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T-SQL syntax to add a unique value to field

Posted on 2002-07-10
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I have a table with an empty field.  I would like to somehow count records that meet a criteria and assign a numeric value to that field.

My end result is to take info from a SQL table and dump it into a flat text file.  For each record that meets a criteria (BATCH = '999' and SEQUENCE is NULL) I want to put a unique number (1,2,3,4...) in the SEQUENCE field.  What I am running into is that I am not able to get SQL to look at each record individually.  It performs the update to all of the records in the SEQUENCE field and I am therefore not left with unique values.  Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

 

DATE       Amount     Branch  Batch   Sequence Account

---------- ---------- ------- ------- -------- -------

06/26/2002 117.08     33 658      999 NULL     105288

06/26/2002 117.00     33 658      999 NULL     301654

06/26/2002 80.00      33 658      999 NULL     032655

06/26/2002 255.00     33 658      999 NULL     311640

06/26/2002 200.00     33 658      999 NULL     145930

06/26/2002 70.00      33 658      999 NULL     126073

06/26/2002 70.00      33 658      999 NULL     126073
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 225 total points
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Try this loop:

set nocount on
declare @c int
set @c = 1
nextrecord:
SET ROWCOUNT 1
UPDATE report set seq = @c WHERE batch = 999 and seq IS NULL
IF @@ROWCOUNT >0  
BEGIN
  set @c = @c+ 1
  GOTO nextrecord
END
SET ROWCOUNT 0

select * from report where batch = 999 order by seq


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