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From:Martijn Tonies Date:October 8 2007 7:38am
Subject:Re: My first trigger in MySQL
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> I tried this :
> CREATE TRIGGER username_check AFTER UPDATE ON `users`
>     UPDATE users SET users.username = concat(users.firstname,"
> ",users.lastname) where;
> ;
> But it throws the error:
> "Can't update table 'users' in stored function/trigger because it is
> used by statement which invoked this stored function/trigger."
> Is this to stop infinite recursion? Is there anyway around this?

Simply using a BEFORE UPDATE and BEFORE INSERT trigger and then:

new.username = concat(new.firstname, ' ', new.lastname)

should do the trick.

> In thinking on this if I do a BEFORE rather than AFTER is there anyway to
> test the query to see if it is updating the table and if there is no
> username being submitted to append it to the query so it will be set
> causing such a recursion?

If you're doing an UPDATE without updating the firstname/lastname column,
the NEW values will contain the current values.

If you're submitting a username yourself, simply test for NULL or '' first
to see if you want to overwrite it.

Martijn Tonies
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