Alter Table Problem - over 125 million rows in table and query takes to long.

Hi,
I have a table with 125million rows in it on the live db
i replicate ths db to a mysql db daily
For reporting reaons, i want to pull in the data from this table into my SQL SERVER db.
i only pull in the previous days entries to the SQL SERVER.

however to do this i want to add a colunm called DW_TIMESTAMP

So i would use this syntax
ALTER TABLE MYTABLENAME
ADD COLUMN dw_timestamp TIMESTAMP
DEFAULT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP ON UPDATE CURRENT_TIMESTAMP;

however because there are soo many rows this is taking forever, in fact it stopped the Mysql server because i believe it timmed out.

Can anyone suggest how i can speed up this process.

I was thinking if i could add a where clause but i don't believe that would work.

Kind Regards,
Putoch
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
please clarify: is this MS SQL Server, or MySQL?
which version / sp ?

this "alter table" should not take "forever", unless it's blocked all the time by other processes issuing schema locks on the table ...
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
Maybe if you add the column, allowing nulls first.

Then assign the default value as a separate transaction.

If this is a always live DB, then you may just have to wait it out. You should only need to do it once.

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PutochAuthor Commented:
Its a MYSQL db (version 5.1.44 )

i was able to alter any other table i needed to with out any trouble, it seems to only be this table.
i will try to do it seperatly now and see how this works.

Something strange though happened with the other tables.
i set up the timestamp to Default current_timestamp on update.
however when i updated all those other tables the timestamp defaulted to 0000-00-00.

Why would this happen do you know?
Is there something i'm missing on my syntax.
the timestamp is set up as NOT NULL.

ALTER TABLE MYTABLENAME
ADD COLUMN dw_timestamp TIMESTAMP
DEFAULT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP ON UPDATE CURRENT_TIMESTAMP;

Thanks a million,
putoch
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colin_o_brienCommented:
you could try renaming the table,  adding the new column using a SELECT INTO statement into MYTABLENAME, and then re-adding whatever indexes/constraints you have.  
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