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Hi,

I'm trying to get the highest customerID number from a table so I can add 1 and have the next number to add a new record.

using "Select MAX (customerID) FROM T_Customers;"

I get a number that is not correct.  The highest customerID number is 11, but this query returns 9.

Thanks
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Question by:taborrg
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by:costaf
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that is wierd, the syntax of the sql command seems to be correct. are you sure ?
what kind of database are you using? where did you run this command?
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by:taborrg
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Yes - I've been retrying if for over an hour.  

When I try substituting other fields, it works fine.  Only on the primary key does it not work.

Select   MIN(customerID) FROM T_Customers  gives a "1" as it should.

I even rebooted.
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by:costaf
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have you or anyone else made any changes to that table , that not have been commited yet?
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by:taborrg
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No.

Its a pretty simple setup - just me.
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by:taborrg
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When I recreate the table with only 5 records it works ok.
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by:costaf
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what kind of data  type is associated with the custtomerid ? try to add more data and try again.
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by:taborrg
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did that.  Many times.
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by:taborrg
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wait .. might be a type issue.
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by:Brian Harrington
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Sounds like you are using a character field as opposed to a numeric field.  It would sort
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i aggre with the comment of bharrington83. thats why i asked what data type was associated with the field used in the select max querie.
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by:taborrg
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Yep.  That's it

It's working now.
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costaf,

You did put me onto the solution -  Thanks!
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