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MINUS (set diff.) operator in Access query

Posted on 2004-04-25
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I have to retrive records from a table that are not present in another table with the same schema.  But I am working with access database and as much I know it doesn't support MINUS operator.  I use following sql query instead.

SELECT name FROM ref  WHERE not exists (SELECT name FROM glossary WHERE ref.name=glossary.name)

ref has 6571 records
glossary has 11315 records

It's extremely slow.  It took about 2'48'' to return 124 records on a PIII 866 machine.

Is there any other good way?

Thanks in advance.

Jerry
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nathaniel earned 50 total points
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say you have a ref table with (ID, name, file)
and glossary table (ID, name, page)

the faster way to identify is like this example:

SELECT ref.name, FROM ref LEFT JOIN glossary ON ref.ID = glossary.ID
WHERE (glossary.name) Is Null;

this will display all the names from ref table that are not found in glossary table, based on their ID. You can also use the 'name' in joining, instead of their IDs.

hope that helps

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by:Jerryleo
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Thank you very much

It works great. It only took 0.5' on my PIII 866 machine.

Best Regard

Jerry
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