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From:Joseph Kraer Date:November 30 2005 5:21pm
Subject:RE: Newbie Question on Update
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Thank you, Shawn, for understanding what I meant and for explaining the
issue so clearly.  I apologize to all others if I wasn't clear enough,
but, yes, I wanted to update two separate rows.  Now, I understand why
an OR is needed; I'll study the other option too.


Thank you,

Joseph "Tito" Kraer 
Business Systems Analyst 
Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp 


From: SGreen@stripped [mailto:SGreen@stripped] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 12:13 PM
To: Kraer, Joseph
Cc: mysql@stripped
Subject: Re: Newbie Question on Update


"Kraer, Joseph" <jkraer@stripped> wrote on 11/30/2005 11:58:56 AM:

> I am trying to update a couple of rows in a table by doing the
> following:
> update table
> set column5 = number1
> where column 1 = number2
> and column1 = number3
> but it is not working.  I tried listing the conditions separated by
> commas (where column 1 = number2, column1 = number3) and also didn't
> work.  What am I doing wrong?
> Thanks in advance,
> Joseph "Tito" Kraer
> Business Systems Analyst
> Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp

UPDATE statements are evaluated on a row-by-row basis. What you actually
told MySQL to do was to change any rows where column1 has BOTH values at
the same time. Since one column in a single row cannot possibly have two
values at once (not even SET columns because they do not have more than
one set of values at a single time) this condition cannot possibly be
met and the UPDATE will never happen. Make sense? 

You said: 
WHERE column1=number2 AND column1=number3 

The AND is a logical comparator meaning that both comparisons must be
true for the WHERE clause to be true and your desired UPDATE to occur. 

What I think you wanted to do is to UPDATE two rows. One row where
column1=number2 and the other row where column1=number3. That is an OR
situation not an AND situation: 
WHERE column1=number2 OR column1=number3 

Another way to write that condition is with an IN clause : 
WHERE column1 IN (number2, number3) 


Shawn Green
Database Administrator
Unimin Corporation - Spruce Pine

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