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Remove dup record from SQL

Posted on 2009-07-06
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I have an sql server 2005 database table.
the first column is a uniqueidentifier but there is no primary key.
I did a copy paste on a row thinking it would paste everything ACCEPT the uniqueidentifier coumn.
However, it copied everything... so now I have an exact dup record.

I cannot delete the dup.
I get the "The row value(s) updated or deleted either do not make the row unique..." msg

I tried to add a field and give it a separate value for the two records... but it will not let me edit the record to add data to the new column (same msg as above).

The following causes sql to crash
set rowcount 1
delete from mytable
where mycolumn = 'myvalue'
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by:Aneesh Retnakaran
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Yes, once you have 2 records that are the same, SQL cannot do anything that will then make 1 unique because it can't distinguish one from the other.

Run a delete statement that will delete both of them and then re-insert it back.
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by:pcelba
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You may copy distinct records into temp table:

SELECT DISTINCT * INTO #TempTable FROM YourTable

TRUNCATE YourTable

INSERT INTO YourTable SELECT * FROM #TempTable

DROP #TempTable
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by:pcelba
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You may execute above code just for your two duplicate records by adding appropriate WHERE clause.
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by:santaspores1
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easy enough - thanks!
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by:wilje
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You can use a CTE to identify your duplicate rows and delete them.
Use tempdb;
Go
 
If object_id('tempdb..#temp', 'U') Is Not Null
   Begin;
        Drop Table dbo.#temp;
   End;
   
Create Table #temp (id uniqueidentifier, data varchar(max));
 
Declare @myId uniqueidentifier;
Set @myId = newid();
 
Select @myId;
 
Insert Into #temp (id, data) Values(@myId, 'mydata');
Insert Into #temp (id, data) Values(@myId, 'mydata');
 
Select * From #temp;
 
;With cteDUPS (id, rn)
As (Select id
           ,row_number() over(partition By id Order By id) rn
      From #temp
)
Delete 
  From cteDUPS
 Where rn > 1;
 
Select * From #temp;

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by:rgc6789
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The other options also work, but for 2 rows I find it easier to just duplicate it manually.
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