I have a table big_table with a large number of daily INSERTs, and this table has a column interesting_val. For the first row, and first row only, which is inserted after 00:00 UTC on each date, I want to SELECT interesting_val and INSERT to another table daily_interesting_val. Is this behavior something I can achieve with a combination of procedures and triggers?

Whenever big_table has at least one row created after 00:00 UTC, but daily_interesting_val does not have a corresponding row with the new interesting_val, my application is in an illegal state, and I want to make this time window as small as possible.

One solution I can imagine, but don't if is possible in MySQL:

Create a scheduled procedure that creates a trigger at 00:00 each day. This trigger calls a procedure which (1) checks existence of row, (2) if not exists, insert row, (3) if exists, delete trigger.

  • I edited my question a bit. The scheduled procedure is undesirable because I have no way of exactly knowing when big_table gets the first INSERT for the day, and I can't tolerate more than a few seconds where my application is in the illegal state.
    – Magnus
    Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 21:50
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    To me, the ultimate fix is re-writing the logic of the application. If that logic cannot be completely re-written, a trigger would resolve the issue but you will have performance hits. Is there a duration you'd expect the value to occur? Could you schedule a job to do the check every 30 seconds for the first half hour of the day? That would possibly be a lighter hit than the trigger depending on how many transactions occur on this table. Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 21:55
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    What would be wrong with a VIEW? Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 0:38

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Use INSERT IGNORE and have a unique key on the date. The first insert to run for the day will succeed; the rest will be "ignored".

  • Do you know anything about what performance hit, if any, I should expect from this?
    – Magnus
    Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 13:49
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    @Magnus - "not much". How often is trigger firing? How many queries per second are you executing now? 100 qps is easy; much more is possible. Think of this as adding one more query.
    – Rick James
    Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 14:12
  • Thanks for elaborating. Is this a type of overhead you would deem acceptable if this was a DBMS you were responsible for? You say it's possible with a lot more than 100 qps, but does that mean it's a good idea, or at the very least, not a bad idea?
    – Magnus
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 8:32
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    @Magnus - INSERT IGNORE will be faster than SELECT + INSERT. It is very reasonable to use it where appropriate. You seem to be in "premature optimization mode". Get farther into development. Then show us a biggeer picture of where performance is actually a problem.
    – Rick James
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 18:48
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    A million inserts a day, even with a trigger doing the INSERT IGNORE, will be easily performed. A billion a day is a different matter; and the solution won't be found in this lowly INSERT IGNORE.
    – Rick James
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 18:50

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