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Posted on 2003-11-17
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I have a field in my database table that records the date a record was last modified.  I would like that value to be updated automatically.  What would the trigger look like to accomplish this.

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Hi dbashley1,

Something like:

Create Trigger .... For Update As
Update MyTable Set LastModified = GetDate() Where MyKeyField = Inserted.KeyField

Tim Cottee MCSD, MCDBA, CPIM
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Tim,

I used the code you wrote but am recieving this error


"The column prefix inserted does not match with a table name or alias name used in the query"

The code for my trigger is:


CREATE TRIGGER setModifyDate ON dbo.tbOrders
FOR  UPDATE
AS
Update tbOrders Set modifyDate = GetDate() Where idOrder = Inserted.KeyField



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by:TimCottee
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Inserted.idOrder rather than Inserted.KeyField, that was just an example. You need to make sure you are getting the correct value from the Inserted virtual table which has the same column names as your real table.
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by:namasi_navaretnam
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CREATE TRIGGER tu_MyTable ON MyTable
FOR UPDATE AS
BEGIN

Declare @vDate DateTime

Select @vDate = GetDate()

Update MyTable
Set  LastUpdated = @vDate
FROM inserted i
WHERE i.PrimaryKey = MyTable.PrimarkKey

IF @@ERROR <> 0
BEGIN
  RAISERROR('Update Of MyTable Failed', 16, 1)
   Rollback Trans
   Return -1
END

END


You can define the field as this so that the insert in automatically taken care if.
Create Table MyTable (
....
LastModified  DateTime Default GetDate()
)
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