My query SELECTs 1 row from table1, which has a number of fields plus one very long text field. It JOINs with a second table2, that may have many matching corresponding rows. I would like to be able to spread the long text field, from table1, out over multiple lines (the number determined by the matching rows in table2).

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In the table above there is one row from Table1 where the key is table1_key = 'DU' and year = '2017'. Then there are four rows from Table2 with matching keys that include the programme_code and course_code. The field long_text_field, which I want to spread over multiple lines, comes from Table1.

Is it possible to extract a total row count for records that have been selected for output and still output the rows? Meaning that I want to see a count of 4 from the above and be able to work with this number in the displayed output. So that the result looks something like this:

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    Can you please edit your question with sample input and output data?
    – Philᵀᴹ
    Commented Oct 18, 2019 at 8:31

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I don't get your example, but if that's just an illustration of the question in the heading, the answer is a window function:

SELECT /* all your columns and expressions */,
       count(*) OVER () AS total_count
FROM /* the rest of your query */

This will append a column to each result row with the total number of result rows.

The window function is called after GROUP BY, but before ORDER BY and LIMIT.

  • Thanks for this Laurenz - sorry about the delay in responding. Window Functions - they look like they can solve this problem and some others that I am facing now. Thanks again. Commented Nov 13, 2019 at 5:42

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