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Sybase 11 - Create a table with AUTOINCREMENT field

Posted on 2003-11-04
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Hi,

I want to create a table with an autoincrement field, with the following syntax:

CREATE TABLE auto1
( primary1 INTEGER NOT NULL DEFAULT AUTOINCREMENT,
data1 INTEGER NOT NULL,
PRIMARY KEY ( primary1 ) );

Sybase reports with an error:

Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'DEFAULT'.

I've tried every possible combination, such as removing NOT NULL, DEFAULT, etc.. However, the only way to create the table successfully is to remove the AUTOINCREMENT syntax.

Or is there any option in Sybase to turn off the autoincrement feature?

Anyone can help? Thank you.
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Question by:keewooi
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I suppose you use Sybase ASE? autoincrement is not Sybase-syntax, use"identity" instead.

CREATE TABLE auto1
( primary1 numeric(10) identity,
data1 INTEGER NOT NULL,
PRIMARY KEY ( primary1 ) )

Also use the numeric datatype for identity columns, you get to decide how big it should be yourself. Since you wanted to use integer I think numeric(10) will do.

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by:keewooi
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Thank you so much, it has solved my problem!

Now, can you please tell me, whether or not it's fine to use numeric(10) to replace INT?
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by:ahoor
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Sure it's fine... numeric(10) means you can have numbers up to 9.999.999.999. That's almost 7.000.000.000 more than an integer highest value.
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Okay. Thans for the sulution. I appreciate that.
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