I'm developing a program where I try an "UPDATE ... LIMIT 1" and if
mysql_affected_rows == 0, then I know nothing was updated and so I do an
INSERT. I find this is much cleaner and the majority of the time, I'm going
to do UPDATES, so I didn't want to waste a SELECT (even though I hear
they're "cheap"). I'm doing these queries several times per second.
however... Of course UPDATE doesn't 'ERROR" if the record doesn't exist, it
just didn't do anything (therefore that's why I use the mysql_num_rows() to
check). The problem is that if I am actually doing an UPDATE to a record
where nothing actually changed in the existing record, I still get
mysql_affected_rows() equal to 0. *grrr*.
It would be extremely useful to somehow get a result of maybe -1 if I tried
to update a record that didn't exist, versus a result of -2 if I tried to
update a record that did exist, but mySQL didn't change anything.
I don't know exactly what I'm asking for other than a way to know the
At the very least, it seems to me that if I update a record that exists
already (even if no data changed), I should still get mysql_affected_rows()
> 0 (since in theory I matched something, even if mySQL behind the scenes
didn't change the data).
Out of curiosity, if I have a TIMESTAMP column, would that solve my problem,
since mySQL should be forced to update that TIMESTAMP right?? [btw, I know I
could try this idea, but I'm home and my code is at work right now and I
just had the idea! ;-]