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Is there a way to Select none in SQL?

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Hello,

I know * selects all, so is there a similar way to SELECT none in SQL?

Thanks in advance,


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Interesting question....

You can select <column list> from <datasource> where 1 = 2

which will give you all the <column list> but with NULL entires.

Is that what you mean ?

You can also :

select NULL from <datasource>

but in Access think it is the same as if nothing was selected - but is handy in SQL Server to test "if exists" type conditions.
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* selects all columns... Why would you want to run a query that doesn't return columns?
If you just want to return no rows you can do that with select top 0 *
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Or

SELECT 1 AS Dummy FROM <table>

to get all rows but no useful information about it.
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by:dschrishuhn
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Found a workaround.  Thanks for your time and suggestions
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