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# Recursive selection of table content

Posted on 2010-11-28
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I'm trying to move my understanding of recursion to tsql.

id     name                subid
1      Steve              3
2      Margot              3
3      Family              6
4      Other Family      6
5      Evert              4
6      Department      7
7      City                 8
8      State              9
9      Country

I understand that sql allow 32 levels of recursives deep.
I have to approaches with this test:

1 Make a recursive stored procedure that gives a result with all related subid ordered

2. Make it like a path (ponder if there was a web path that needs to be concated)

And also that @@nestLevel is a sort of built in function for avoiding deeper levels.
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ID: 34225534
Can you please explain your question? Maybe Common Table Expression (CTE) is what you are looking for.
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What is cte?

I would like to get i.e.
Sp(2) and got the concated path all recursived.
Steve, family, department, city and so on..

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> Sp(2) and got the concated path all recursived.

Just one record? The entire path?
Have a look at this example
``````-- create a test table
create table testcte(id int,name varchar(20),subid int)
insert testcte select
1,'Steve',3 union all select
2,'Margot',3 union all select
3,'Family',6 union all select
4,'Other Family',6 union all select
5,'Evert',4 union all select
6,'Department',7 union all select
7,'City',8 union all select
8,'State',9 union all select
9,'Country', null
GO

-- create the test procedure
create proc usp_testcte @start int as
;with cte as (
-- the part before "union all" is called the anchor, it starts the recursion
select subid, path=convert(varchar(max),name) from testcte where id=@start
union all

-- the part after "union all" is called the recursive part. In here, "cte" references
-- the result from the most recent iteration of the recursion (starts with the anchor)
-- as long as this query generates results, it will continue to run, using the
-- previous iteration as the "table" content of "cte" ("cte" being the name given to the
-- common table expresion as the first word after "with")
select t.subid, cte.path+'\'+t.name from cte
inner join testcte t on t.id=cte.subid)

-- outside the CTE block, you can access the built-up results by referring to "cte" as a table
-- MAX is used here to just the last row, which in this case will be the longest
select max(path) from cte
GO

-- test it
exec usp_testcte 1
``````
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Author Comment

ID: 34226046
Hm.. i feel this isnt the fully right way..?

Yes one record as result (2 given as parameter, the id of the table).
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Expert Comment

ID: 34226328
> Hm.. i feel this isnt the fully right way..?

And why would you say that?
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Author Comment

ID: 34226559
Why would i need so much code to that task?
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Expert Comment

ID: 34226571
Have you read the code at all?
The first part sets up a table so that I can show you how it works in the 2nd part (the procedure you need).
The 3rd part is a sample of how you would use such a procedure.
If all you are after is a fast cut and paste answer, this would be all there is to create such a proc

create proc usp_name_me @start int as
;with cte as (
select subid, path=convert(varchar(max),name) from testcte where id=@start
union all
select t.subid, cte.path+'\'+t.name from cte
inner join testcte t on t.id=cte.subid)
select max(path) from cte
GO

Is that better?  Replace all bold parts with your actual table/field names
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ID: 34226574
All the lines starting with 2 dashes "--" are comments to help you understand the code, but it seems you may not be interested.
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Author Comment

ID: 34341377
I care, absolutely.. i wasn't expect such a solution though. I will store it and see if it came of use later on. Thank's a lot and sorry for the big delay.
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