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Str_Replace in SQL statement

Posted on 2005-04-01
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05

I have a lot of movies in a table. The titles of the movies are in the format "The Rock" without the quotes. I want to reverse the title to "Rock, The" without the quotes.

Note that I need to change the value in the field, it's not a string like in the examples at mysql.com.

Now I have this, but I do not know if this would/could work:
UPDATE movies SET title = REPLACE(title,'do-something-here','do-something-here');

Or maybe this:
UPDATE movies SET title = SUBSTRING_INDEX(title,'The ',1);
Bla bla...

Anyway,  Im stuck :-/

Thanks in advance,
Best Regards
Question by:Aknot
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Expert Comment

ID: 13684626
You are on the right track.  This query should work for you:

UPDATE movies SET title=REPLACE(title, 'The Rock', 'Rock, The');


Author Comment

ID: 13685601
Thanks for your input Adrian. I need to change "all" of the titles, no matter of the titles. The thing is, how would I write the query for "_ALL_" the titles starting with "The" and then reverse "the title to "title, the"?
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Accepted Solution

AdrianSRU earned 500 total points
ID: 13685904
UPDATE movies SET title=IF(SUBSTRING(title, 1, 4)='The ', CONCAT(SUBSTRING(title, 5), ', The'), title);

This query uses an IF statement to check if the first four characters of the title are 'The '.  If so, then it strips 'The ' off the beginning and adds ', The' to the end.


Author Comment

ID: 13686960
Thanks a lot, almost too good =)

You saved me a great deal of work =D

This statement goes directly into my collection of "Really Useful SQL Statements" =)

Thanks again, best regards

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