I am loading .csv files into Mariadb 10.6 using LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE.

There is a DATE column called posted_on in the inbound data, and I need store the month name in another field monther, ideally as part of the loading process.

If posted_on = '2023-10-13' then monther = 'October'

I assumed a trigger would be appropriate and have tried variations (added NEW., before/after) on the following:

CREATE TRIGGER `t_add_monther` after INSERT ON `qn_txs` 
 UPDATE qn_txs SET NEW.qn_txs.`monther` = MONTHNAME(`posted_on`);

But can't get past the dreaded ERROR 1442 (HY000) at line 1: Can't update table 'qn_txs' in stored function/trigger because it is already used by statement which invoked this stored function/trigger.

Any thoughts? Is a different approach needed?

2 Answers 2


Right, you can't UPDATE/DELETE/INSERT in a trigger for the same table. This could cause an infinite loop of triggers.

But you don't need to use UPDATE if you are changing values in the row being inserted. If you SET NEW.ColumnName in a trigger, that changes the value for that column in the row that spawned the trigger.

CREATE TRIGGER `t_add_monther` BEFORE INSERT ON `qn_txs` 
 SET NEW.`monther` = MONTHNAME(NEW.`posted_on`);

Demo: https://dbfiddle.uk/qC9iCUbg

  • Makes sense. Unfortunately, the CREATE is throwing an error. Looks good to me though. ``` syntax to use near '.monther = MONTHNAME(posted_on)' at line 3 ``` Oct 18, 2023 at 0:37
  • Sorry, I didn't notice that you had done NEW.tableName.columnName. You don't need the table name in that. It is implicit that NEW.columName is naturally based on the table the trigger is defined for. I have edited my answer above to fix that. Oct 18, 2023 at 2:04
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Don't bother with a TRIGGER, use a temporary variable inside the LOAD DATA:

(a, b, c, @date, e, f, ...) 
SET date = @date,
    monther = MONTH(@date)

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