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Purge old entries from MySQL table

Posted on 2008-06-12
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I need to delete entries from a table which are over 24 hours old

i just cant get my head around all the different mysql date/time functions

the date field is type; timestamp
with CURRENT_TIMESTAMP as default
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by:elimesika
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Assuming your table is T amd timestamp field is t

delete from T where t < "%s"' % int(time.time() - 24)
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by:rlambell
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i cant get that to work, simple syntax error? tried variations on quotes around %s but didnt work

running this:
delete from search_logs where search_date < "%s"' % int(time.time() - 24)

returned this:
#1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near '' % int(time.time() - 24)' at line 1

im using MySQL 5.0.45-community
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elimesika earned 250 total points
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HI

Sorry, my mistake

here it is


delete from search_logs where TIMESTAMPADD(HOUR,24,search_date) < NOW()

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by:philipjonathan
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Alternatively:
delete from search_logs where search_date + INTERVAL 24 HOUR < NOW()

The benefit of using this statement is you can add an index on the column search_date to speed up your query.
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