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From:Sasha Pachev Date:May 14 1999 4:52pm
Subject:Re: Updating (incrementing) primary keys
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Kristian Köhntopp wrote:
> I have a column "L integer", which also is primary key in that
> table. I need to increment all values of L over a certain limit
> by 2 to make room for an inserted element.
> update t set L=L+2 where L>5;
> fails with
> ERROR 1022: Can't write, duplicate key in table 't'
> because Mysql performs the operation in ascending or arbitrary
> order. If Mysql performed this operation in decending order or
> checked the key contraint only after performing the entire
> update, all would be completey legal.
> As things are, I have to drop the primary key and recreate it
> after the insert. This is slow.
> How would I approach this problem more efficiently?
> Kristian
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Do you really need that field to be a primary key? How
about just having an index on it?

Sasha Pachev (home) (work)
Updating (incrementing) primary keysKristian Köhntopp14 May
  • Re: Updating (incrementing) primary keysChristian Mack14 May
  • Re: Updating (incrementing) primary keysKristian Köhntopp14 May
  • Updating (incrementing) primary keysMichael Widenius14 May
  • Re: Updating (incrementing) primary keysSasha Pachev14 May