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Simple MySQL IF statement troubles

Posted on 2009-04-20
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I'm having some trouble using an IF statement in a simple query. I've not used SQL much so i'm not really sure of the syntax!

I basically want to say IF this data does not exist in the table, then insert this other data.

I tried something like this:

SET @existCount=0; SELECT @existCount := COUNT(*) FROM user_data WHERE username = 'Lexx87'; IF @existCount = 0 THEN INSERT into user_data values ('Lexx87', '1000Hz', 10)

Meaning if the count is at 0 (No username Lexx87 exists) then insert those values, but it doesn't seem happy with that!

I've taken some of that syntax from a different thread, so it may be out of date but I don't know!

Any help will be appreciated.
Question by:Lexx87
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by:Roger Baklund
ID: 24189715
You can not use IF like that in SQL.

Create a unique index (preferably a primary key) on the username column, then you can just do:

INSERT into user_data values ('Lexx87', '1000Hz', 10);

It will fail with a 'duplicate entry' error if the username allready exists. Just ignore the error, or make the server ignore it:

INSERT IGNORE into user_data values ('Lexx87', '1000Hz', 10);

Author Comment

ID: 24191781
But what if the username does exist?

My attempt was to just test the method, as more often than not the username and other values are going to exist. So I want to say that if those values already exist (all three are unique with the username a primary) then insert something else.

My table has fields username, frequency, decibel, frequency2, decibel 2.

frequency 2 and decibel2 are null to start off with, with the frst three fields filled in with data according to a users choice. If a user does the same operation a second time, I want to say that IF values username, frequency, decibel don't exist, INSERT into user_data values ('Lexx87', '1000Hz', 10);

ELSE IF they do exist

INSERT frequency2 and decibel2 where username=Lexx87

Am I making sense? :p My problem I think is that i'm thinking too much like Java for it, but different solutions for IF statements seem to follow different syntax in different places I look so i'm a little confused I guess.
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Roger Baklund earned 200 total points
ID: 24192405
>> But what if the username does exist?

Then it will not be inserted. The index prevents duplicates.

You can use a special syntax for insert: INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE


Example usage:
mysql> insert into user_data (username,frequency,decibel) values ('Lexx87','1000Hz',10) on
 duplicate key update frequency2='1000Hz',decibel2=10;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.03 sec)
mysql> select * from user_data;
| username | frequency | decibel | frequency2 | decibel2 |
| Lexx87   | 1000Hz    |      10 | NULL       |     NULL |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
mysql> insert into user_data (username,frequency,decibel) values ('Lexx87','1000Hz',10) on
 duplicate key update frequency2='1000Hz',decibel2=10;
Query OK, 2 rows affected (0.03 sec)
mysql> select * from user_data;
| username | frequency | decibel | frequency2 | decibel2 |
| Lexx87   | 1000Hz    |      10 | 1000Hz     |       10 |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 31572506
Thank you very much for the help :-) Works a treat! Sorry to provide something so basic but the only thing i've needed to do in SQL so far is nothing more SELECT * from table ;)

Very much appreciated.


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