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Cascade Deletion - Store Procedure

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We have tried implementing cascade deletion store procedures for referenced table(Primary key) and its referencing tables (Foreign key). But it was not successful. Since, the records in the referencing tables must be deleted first before those in the referenced table. Could someone provide some advices.
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Use delete trigger on parent table:
Create tr_del trigger on tab_parent
as
delete from tab_child
from deleted
where deleted.id=tab_child.parent_id

When you delete a row from table tab_parent (primary key 'id'),
delete trigger will delete all rows from tab_child table with foreign key parent_id matching deleted data.


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We did try this method, but it didn't work. The error was due to the presence of foreign key in the referencing tables, therefore the 'deleted' 'tmp table' cannot be created in the first place, i.e. no deletion on the referenced table (with primary key) can be performed, until all the records in the referencing tables are removed.
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You can't have both. You either use REFERENCES constraint or do all referencial integrity enforcement by using triggers: you have to create INSERT, DELETE and UPDATE triggers instead of REFERENCSES. Or  you can implement it in your application. In this case all delete operations should be done only through your application
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