I'm trying to build a SQL query that will show me all the products that have products.description IS NULL but also have a corresponding description in the descriptions table. So code is always a substring of info.

The products.code is a substring of descriptions.info, so I'm not sure how to pull this.


id |  code   |  description
1    12345-1      NULL


id |  info
1     12345-1_Hammer
  • Is the substring always the same length
    – Nic
    Dec 18, 2017 at 17:17
  • @nic yes always the same length
    – A_B
    Dec 18, 2017 at 17:22

2 Answers 2


You need t o compare product.info with descriptions.info. If the needed condition is for one to be a substring of the other, it can be done with LIKE.

Since there may be more than one descriptions matching (having as substring) a product code, we should use an EXISTS subquery:

SELECT p.id, p.code
FROM products AS p
WHERE p.description IS NULL
      ( SELECT *
        FROM descriptions AS d 
        WHERE d.info LIKE '%' + p.code + '%'
      ) ;
select distinct * 
from products 
join descriptions 
  on products.description is null 
 and products.code + '%' like descriptions.info

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