MySQL - need to remove duplicate records for query joining 3 tables.

Hi,
I have 3 tables , an `items` table, a `category` table that an item belongs to and an `items_to_category` table which lists what category an item belongs to.
Note: an item may belong to more than one category.

I am having problems with duplicate items showing up for a query when I perform a keyword search.

When I search for keywords with below query I get duplicate items, what is wrong with query below?

SELECT DISTINCT items_to_category.item AS id, items.itemName, items.itemDesc, items.itemDesc2, items.itemDesc3, items.itemPrice, items.image1, items.image2, items.image3, items.image4, items.image5, items.cookie, items.item_type, items.min_order, items.prodcode, items.true_stock_count, items.display_stock_count, items.low_stock_count, items.limit_availability, items.date_time_expires, items.itemDescb, items.itemPrice, items.retPrice, items.specialPrice, items.specs1, items.spechead1, items.specs2, items.spechead2, items.add_comments, items.more_details, category, items_to_category.position, category.subcat, category.position as cat_order, category.cat_type FROM items_to_category LEFT JOIN category ON category.id = items_to_category.category LEFT JOIN items ON items.id = items_to_category.item WHERE (items.itemName LIKE '%cat%' || items.itemDesc LIKE '%cat%') AND items.itemName IS NOT NULL ORDER BY cat_order, category, position 

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Can you please help.

Also queries below appear to work OK, but is there a better option?

Thanks in advance for your feedback

Single category.id search works Ok with below query
SELECT DISTINCT items_to_category.item AS id, items.itemName, items.itemDesc, items.itemDesc2, items.itemDesc3, items.itemPrice, items.image1, items.image2, items.image3, items.image4, items.image5, items.cookie, items.item_type, items.min_order, items.prodcode, items.true_stock_count, items.display_stock_count, items.low_stock_count, items.limit_availability, items.date_time_expires, items.itemDescb, items.itemPrice, items.retPrice, items.specialPrice, items.specs1, items.spechead1, items.specs2, items.spechead2, items.add_comments, items.more_details, category, items_to_category.position, category.subcat, category.position as cat_order, category.cat_type FROM items_to_category LEFT JOIN category ON category.id = items_to_category.category LEFT JOIN items ON items.id = items_to_category.item WHERE category.id IN ('118') ORDER BY cat_order, category, position 

Mutiple category.id's also work ok
SELECT DISTINCT items_to_category.item AS id, items.itemName, items.itemDesc, items.itemDesc2, items.itemDesc3, items.itemPrice, items.image1, items.image2, items.image3, items.image4, items.image5, items.cookie, items.item_type, items.min_order, items.prodcode, items.true_stock_count, items.display_stock_count, items.low_stock_count, items.limit_availability, items.date_time_expires, items.itemDescb, items.itemPrice, items.retPrice, items.specialPrice, items.specs1, items.spechead1, items.specs2, items.spechead2, items.add_comments, items.more_details, category, items_to_category.position, category.subcat, category.position as cat_order, category.cat_type FROM items_to_category LEFT JOIN category ON category.id = items_to_category.category LEFT JOIN items ON items.id = items_to_category.item WHERE category.id IN ('122','120','119') ORDER BY cat_order, category, position 

category.cat_type search works fine also
SELECT DISTINCT items_to_category.item AS id, items.itemName, items.itemDesc, items.itemDesc2, items.itemDesc3, items.itemPrice, items.image1, items.image2, items.image3, items.image4, items.image5, items.cookie, items.item_type, items.min_order, items.prodcode, items.true_stock_count, items.display_stock_count, items.low_stock_count, items.limit_availability, items.date_time_expires, items.itemDescb, items.itemPrice, items.retPrice, items.specialPrice, items.specs1, items.spechead1, items.specs2, items.spechead2, items.add_comments, items.more_details, category, items_to_category.position, category.subcat, category.position as cat_order, category.cat_type FROM items_to_category LEFT JOIN category ON category.id = items_to_category.category LEFT JOIN items ON items.id = items_to_category.item WHERE cat_type = 'GN' AND items.itemName IS NOT NULL ORDER BY cat_order, category, position 




