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From:Dan Nelson Date:February 1 2002 4:59am
Subject:Re: Bug in UNIQUE?
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In the last episode (Feb 01), Carsten Gehling said:
> > >The SQL below illustrates what I believe is a bug in MySQL up to
> > >and including 3.23.47. Essentially I need a unique key where one
> > >or more of the component fields of the unique key can be NULL.
> > >What seems to happen is that you can add "duplicate" rows if the
> > >value is NULL.
> >
> > This is how UNIQUE indexes work in MySQL.  All values except NULL
> > must be unique.  If you use a PRIMARY KEY instead, this won't
> > happen. Of course, the reason it won't happen is that PRIMARY KEY
> > disallows NULL entirely.
> 
> I thought that UNIQUE indexes constituted what is known in the relational
> model as a "candidate key" and, AFAIR, none of the members in a candidate
> key may contain NULL values.

a UNIQUE index must also have the NOT NULL attribute to be a candidate
key.  Otherwise it's just an index.

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	Dan Nelson
	dnelson@stripped
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Bug in UNIQUE?Unknown Sender31 Jan
  • Re: Bug in UNIQUE?Paul DuBois31 Jan
  • Re: Bug in UNIQUE?Carsten Gehling1 Feb
    • Re: Bug in UNIQUE?Dan Nelson1 Feb
      • RE: Bug in UNIQUE?J. Ceferino Ortega1 Feb