I try to make a query with inner join from grass gis (but in that community this question was concerned as offtopic, so it seems to concern only SQL lite):

db.execute sql="UPDATE A SET A.next2=B.next_stream 
                FROM stream_order2 AS A 
                INNER JOIN stream_order2 AS B ON A.factor=B.stream"

I have to do this because I would like to set values of next2 as values of next stream from table corresponding to stream numbers equal to factor value. db.execute throws an error.

Then I updated the command and removed A. statement. Now the error is:

Error in sqlite3_prepare():
 near "FROM": syntax error

I tried to remove A. after ON, but it doesn't help, I don't think it's the issue.

  • What SQLite version are you using because update from syntax is supported from v3.33 version ? Sep 5, 2023 at 9:28
  • I can't find exactly what version it is, but as in throws sqlite3 error, seem to be 3 and up. Grass I have is 7.8.7. version. Developers may write somewhere about sql version, but I can't find it. Sep 5, 2023 at 9:50
  • Can I run it from bash somehow? Sep 5, 2023 at 10:10
  • If by bash you mean cli such as terminal ? If so yes and the first thing you should see would be something like SQLite version 3.28.0 2019-04-15 14:49:49 Sep 5, 2023 at 10:11
  • I have SQLite version 3.27.2 2019-02-25 16:06:06 Sep 5, 2023 at 10:16

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I have SQLite version 3.27.2 2019-02-25 16:06:06

UPDATE FROM is supported beginning in SQLite version 3.33.0 (2020-08-14).

You can get around this by using a correlated subquery and having suitable indexes ,

UPDATE stream_order2
SET next2 = (SELECT B.next_stream
             FROM stream_order2 B
             WHERE B.stream=stream_order2.factor )
              FROM stream_order2 B
              WHERE B.stream=stream_order2.factor)

See example here


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