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DB2 SQL Trigger - Date Stamp single row update

Hi All, I need to be able to update a single row in a DB table using a trigger so I can log when a particular row was last updated.

I have reviewed similar questions which point to using  the Getdate() function but this doesn't seem to be avaliable in db2

Is there an alternative I can use?

Thanks in advance

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DimitrisSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
The CURRENT DATE special register gives the current system date and CURRENT TIMESTAMP the current system date and time.

sample

SELECT CURRENT TIMESTAMP
FROM SYSIBM.SYSDUMMY1
or
ELECT CURRENT DATE
FROM SYSIBM.SYSDUMMY1
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Kent OlsenData Warehouse Architect / DBACommented:
Hi taylor,

Dan's got it right.  :)

Putting the whole thing into context, the trigger would look something like this:

CREATE TRIGGER timestamp_mytable
  NO CASCADE BEFORE UPDATE ON mytable
  REFERENCING OLD AS o NEW AS n
  FOR EACH ROW MODE DB2SQL
  BEGIN ATOMIC
    SET n.updatetime = current timestamp
END

Good Luck,
Kent
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taylor99Author Commented:
Thanks, so how would I then use this to update a specific cell in a single DB row when another cell in that row is updated?

Below is what I've attempted to use but the whole column is updated.  Can you use an alternative for the FOR EACH ROW statement which will point to a specific row?

CREATE TRIGGER SCHEMA."TABLE1" AFTER  UPDATE OF PRICE ON TABLE1
FOR EACH ROW  
MODE DB2SQL
UPDATE TABLE1
   SET DATE_ENTERED = CURRENT DATE
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DimitrisSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
The trigger you have write will update the ENTIRE TABLE each time
I think that the solution has been provided for this issue by Kdo
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Kent OlsenData Warehouse Architect / DBACommented:
Hi taylor.

Your trigger is close, but misses a critical subtlety.

Look that the UPDATE...SET portion of your trigger.  If you execute that you will update the DATE_ENTERED field for every row in the table.  Since what you want is to update only the modified row, you need to tell the trigger to filter out the unchanged rows.

You do that with the REFERENCING clause.  

  REFERENCING OLD AS o NEW AS n

Within the trigger, n.date_entered is the column (field) in the current (changed) row that you want to update.  Omitting the 'n.' causes the change to be cascaded through the entire table.

CREATE TRIGGER SCHEMA."TABLE1"
AFTER  UPDATE OF PRICE ON TABLE1
  REFERENCING OLD AS o NEW AS n
FOR EACH ROW  
MODE DB2SQL
UPDATE TABLE1
   SET n.DATE_ENTERED = CURRENT DATE



Good Luck,
Kent
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tliottaCommented:
taylor99:

What platform/operating system? What version/release of DB2?

Also, I can imagine two scenarios that kind of fit with what you've said. Can you clarify which one is correct?

  1. You have a table that clients update. The table has a column for a Last_Change TIMESTAMP. You want a trigger to populate that column with CURRENT TIMESTAMP whenever a client updates the row (or when a row is inserted perhaps).

  2. You have two tables. Clients update the first table. You want a trigger to log all updates into the second table, including a CURRENT TIMESTAMP value.
Tom
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taylor99Author Commented:
Hi Kent,

Thanks for your input, sorry if my reply yesterday didn't make sense.  I hadn't refreshed my browser so hadn't seen your reply.  This seems to be exactly what I'm after but having attempted to create the trigger using your example I get the error below, although I assure you DATE_ENTERED is a valid column in my table.  

"DATE_ENTERED" is not valid in the context where it is used.

My trigger code is

CREATE TRIGGER SCHEMA."TABLE1 INTERNAL  SET PRICE UPDATE DATE STAMP" NO CASCADE
BEFORE  UPDATE OF PRICE ON SCHEMA.TABLE1  
REFERENCING  OLD AS OROW  NEW AS NROW  FOR EACH ROW  
MODE DB2SQL
UPDATE SCHEMA.TABLE1
   SET NROW.DATE_ENETERED = CURRENT DATE
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DimitrisSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
try this

CREATE TRIGGER SCHEMA."TABLE1 INTERNAL  SET PRICE UPDATE DATE STAMP" NO CASCADE
BEFORE  UPDATE OF PRICE ON SCHEMA.TABLE1  
REFERENCING  OLD AS OROW  NEW AS NROW  FOR EACH ROW  
MODE DB2SQL
BEGIN ATOMIC
   SET NROW.DATE_ENETERED = CURRENT DATE

 
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taylor99Author Commented:
Hi Tom,

In answer to your questions I am running DB2 9.5.2 under Windows XP and the first senario you suggested is the correct one.

Cheers
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taylor99Author Commented:
Spot on thanks guys
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