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I have 2 tables in 2 separate databases called Authors with the following fields:
-AuthId(Identity Field)
-Fname
-Lname

The tables contain book authors from all over the world. One of the tables is North America and the other table is authors from rest of the world. There are many Authors with the same FName and Lname. The only way they are identified is by the Author. Now I want to merge this two tables with a Stored Procedure.

How do I do This??
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Question by:AutomaticSlim
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by:dhenson
ID: 10673118
Just for clarification....

Your not looking for a sql to join the two tables together in one result set, but rather a Stored Procedure to create an additional table (dropping if exists) that has all the records from both original tables?

Is that correct?
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by:dhenson
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Also....

Did the seeds for the two tables overlap so that the AuthID's would not necessarily be unique?

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by:AutomaticSlim
ID: 10673307
Here is an Example:

Authtable1
Id     Fname      LName
1      James       Robertson
2      Mark         Jackson
3      Janet        Ciega


Authtable2
Id     Fname      LName
1      Adam       Pictch
2      Will          Steiner
3      Will          Steiner
4      James       Robertson

Note that James Roberston in Table2 is not same person as James Robertson in Table1.
Now I want to add Authtable2 to Authtable1


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Scott Pletcher earned 200 total points
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This should do it:

INSERT INTO Authtable1 (FName, LName)
SELECT FName, LName
FROM OtherdbName.dbo.Authtable2


If you want, add a column to the original table for the old AuthId so you can link back to the old table:

ALTER TABLE AuthTable1
ADD OldAuthId INT

Then:

INSERT INTO Authtable1 (FName, LName, OldAuthId)
SELECT Fname, LName, AuthId
FROM OtherdbName.dbo.Authtable2
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by:AutomaticSlim
ID: 10689910
what you suggested above works but now the relationships between my other tables gets unstable and some other issues that I didn't think of.
I guess I asked a question without thinking about it properly.........

Thanks for the help
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