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Add Default GetDate to SQL 2005 datetime field

Posted on 2009-05-19
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Hi!
In SQL, I have a table cvupload that has a datetime field AddedDT. I want to programmatically add a default of GetDate to the field but keep getting errors.  There is no default in the field so far.
These don't work -
ALTER TABLE dbo.cvupload ALTER COLUMN AddedDT datetime not null default 'GetDate()'
ALTER TABLE dbo.cvupload ALTER COLUMN AddedDT datetime not null default GetDate()
GO
Thanks!
Jo
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by:Kevin Cross
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ALTER TABLE dbo.cvupload ALTER COLUMN AddedDT SET default (GetDate())
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alter table dbo.cvupload
add constraint df_dtfld default (getdate()) for addeddt
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by:Kevin Cross
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Nice Tim, I forget that SET DEFAULT doesn't work in SQL 2005.
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by:chapmandew
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:)  No problem.  The SET part actually looked funky to me, that was the only reason I chimed in.  Usually if I see you've posted I assume the question has been answered and I move on.  
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by:BothWorldsJo
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Thanks for the constraint, the Set did error as you thought.

Can't believe the speed of you both - Thanks again!
Jo
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