The closest I can find to what I want to do is How to duplicate related rows, but my inexperience gets me lost. Basically, I want to copy a number of records, change one column and insert them back into the same table (so its almost a duplicate of the original data).
Table menuship is a hash table for a food menu (each row in the table will identify a menu category (starter, main course, or dessert for example), and products (fish and chips).
CREATE TABLE `menuship3` ( `id` int(10) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `headhash` char(40) DEFAULT NULL, `menucardhash` char(40) DEFAULT NULL, `menucathash` char(40) DEFAULT NULL, `producthash` char(40) DEFAULT NULL, PRIMARY KEY (`id`), KEY `headhash` (`headhash`) ) ENGINE=InnoDB AUTO_INCREMENT=52 DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8
In programming circles, I would say I want to "fork" my data...
If my table content was like so:
I want to duplicate all records with menucardhash aaa (rows 1-5), so I will end up with a table containing 12 records. The extra records will have new menucarhash qqq instead of menucardhash aaa.
The result in effect means I have records that have similarity, records 1-5 are similar to records 8-12 - the differences being the id and menucardhash columns.
I was just going to select the records within PHP, change menucathash and send them back to the db, but I wondered if there was an SQL query that could do this for me and thus reduce cpu cycle overhead.
Is this possible via one or two queries, or am I better off having PHP carry the weight?