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hi experts,

I am writing a search engine for my database. i am using MySQL, and using Perl dbi.
how can i write SQL statement so that it will check each field for the string?

i only know to check only one field like:
select * from table_name where name=$search_string

but i want to check not only the name field, but all the fields in that table.
thanks.

Stanley
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tpryorCommented:
well if the data is all in the same table
you need to append to your where clause.

like so...

select * from table_name where name=$search_string || field_name2=$search_string || field_name3=$search_string etc...

if the data is across multible tables
you must prefix the table name using dot notation to the field name

select * from table_name where name=$search_string || table_name.field_name2=$search_string || table_name.field_name3=$search_string etc...


You could keep this information ( the table and field names ) in arrays for eassier management and execution of the querries.

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stanleyhuenAuthor Commented:
how can I  keep the information ( the table and field names ) in arrays for eassier management and execution of the querries?
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