MySql run DDL conditionally

Hello,

Many users use my softwares (on their local machines) and the databases are not at the same level. There are people who haven't upgraded the software (and the database) for more than one year then suddenly decide to upgrade.

For every software version I save the MySql structure changes but I might commit errors too so I need a "conditional" structure change especially for

Alter table xxx add field1 varchar(200);

In the case above if the field exists it will raise an error and the next command won't finish.
I know that I can check it in the INFORMATION_SCHEMA but I wonder how can I put this together in an Sql statement.
E.g.
SELECT count(*) into @isExists FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS
WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA="xxx" and TABLE_NAME = "yyy" AND COLUMN_NAME = "zzz";

and then check the variable somehow?

I want the same for create tables as well.

starhuAsked:
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Kent OlsenDBACommented:
Hi starhu,

Do the databases run on linux/unix servers?  If so, it's nearly trivial to read the information schema and pass the result back to the shell.  Then the shell can make the determination of what to execute.

-- File ColumnExists.sql
SELECT count(*) into @isExists FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS
WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA="xxx" and TABLE_NAME = "yyy" AND COLUMN_NAME = "zzz";

-- File Somejob.sh
#!/bin/sh
 
Exists=`mysql < ColumnExists.sql`
if [[0] == [$Exists]];then
  # do something...
fi



Kent
starhuAuthor Commented:
Hi Kent,

No, I use it on Windows, and because of that I need a solution that is completely in Sql :-(
Kent OlsenDBACommented:

Ok.

Well, you'll need to write in some kind of control language.  O/S scripting, php, stored procedure, etc.

DOS scripting is ugly, so I suggest that you stay away from it.


Kent
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starhuAuthor Commented:
Can't I check it in pure Sql?
Kent OlsenDBACommented:
I don't believe that SQL has the built-in structure to test the condition, and then execute/skip SQL based on the result of that test.

Hence the need to write it in a different language.


Kent

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starhuAuthor Commented:
It didn't solve my problem it only gave directions
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