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Posted on 2004-08-17
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Here is my query:

SELECT Distinctrow SUBCAT From $tablename Where PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets' ORDER BY SUBCAT

I am trying to select the entire row but this is only returning the SUBCAT column.  The query is in a .php file and pulling from a MySQL database
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by:akshah123
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Try:

SELECT Distinctrow * From $tablename Where PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets' ORDER BY SUBCAT
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by:dspavlik
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That is returning too many records.
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by:e-tsik
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Hi :-)

Selecting all columns present a problem. Basically, it is:

SELECT * From $tablename Where PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets'
GROUP BY SUBCAT

Read the GROUP BY reference on mysql, you may want to aggregate some of your columns with MIN,AVG,SUM, etc.

(just an example)
SELECT SUBCAT, MIN(PRICE), MAX(SCORE) From $tablename Where PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets'
GROUP BY SUBCAT

Enjoy!
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by:dspavlik
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Ok maybe I am not being clear.

In my query:
SELECT Distinctrow SUBCAT From $tablename Where PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets' ORDER BY SUBCAT
 
I am trying to select the distinctrow based on the what is in the SUBCAT column and only selet those distinctrows if the PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets'

What is being returned is just the distinct values from just the SUBCAT column, not all the columns in the table.

There has got to be an easy way to do this.....


Thanks
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by:e-tsik
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I read your sentence 3 times

SELECT * From $tablename Where PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets'
GROUP BY SUBCAT ORDER BY SUBCAT

SELECT *   -->  Select all columns
FROM $tablename --> From $tablename (what's so secret about that table??)
WHERE PRODUCTTYPE='widgets'   --->  "only selet those distinctrows if the PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets'"
GROUP BY SUBCAT --> "select the distinctrow based on the what is in the SUBCAT column"
ORDER BY SUBCAT --> If you fancy it, why should I stand in your way?
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by:AlanJDM
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"Ok maybe I am not being clear."

No, you are being very clear. However, you are not reading the replys very well. Your question has been answerd correctly and then explained.... twice.

SELECT Distinctrow * From $tablename Where PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets' ORDER BY SUBCAT

That query does exactly what you asked. However, I think you are not asking for what you actually need.

"That is returning too many records."

As explained by e-tsik, this is because you are asking for the entire row, which means you will get a record returned for every unique value of each field not being grouped by. The way to resolve this, also already explained by e-tsik, is to employ aggregate funtions such as min,max,avg,sum,etc. on said fields.

If you post a few of the records returned that caused you to make the statement "That is returning too many records.", then I will try to explain further using those records as a visual example to illustrate what is going on.


Alan


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try...

SELECT Distinctrow * From $tablename Where PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets' group by SUBCAT

instead of

SELECT Distinctrow * From $tablename Where PRODUCTTYPE = 'widgets' ORDER BY SUBCAT

and see if that is what you are looking for.


Alan
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