SELECT id FROM (SELECT * FROM test) temp ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 1); sometimes delete 1 row, sometimes 2 rows and sometimes nothing? If I write it in this ...
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Why do primary keys have names of their own?

From a mathematical view, granted that a table has at most one primary key, it seems to be a shortsighted design decision to refer to primary keys by some arbitrary name instead of a simple table ...
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Group data by non-unique keys by distinct time range

I have data in my table like following... PROJ_NBR STATUS START_DT AL20 AC 1/14/2010 4:31 AL20 AC 1/14/2010 4:32 AL20 AC ...
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The SELECT permission was denied on the (View) object after explicit grant select on view to user

I have a database with a View Named '1098Statement' We are doing testing for an application with user name 'appuser'. I have tried the following solutions to granting select on the view and keep ...
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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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SQL Server 2005: Integration Services Stored Packages is empty. Why?

I am trying to import, export SSIS packages. I know they are there. When I query msdb.dbo.sysdtspackages90 I get 22 packages. But when I connect to Integration Services on the server, the stored ...
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In Oracle, how to globally enable parallel execution?

In Oracle 11g, is there a way to tell the database to use parallel execution whenever possible by setting a flag etc, rather than using PARALLEL hints with every SQL statement?
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Where all can the /*+ PARALLEL */ hint be used?

It works with SELECT and UPDATE statements. Are there some more statements with which it works? I was able to use it with create, but am not sure if the hint was actually considered. SQL> create ...
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Is it possible to install Developer Edition of SQL Server as the primary development server?

Is it possible to install Developer edition of SQL Server on a Windows server environment as development server? Each developer will have a local copies of same SQL Server edition and will connect to ...
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Examples of SQL transaction procedures for sales tracking or a financial database

I am making a database for an accounting/sales type system similar to a car sales database and would like to make some transactions for the following real world actions: salesman creates new product ...
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Oracle SQL - CASE in a WHERE clause

Is it possible to somehow do this? WITH T1 AS ( SELECT 1 AS SEQ, 'NOTHING 1' AS SOME_TYPE FROM DUAL UNION ALL SELECT 2 AS SEQ, 'NOTHING 2' AS SOME_TYPE FROM DUAL UNION ALL SELECT 3 AS SEQ, ...
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I'm performing a post-mortem on an Oracle database that's crashed its' host. Where should I begin?

I have an Oracle database (10.2.0.1.0 I believe) on a Windows 2003 server that I believe has successfully crashed the OS itself twice. Debates on platforms and stability aside, the evidence suggests ...
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Does separating VARCHAR values based on size have a performance gain?

I am working with a team that is trying to implement an EAV system. They have decided to split the attribute-value tables out by type and they are debating using different tables for different size ...
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How to differentiate between SQL and PL/SQL?

I know the question might sound too stupid, but I never understood this part. SQL*Plus works with both SQL and PL/SQL. How do I know whether some code is SQL or PL/SQL? If my code has a for ...
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Date alignment and pair matching extraction best done with TSQL or C#?

For starting with: my title sucks, so help me figure out a new one? I can't post all the SQL here (over 30k characters for the lot of it), so I stuck it on pastebin.com The problem: I get an XML ...
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Fetch first 9 records and make one more record which will be as “Others” in MySQL

I am fetching records from one table with count of one field with other field as name. I want only 10 records. out of which 9 records give me field and its count. but i want to show 10 record as ...
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LIKE to select the independent existence of the word whereever in the text

I have a table with the following texts and the key word i am searching for is 'Search'.So i have written a query SELECT [ID] ,[TextValue] FROM [dbo].[SearchLike] WHERE [TextValue] LIKE ...
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Selecting an entry that spans adjacent months

So i have a database table that contains the a "event name", "start-date", "end-date" columns which is used in a calendar application im working on. The events get shown one month at a time, and that ...
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How do you handle adding nullable columns to each other in a query?

Currently whenever I write a query that is adding columns that can contain nulls I resort to wrapping each field in isnull or coalesce, such as coalesce(score1,0) + coalesce(score2,0). Is there a ...
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How different are the top DB vendor's SQL (DML-) dialects from each other?

Does someone who has worked extensibly SQL-wise with at least two top DB products (such as Oracle, SQL Server, Informix, Sybase, DB2, Teradata) know how different the DB vendor's SQL dialects are from ...
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SQL Server 2000 : List and Disable all triggers

I have to do a database cleanup for one of our databases on a sql server 2000 environment. The cleanup basically includes the disabling of all triggers, deletion of all old data, enabling of the ...
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what is the first schema checked?

I am a little confused right now. Can someone answer me with a simple answer to this question. I have a user [user_test] and has [db_owner] role assigned to him for one database [database_test]. ...
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How to get the MAX row

In SQL Server I've always found it a pain to get the max rows for a dataset, I'm looking for a list of the methods to retrieve the max rows with some guidance on performance and maintainability. ...
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Why can't I use newid() in a user-defined table-valued function?

I recently found out that SQL Server 2005 doesn't allow the use of newid() within user-defined functions. Why is this? I have an alternate solution that suits my needs, so I'm not looking for ways to ...
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What is the best way to get a random ordering?

I have a query where I want the resulting records to be ordered randomly. It uses a clustered index, so if I do not include an order by it will likely return records in the order of that index. How ...
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Difference between Hash, Merge and Loop join?

In SQL Server you can specify the join hints: HASH JOIN MERGE JOIN LOOP JOIN What is the definition of those three join hints, and when should each be used?
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Unexplained InnoDB timeouts

I've been seeing some very basic updates timing out lately and have not been able to determine the cause. An example: //# Query_time: 51 Lock_time: 0 Rows_sent: 0 Rows_examined: 0 UPDATE photos ...
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What is the best way to filter or otherwise manipulate the results returned by a stored procedure?

Often I find myself wanting to filter or order the results returned by execing a stored procedure - for example to order the output of sp_who2 by login or CPU Time, or filter it by host name. What is ...
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How do I copy a table with SELECT INTO but ignore the IDENTITY property?

I have a table with identity column say: create table with_id ( id int identity(1,1), val varchar(30) ); It's well known, that this select * into copy_from_with_id_1 from with_id; results in ...
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How to execute SQL against all DBs on a Server

I have some standard SQL that I run against multiple databases on a single server to help me diagnose problems: select so.name, so.type, MAX(case when sc.text like '%remote%' then '' ...
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What is the corresponding MySQL TimeStamp in MS SQL Server?

I need a timestamp to be created automatically when I insert information in a table. mySQL has TimeStamp but MS SQL Server TimeStamp doesn’t correspond mySQL. Is there any other way around?