--
-- Table structure for table `category`
--

CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `category` (
  `id` int(11) NOT NULL auto_increment,
  `locked` int(5) default '0',
  `position` int(5) default '10',
  `cat` varchar(40) default 'Main',
  `subcat` varchar(50) NOT NULL,
  `min_order` tinyint(3) default NULL,
  `cat_type` varchar(4) default 'GN',
  `active` char(3) default 'Y',
  UNIQUE KEY `id_2` (`id`),
  KEY `id` (`id`)
) ENGINE=MyISAM  DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1 AUTO_INCREMENT=153 ;

--
-- Dumping data for table `category`
--

INSERT INTO `category` (`id`, `locked`, `position`, `cat`, `subcat`, `min_order`, `cat_type`, `active`) VALUES
(118, NULL, 1, 'Main', 'Dog Products', NULL, 'SC', 'Y'),
(119, NULL, 2, 'Main', 'Cat Products', NULL, 'SC', 'Y'),
(120, NULL, 3, 'Main', 'Bird Products', NULL, 'SC', 'Y'),
(123, NULL, 21, 'Main', 'Frontline Plus', NULL, 'SM', 'Y'),
(122, NULL, 20, 'Main', 'Advance', NULL, 'SM', 'Y'),
(124, NULL, 22, 'Main', 'PURINA', NULL, 'SM', 'Y'),
(121, NULL, 4, 'Main', 'Fish Products', NULL, 'SC', 'Y'),
(125, NULL, 23, 'Main', 'Science Diet', NULL, 'SM', 'Y'),
(126, NULL, 24, 'Main', 'IAMS', NULL, 'SM', 'Y'),
(127, NULL, 10, 'Main', 'Home Page', NULL, 'SC', 'Y'),
(133, 1, 1, 'Main', 'Fade Show Image', NULL, 'GS', 'Y'),
(134, NULL, 10, 'Main', 'OUR CMS', NULL, 'BC', 'Y'),
(135, NULL, 10, 'Main', 'Test Blog', NULL, 'BC', 'Y'),
(136, NULL, 10, 'Main', 'Web Design', NULL, 'DL', 'Y'),
(137, NULL, 10, 'Main', 'Website Hosting', NULL, 'DL', 'Y'),
(138, NULL, 10, 'Main', 'Domain Names', NULL, 'DL', 'Y'),
(145, 1, 3, 'Main', 'Popular Products', NULL, 'SS', 'Y'),
(140, NULL, 10, 'Main', 'Membership', NULL, 'SC', 'Y'),
(147, 0, 10, 'Main', 'Recent Pictures', NULL, 'GN', 'Y'),
(146, 0, 10, 'Main', 'New Products', NULL, 'SC', 'Y'),
(148, 0, 10, 'Main', 'New Slider', NULL, 'GS', 'Y'),
(149, 0, 10, 'Main', 'Business Services', NULL, 'DL', 'Y'),
(150, 0, 10, 'Main', 'Limited Offers', NULL, 'SC', 'Y'),
(151, 0, 10, 'Main', 'Special Offers', NULL, 'SC', 'Y');

