Ed,e:
Thanks for the quick reply Peter. Unfortunately, this is all legacy stuff that I have to make work together and the problemreport table does not reference the employeeid in the employees table. It was all create about ten years ago and the data has just always been migrated to the db du jour. I'm currently using MySQL 4.1x but most importantly I must be able to run the entire query in a single call.
 
Thanks for the help.
  
OK, that's doable in a subquery, and you can get the total from SUM(1), so something like ...

SELECT
  IF( SUM(1) = 0,
      '',
      CONCAT( 'You have ',
              SUM(1),
              ' Problem Report',
              IF(SUM(1) = 1,'','s'),
              ': Priorities(High=',
              SUM(IF(Priority='High',1,0)),
              ',Med=',
              SUM(IF(Priority='Med',1,0)),
              ',Low=',
              SUM(IF(Priority='Low' ,1,0)),
              ')'
            )
    )
FROM (
  SELECT Priority
  FROM ProblemReports, Employees
  WHERE ProblemReports.Status='Open'
  AND ProblemReports.Responsible=CONCAT(Employees.FirstName, ' ',Employees.LastName)
  AND Employees.DateTerminated IS NULL
  AND Employees.UserName='User1'
) AS priorities;

PB

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Peter Brawley <peter.brawley@earthlink.net> 4/4/06 2:35:49 PM >>>
        

Ed,

The big slowdown in your query is likely the join on 

  ProblemReports.Responsible = CONCAT(Employees.FirstName, ' ',Employees.LastName)) 

Eek. Does the employees table not have a primary key, and does the problemreports table not reference that key? If not,  I would think a first priority would be to fix that.

Meanwhile, you can simplify your monster query by writing the user's problem priorities to a temp table, then doing a simple pivot on priority to generate your sentence. Something like ...

DROP TEMPORARY TABLE IF EXISTS ProbSum;
CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE ProbSum
SELECT Priority 
FROM ProblemReports, Employees 
WHERE ProblemReports.Status='Open' 
AND ProblemReports.Responsible=CONCAT(Employees.FirstName, ' ',Employees.LastName) 
AND Employees.DateTerminated IS NULL 
AND Employees.UserName='User1'

SELECT COUNT(*) INTO @n FROM ProbSum;

SELECT 
  IF( @n = 0, 
      '',
      CONCAT( 'You have',
              @n,
              'Problem Report',
              IF(@n=1,'','s'),
              ': Priorities(High=',
              SUM(IF(Priority='High',1,0)),
              ',Med=',
              SUM(IF(Priority='Med',1,0)),
              ',Low=',
              SUM(IF(Priority='Low' ,1,0)),
              ')'
            )
    )
FROM probsum;

DROP TEMPORARY TABLE probsum;

All this would be easier in a stored procedure, if you have MySql 5.

PB   

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Ed Reed wrote: 
Can someone help me simplify this query please? It's meant to return a single string result that looks something like this, "You have 12 open Problem Reports: Priorities(High=5, Med=6, Low=1)" The relavent columns from the two tables are  Table: ProblemReportsFields: PRNo, Status, Priority, Responsible Table: EmployeesFields: Firstname, Lastname, DateTerminated, UserName Here's the query Select IF((@a:=(SELECT Count(PRNo) From ProblemReports, Employees WHERE (ProblemReports.Status='Open') AND (ProblemReports.Responsible=ConCat(Employees.FirstName, ' ',Employees.LastName)) AND (Employees.DateTerminated Is Null) AND (Employees.UserName='User1')))>0,  If (@a=1, ConCat('You have one open Problem Report: Prioritiy = ', (Select Priority From ProblemReports, Employees WHERE (ProblemReports.Status='Open') AND (ProblemReports.Responsible=ConCat(Employees.FirstName, ' ',Employees.LastName)) AND (Employees.DateTerminated Is Null) AND (Employees.UserName='User1'))),  Concat('You have
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