I have a query selecting the greatest value of 2 timestamps.

To achieve it I'm calling:

SELECT GREATEST( IFNULL( tableb.create_time, 0 ) , IFNULL( tablea.create_time, 0 ) )

I'm using IFNULL because the create_time value can be null. The problem is that the result is something like '2014-0' instead of '2014-08-14 17:04:39'

Here's a fiddle to illustrate my problem

The result is OK when:

  • I'm not using IFNULL
  • I'm using IFNULL but I have no join in the query (so the GREATEST is performed on 2 timestamps in the same table)

So for me the problem comes really from the use of GREATEST and IFNULL in a join query.

  • Use TIMESTAMP'19700101' instead of 0. Aug 14 '14 at 22:54
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    Nice! Using COALESCE instead of IFNULL is also solving the issue. I you want create an answer so I can mark it as solving my question!
    – darkheir
    Aug 14 '14 at 22:57

It just so happens that FROM_UNIXTIME(18000) is '1970-01-01 00:00:00'

  • "It just so happens that FROM_UNIXTIME(18000) is '1970-01-01 00:00:00'" – doesn't it depend on @@session.time_zone? If you set it to '+00:00', for instance, FROM_UNIXTIME(18000) will start evaluating to '1970-01-01 05:00:00', no?
    – Andriy M
    Dec 16 '15 at 17:44

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