-- --------------------------------------------------------

--
-- Table structure for table `items`
--

CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `items` (
  `id` int(11) NOT NULL auto_increment,
  `item_type` enum('G','S','F') default 'F',
  `min_order` tinyint(3) default '1',
  `prodcode` varchar(10) default NULL,
  `true_stock_count` varchar(200) default '0',
  `display_stock_count` varchar(200) default '0',
  `low_stock_count` varchar(40) default '0',
  `date_time_expires` varchar(120) default NULL,
  `limit_availability` varchar(20) default NULL,
  `itemName` varchar(50) default NULL,
  `itemDesc` text,
  `itemDesc2` text,
  `itemDesc3` text,
  `weight` decimal(12,2) NOT NULL default '0.00',
  `height` mediumint(8) NOT NULL,
  `length` mediumint(8) NOT NULL,
  `width` mediumint(8) NOT NULL,
  `combined_postage` int(3) default '1',
  `item_postage` varchar(120) default NULL,
  `item_postage_amt` double(4,2) default NULL,
  `aust_post_estimate` varchar(240) default 'Regular Parcel - $6.60    Express Post - $9.55',
  `tabs_needed` tinyint(3) default '0',
  `tabhead1` varchar(60) default 'Description',
  `tabhead2` varchar(60) default NULL,
  `tabhead3` varchar(60) default NULL,
  `itemDescb` varchar(40) default NULL,
  `itemPrice` decimal(8,2) default '0.00',
  `retPrice` decimal(8,2) default '0.00',
  `specialPrice` decimal(8,2) default '0.00',
  `specs1` varchar(180) default NULL,
  `spechead1` varchar(180) default NULL,
  `specs2` varchar(180) default NULL,
  `spechead2` varchar(180) NOT NULL,
  `add_comments` char(1) default 'N',
  `more_details` enum('Y','N') default 'N',
  `image1` varchar(60) default '/uploads/nopic.jpg',
  `image2` varchar(60) default '/uploads/nopic.jpg',
  `image3` varchar(60) default '/uploads/nopic.jpg',
  `image4` varchar(60) default '/uploads/nopic.jpg',
  `image5` varchar(60) default '/uploads/nopic.jpg',
  `cookie` varchar(50) default NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY  (`id`),
  UNIQUE KEY `id` (`id`)
) ENGINE=MyISAM  DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1 AUTO_INCREMENT=1062 ;

--
-- Dumping data for table `items`
--

INSERT INTO `items` (`id`, `item_type`, `min_order`, `prodcode`, `true_stock_count`, `display_stock_count`, `low_stock_count`, `date_time_expires`, `limit_availability`, `itemName`, `itemDesc`, `itemDesc2`, `itemDesc3`, `weight`, `height`, `length`, `width`, `combined_postage`, `item_postage`, `item_postage_amt`, `aust_post_estimate`, `tabs_needed`, `tabhead1`, `tabhead2`, `tabhead3`, `itemDescb`, `itemPrice`, `retPrice`, `specialPrice`, `specs1`, `spechead1`, `specs2`, `spechead2`, `add_comments`, `more_details`, `image1`, `image2`, `image3`, `image4`, `image5`, `cookie`) VALUES
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(786, NULL, NULL, NULL, '0', '0', '0', NULL, NULL, 'Science Diet® - Puppy Small Bites', '<p>\r\n	<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 20px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica-Normal, serif; font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold;">Science Diet® - Puppy Small Bites</span><br />\r\n	<br />\r\n	<strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica-Normal, serif; font-size: 12px;">Rich in fish oil and nourishing fatty acids.</span></strong></p>\r\n<p>\r\n	<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 16px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica-Normal, serif; font-size: 12px;">Hill''s® Science Diet® Puppy Small Bites dog food provides precisely balanced nutrition to build immunity and enhance mobility for puppies who prefer a smaller kibble. It is enriched with DHA from high quality fish oil and made with high quality ingredients that provide an ideal combination of nutrients, clinically proven antioxidants and vital fatty acids to give your puppy the best start in life.</span></p>\r\n<p>\r\n	<br />\r\n	&nbsp;</p>\r\n', NULL, NULL, 5.00, 17, 12, 17, 3, 'aust_post', 0.00, '&nbsp;Regular Parcel - $15.70&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Express Post - $34.90', 1, 'Description', NULL, NULL, NULL, 25.00, NULL, 0.00, NULL, NULL, NULL, '', 'N', NULL, '/uploads/item786_1.jpg', '/uploads/item786_2.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', 'uploads/nopic.jpg', NULL),
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(932, 'F', NULL, NULL, '0', '0', '0', NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL, 0.00, 0, 0, 0, 1, NULL, NULL, 'Regular Parcel - $6.60    Express Post - $9.55', NULL, 'Description', NULL, NULL, NULL, 0.00, 0.00, 0.00, NULL, NULL, NULL, '', 'N', NULL, '/uploads/item932_1.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', NULL),
(934, 'F', NULL, NULL, '0', '0', '0', NULL, NULL, 'Test', NULL, NULL, NULL, 0.00, 0, 0, 0, 1, NULL, NULL, 'Regular Parcel - $6.60    Express Post - $9.55', NULL, 'Description', NULL, NULL, NULL, 0.00, 0.00, 0.00, NULL, NULL, NULL, '', 'N', NULL, '/uploads/item934_1.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', NULL),
(906, NULL, NULL, NULL, '4', '4', '0', '27/02/2013 00:00 ', 'TO', 'Bird Food', '<p>\r\n	<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 16px; font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica-normal, serif; font-size: 14px; font-weight: normal;">Bird Food</span></p>\r\n', NULL, NULL, 14.50, 18, 3, 17, 1, 'aust_post', 0.00, ' Regular Parcel - $25.20    Express Post - $78.90', 1, 'Description', NULL, NULL, NULL, 44.00, NULL, 0.00, NULL, NULL, NULL, '', 'N', NULL, '/uploads/item906_1.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', NULL),
(1045, NULL, NULL, NULL, '0', '0', '0', NULL, NULL, 'testing', NULL, NULL, NULL, 6.50, 30, 3, 5, 1, 'aust_post', 0.00, '&nbsp;Regular Parcel - $17.60&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Express Post - $43.70', NULL, 'Description', NULL, NULL, NULL, 44.00, NULL, 32.00, NULL, NULL, NULL, '', 'N', NULL, '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', '/uploads/nopic.jpg', NULL);

