While I think the original message here was a off base calling the behaviour
of TIMESTAMP buggy, I do think it it would be nice to be able to have a
column whose DEFAULT was set to NOW(). Nearly all of my pre-MySQL tables
have a DateCreated column and a LastModified column. While I can obviously
modify any INSERT statements to insert NOW() into DateCreated, I would like
to be able to set the DEFAULT for a column to a non-constant value. It
seems that being able to use a function for a default value wouldn't be too
Just something to consider,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul DuBois [mailto:paul@stripped]
> Sent: Friday, June 04, 1999 9:07 AM
> To: Davor Cengija; Paul DuBois
> Cc: Davor Cengija; mysql@stripped
> Subject: Re: update & timestamp - bug or feature?
> At 12:38 AM -0500 6/4/99, Davor Cengija wrote:
> >On Thu, 3 Jun 1999, Paul DuBois wrote:
> >>At 3:00 PM -0500 6/3/99, Davor Cengija wrote:
> >>>update my_table set some_value = 'other word' where id = .whatever.;
> >>> causes the some_value to change, of course, AND ts (timestamp
> >>> column) is updated as well, so it has the time when the row
> >>> was updated, not inserted (what i'd expect).
> >>> so, is it a bug od feature?
> >>Well, what you're observing is how it's documented to work, so I guess
> >>I'd say "feature".
> >>> to avoid this problem, i'm using
> >>>update my_table set some_value = 'other word', ts = ts where id =
> >>> as mentioned in the manual under Update.
> >>Now you know why it says that in the manual. :-)
> > hehehe... put it in the manual and it becomes a feature:-)
> That's preferable to not documenting it, isn't it?
> > however, i wrote the previous mail considering that 'feature'
> > a little bit 'wrong', and therefore considering it 'buggy'...
> Why do you consider it so? Just curious.
> You can get the behavior you want with a DATETIME column instead, that you
> set to NOW() when you create a record and leave alone thereafter. I'm not
> sure I see the problem.
> Paul DuBois, paul@stripped
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