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From:Shawn Green (MySQL) Date:December 17 2010 3:34pm
Subject:Re: Access to MySQL
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Hi Jerry,

On 12/17/2010 09:34, Jerry Schwartz wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jo�o C�ndido de Souza Neto [mailto:joao@stripped]
>> Sent: Friday, December 17, 2010 6:11 AM
>> To: mysql@stripped
>> Subject: Re: Access to MySQL
>> What about this?
>> date_format(now(), "%Y/%m/%d")
> [JS] I don't think you can use anything but a constant as a default value.

You are correct with one exception that was already mentioned earlier: 
the TIMESTAMP storage type.

The DEFAULT clause specifies a default value for a column. With one 
exception, the default value must be a constant; it cannot be a function 
or an expression. This means, for example, that you cannot set the 
default for a date column to be the value of a function such as NOW() or 
CURRENT_DATE. The exception is that you can specify CURRENT_TIMESTAMP as 
the default for a TIMESTAMP column. See Section, “TIMESTAMP 

However, nothing says you can't use a function or other computation in a 
TRIGGER to set the default value to an empty column of a new row to 
whatever you wanted it to be.

I know it's a workaround but it will keep the default value management 
out of your application and inside the database.

Shawn Green
MySQL Principal Technical Support Engineer
Oracle USA, Inc.
Office: Blountville, TN
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