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UPDATE a MASTER row with a SUM(detail-column)

Posted on 2006-11-06
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I thought I could do this

UPDATE MASTER SET total = (SUM(detail.balance))
INNER JOIN DETAIL ON detail.ID = master.ID
WHERE master.total < .01


I get an error that I cannot put an aggregate inside an UPDATE.  What is the proper way to handle this situation in SQL?

Thanks,
arw
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by:ARW
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On my WHERE clause,  I also am curious how I would UPDATE only those MASTER rows that had a total column that did not match the sum of the detail.balance column or would I have to just zero the total column and do something like this->

UPDATE MASTER SET total = total + detail.balance
INNER JOIN DETAIL ON detail.ID = master.ID

thanks,
arw
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Aneesh Retnakaran earned 2000 total points
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UPDATE Master
 SET total = (SELECT SUM(detail.balance) FROM  DETAIL WHERE detail.ID = Master.ID  )
WHERE total < .01
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