If Table Exists

Posted on 2008-10-27
Last Modified: 2008-10-29
On the first day of every month we create a table of data for the previous month, I then join  them in a union statement as below.

select etc
from out_jan08

union all

select etc
from out_feb08

On the first day of every month I add the next table to the union statement, so on the 1st Novermber I will add out_oct08 to the statement.

I am wandering if there is away where I can add all 12 months to the stement and add an if table exists statement, so the query will still run even if the table does not exist.


union all

if exists
select etc
from out_oct08
where etc

Is this possible?

Question by:halifaxman
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 22817495
no, that is not possible.
you have either to ensure all 12 tables exist at all times,
or simply create, assuming you are using a database that supports partitioned tables, those instead of 1 table per month...

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jamesgu earned 500 total points
ID: 22817719
run this to get your statement,

declare @sql varchar(1000)


set @sql = ''

if exists( select 1 from sysobjects where name = 'out_jan08' and type = 'U')


	select @sql = 'select etc from out_jan08 where ... '


if exists( select 1 from sysobjects where name = 'out_feb08' and type = 'U')


	if ( @sql != '' )


		select @sql = @sql + char(10) + 'union' + char(10)


	select @sql = @sql + 'select etc from out_feb08 where ... '


print @sql


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ID: 22818281
The other way I can think of is....

--assuming data types here...
create table #Out (etc nvarchar(1000))

if object_id('dbo.out_jan08') is not null
 exec ('insert into #out select etc from out_jan08')
if object_id('dbo.out_feb08') is not null
 exec ('insert into #out select etc from out_feb08')

select * from #out

drop table #out

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