> I'm creating a new MySQL database from an existing Filemaker db.
> My problem is that some of the existing 'numbers' in one column (it
> was a text field in FMP) have leading zeros. eg: 003, 0007, 012,
> 001234. I need to maintain these numbers 'as is' - complete with
> zeros. I've tried all the numeric data types and they all seem to
> strip these leading zeros. Is it possible to have a numeric field
> type which will maintain those zeros? I want this column to become
> the primary key.
"leading zeros" is a typical "display requirement".
An integer value does not have something as leading zeros.
Why not make the VARCHAR the PK and keep the datatype?
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