Posted on 2012-03-13
Last Modified: 2012-03-13
We have a table with hundreds columns, so it would be a bit heavy to name each, and we need a stored procedure that copies one row. We have a primary key autonum, so :
insert into myTable select * from myTable does not work.
Any (simple) idea ?
Thanks for help
Question by:javilmer

Expert Comment

ID: 37714454
Are you wanting any record or a specific record?

Something like:

insert into myTable
select  Top 1 * from myTable
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Anuj earned 500 total points
ID: 37714462
You cannot use '*' in your insert queries if you have identity columns in the destination table,
a tricky way to get all non identity columns is by using the result of the following query.

FROM sys.columns
WHERE is_identity = 0
AND object_id = OBJECT_ID('YourTable')
FOR XML PATH('')),1,1,'')

Author Comment

ID: 37714650
anujnb : that's sounds interesting, how can i do the insert though ?
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Expert Comment

ID: 37714712
Execute the above query, this will gives a list of columns separated by comma, copy the results and paste into your Stored procedure, this is just a tricky way of doing the things you can do the same using dynamic sql but its not recommended.

Author Comment

ID: 37714867
I can't do it manually, if not i would copy/paste in visual studio, I need a stored proc because the application needs a "copy function" :)
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Expert Comment

ID: 37714959
With a identity-column you mustalways specify the columnlist

insert into mytable (col1,col2 ...;)
select col1, col2
from ....

If you also want to insert the identity-column itself you must SET IDENTITIY_INSERT

And I would advise always include the column-list because for future changes in source or destination your sql could become invallid.

Notice that when in SSMS you select your table and click right, you can choose for that table to generate a insert statement for you .... no typing for the columnlist only copy/paste

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