I use this function INSERT (http://www.smallsql.de/doc/sql-functions/string/insert.html) to add a value in a data:

INSERT (log, POSITION(' edited' IN log), 1, 'NOW()')

I use also the NOW function to add the date in the data but it does not work. What is the problem?

  • Why cant you use mysql or postgresql? Its the first time av heard of smallsql!
    – indago
    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:06
  • it's used in an update request with my sql. I think the error is in the now () function after test but how can i correct it
    – Amirov
    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:10
  • is there a date() function? whats the exact error message you are getting?
    – indago
    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:16
  • NOW() is a function (w3schools.com/sql/sql_func_now.asp). if i delete NOW() to my request the data is updated else i have a syntax error
    – Amirov
    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:22
  • @Amirov: now() is not a standard (ANSI) SQL function. You should not believe w3schools, that site is full of errors.
    – user1822
    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:20

1 Answer 1


When you write your INSERT query:

INSERT (log, POSITION(' edited' IN log), 1, 'NOW()')

In this way the DBMS thinks you try to put in your date field a string named "NOW()" instead of function to retrieve the current timestamp

You must remove the ' ' around NOW() function. In this way:

INSERT (log, POSITION(' edited' IN log), 1, NOW())

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