I have an table with some records and a column LAST_EDIT_USER. If I want to select all users with the number of appearances for every user, I would do


and this will return something like

NULL   0
user1  5
admin  7
USER2  11

How can I get from a SQL filter the user1 (with the minimum of occurrences) - excepting NULL? LATER EDIT: or a list of the users with minimum number of occurrences

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    Are you asking how to ONLY return 1 row which would be user1 because it has the minimum count where LAST_EDIT_USER is not null? Jul 3 '18 at 11:55
  • 2
    Which DBMS are you using? And what happens if there are two users with the same lowest count (e.g.: user1 -> 5, user2 -> 5), return all of them or only one of them? If only one of them, what's the criteria which of them will be returned (e.g. lexicographical smallest user name)?
    – sticky bit
    Jul 3 '18 at 11:56
  • Yap, I need a list of the users with the minimum number of uses, sorry
    – WDrgn
    Jul 3 '18 at 11:57
  • - excepting NULL? - HAVING last_edit_user IS NOT NULL. I need a list of the users - it is necessary to specify DBMS.
    – Akina
    Jul 3 '18 at 12:11

Add a WHERE clause to filter the rows where last_edit_user is null. Then put another query around it, to get the minimum count. Use this as a subquery in the HAVING clause to get only the ones with the count equal to the minimum.

SELECT last_edit_user,
       FROM edited_elements_table
       WHERE last_edit_user IS NOT NULL
       GROUP BY last_edit_user
       HAVING count(last_edit_user) = (SELECT min(c)
                                              FROM (SELECT count(last_edit_user) c
                                                           FROM edited_elements_table
                                                           WHERE last_edit_user IS NOT NULL
                                                           GROUP BY last_edit_user) x);
  • do it needs an AS.... ? because it gives me an error.
    – WDrgn
    Jul 3 '18 at 12:24
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    @WDrgn - try putting a table alias between the last 2 parenthesis - GROUP BY last_edit_user) a ); Jul 3 '18 at 12:34
  • 1
    @WDrgn: Sorry, I missed to alias the subquery, you're right. I correct the answer, thanks for the pointer.
    – sticky bit
    Jul 3 '18 at 12:50

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