-- --------------------------------------------------------

--
-- Table structure for table `items_to_category`
--

CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `items_to_category` (
  `category` int(11) NOT NULL,
  `item` int(11) NOT NULL,
  `position` int(11) default NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY  (`category`,`item`)
) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1;

--
-- Dumping data for table `items_to_category`
--

INSERT INTO `items_to_category` (`category`, `item`, `position`) VALUES
(145, 782, 5),
(118, 782, 1),
(118, 786, 3),
(126, 762, 1),
(145, 1019, 2),
(145, 768, 1),
(122, 1045, 1),
(119, 762, 1),
(118, 768, 2),
(150, 772, 1),
(140, 872, 1),
(140, 874, 2),
(140, 876, 3),
(145, 882, 4),
(145, 772, 3),
(133, 788, 8),
(134, 145, NULL),
(133, 908, 4),
(147, 908, 3),
(133, 926, 3),
(147, 926, 4),
(133, 928, 7),
(147, 928, 5),
(150, 762, 2),
(120, 906, 1),
(133, 936, 6),
(133, 886, 5),
(133, 930, 2),
(147, 932, 2),
(147, 934, 1),
(133, 852, 1),
(123, 762, 1);

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AielloJConnect With a Mentor Commented:
sabecs:

When you use DISTINCT, all columns in the query must be distinct.  In your example query, several columns are different (id, category, position, subcat, and cat_order).  Removing them from the query (as shown below) eliminates the duplicates.

SELECT DISTINCT items.itemName, items.itemDesc, items.itemDesc2,
items.itemDesc3, items.itemPrice, items.image1, items.image2, items.image3, items.image4,
items.image5, items.cookie, items.item_type, items.min_order, items.prodcode, items.true_stock_count,
items.display_stock_count, items.low_stock_count, items.limit_availability, items.date_time_expires,
items.itemDescb, items.itemPrice, items.retPrice, items.specialPrice, items.specs1, items.spechead1,
items.specs2, items.spechead2, items.add_comments, items.more_details  
FROM items_to_category
LEFT JOIN category
ON category.id = items_to_category.category
LEFT JOIN items
ON items.id = items_to_category.item
WHERE (items.itemName LIKE '%cat%' || items.itemDesc LIKE '%cat%')
AND items.itemName IS NOT NULL

Best regards,

AielloJ
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Kevin CrossConnect With a Mentor Chief Technology OfficerCommented:
If you need the information, in MySQL you can use GROUP_CONCAT(). You may want to move the focus from items_to_category to items. Because you use a filter on items in the WHERE, the JOIN to items is acting as an INNER JOIN anyway; therefore, you should be able to make it the main table of the query. Then LEFT OUTER JOIN the categories similar to the following.

FROM items i
LEFT OUTER JOIN (
    SELECT items_to_category.item
         , GROUP_CONCAT(category.cat) AS cats
    FROM items_to_category 
    JOIN category 
      ON category.id = items_to_category.category 
) c ON c.item = i.id

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