difference between two similar tables

Posted on 2012-12-29
Last Modified: 2013-01-12
CREATE TABLE recipes_new LIKE; INSERT recipes_new SELECT * FROM;

identical tables

and then recipes_new inserts a new value

is there a diff command
so I can see difference between recipes and recipes_new
Question by:rgb192
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by:Kevin Cross
ID: 38730768
I cannot recall using EXCEPT in MySQL. EXCEPT in SQL Server lets you see the values in the first table that are not in the second. This is not available in MySQL to my knowledge, but you can give it a try.

SELECT column_that_should_be_unique FROM recipes_new
SELECT column_that_should_be_unique FROM

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Here is an alternative that will work in most database systems.

SELECT column_that_should_be_unique 
FROM recipes_new n
    SELECT 1
    FROM o
    WHERE o.column_that_should_be_unique = n.column_that_should_be_unique 

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It multiple columns are necessary to match-up rows, then just alter the WHERE clause accordingly. Remember that an auto-numbered field is not sufficient as the two tables will increment at different paces; therefore, the same row in both tables may have a different id if it is a simple incrementing integer.

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ID: 38749868
SELECT id FROM recipes_new
SELECT id FROM .recipes

Error Code: 1064. You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'SELECT id FROM recipes' at line 3

FROM recipes_new n
    SELECT 1
    FROM recipes o
    WHERE =

no results returned
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Kevin Cross earned 500 total points
ID: 38750765
As I said, EXCEPT is a SQL Server syntax that I did not believe is available in MySQL, so the first result I expected. The second indicates to me that the query ran, but there are no rows that belong in the new table that are not in the original.

Are you expecting some to be there?

If so, the issue may be that the id does not properly match rows. For example, if id is an autonumber, you will successfully match every row if both tables have the same number of rows (i.e., 1 = 1). However, if row one for one table has different values than row one for the other, you really have a non-existent row. Therefore, the trick is to find the column or columns that accurately identify a row.

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the where not exists works when I add rows into the first table


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