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From:Boyd E. Hemphill Date:May 3 2004 7:22pm
Subject:RE: urban myth?
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To all who answered thank you.  This answer below is the one that I can
use to convince him what he proposes is not necessarily safe.  

Now I just need to decide how to convince him it was his idea :-)

Best Regards,
Boyd E. Hemphill
Triand, Inc.
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M:  (713) 252-4688

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Stassen [mailto:Michael.Stassen@stripped] 
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 12:57 PM
To: Bob Ramsey
Cc: mysql@stripped
Subject: Re: urban myth?

Bob Ramsey wrote:

> Ah, but the ordering is not random.  As your example has it, the
> are in the order that the entries were inserted into the table.  There

> is an explanation for the order of the returned data.

Apparently not random, but not in the order inserted either.  Consider:

create temporary table foo (num int(10));
insert into foo values (1), (2), (3), (4), (5);
select * from foo;
delete from foo where num = 3;
insert into foo values (6);
insert into foo values (3);

mysql> select * from foo;
| num  |
|    1 |
|    2 |
|    6 |
|    4 |
|    5 |
|    3 |
6 rows in set (0.01 sec)

(Same example as before with the "delete...where num=6" removed.)  Note
6 is where the 3 was originally, because the slot where the first 3 was 
inserted/deleted was reused for the 6.

This trivial example yields results which are ordered neither by num nor
the order inserted.  The lesson is clear: The *only* way to be sure your

rows are sorted in a particular way is to explicitly request it with an 
ORDER BY clause, as several others have pointed out.  This is really a 
fundamental principle: It is the data in the row that matters, not how
where it is stored.


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