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Got error creating a FK

Posted on 2011-03-10
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Hi, I'm using sql 2005, sp3.  Please see the attached file for the error screen.  How to fix this?  thanks.
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Are there any missing values in the Primary Key table?
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by:lapucca
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What do you mean by missing values?  what am I looking for that's missing?  thank you.
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If I remove "Check existing data upon creation" then the FL relationship is saved just fine.  I still like to correct this problem.  What should I check and correct ?  Thanks.
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by:lcohan
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You should check all values and make sure no duplicates exists then you should be able to add it with check. Check related tables by that column as well for FKeys perspective.
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Do you mean no duplicate rows?  I mean, it's 1 to many so personID is repeated in the history table.  
Can you elaborate on this "Check related tables by that column as well for FKeys perspective." ?  Thanks.
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lcohan earned 500 total points
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Yeah my bad for that...that would be for the PK not FK as you can't add a PK on a table with duplicates..
And of course in a one to many relation you should check following for orphans:
You cant add a 1-many relation if the parent is missing so I would run smthing like:

select id from child_table
except
select id from parent_table

thias will give you the list of all children without parents and you need to
a: delete if possible as orphans
b: find the parent and restore the entry in parent_table.

hope this helps...
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Great, thanks.  Orphan records is the culprit here.
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