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How to delete first N rows in DB2 ?

Posted on 2004-10-11
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Hi, I am trying to delete first N rows in a DB2 command,
however I can't/don't want to use:
"DELETE FROM TABLE_NAME WHERE COL_NAME IN (SELECT COL_NAME FROM TABLE_NAME FETCH FIRST 'N' ROWS ONLY)"

I have a dynamic build of the delete statement and I have what I have is a constant delete statement that I can add things before it, in the middle of it or after it but I really don't want to change the base delete.

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   AmS.
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You didn't explain why you don't want to use a query with a sub-select, so I'm not sure what you're looking for, but one option is to create a bit field with a default of zero, set it to 1 when you want it deleted, then run a DELETE statement with a WHERE clause that limits the deletion to records where the value is 1.
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Thanks,
I will explain... I have a constant delete sql statement that I can add parts to its beginning, and\or to its end, I can also add constant statements into the delete statement but it will be very dificult to me to change the original delete statement, especially if I don't know from which table I am going to delete (the delete statement is built dynamicly).
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Is
>I have a constant delete sql statement that I can add parts to
just another way of saying that you build the statement dynamically?

If so, I don't see why you couldn't add
   WHERE COL_NAME IN (SELECT COL_NAME FROM TABLE_NAME FETCH FIRST 'N' ROWS ONLY)
as needed.

Also, if you're building the delete statement dynamically, I don't understand what you mean about not being able to "change the original delete statement".
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