Query Tricky Distict

Posted on 2013-01-07
Last Modified: 2013-03-22

I am using the below query to find all of the trails someone has traveled.

I have the trails stored like:

3|trail1, trail6, trail2
5|trail2, trail5

The problem is that they were setup as one per field but now we have a multiselect so they have have more then one in a field and they are separated by ', '.

$result3 = mysql_query("SELECT DISTINCT trail FROM cms_activities WHERE user_id = '".$_COOKIE['member_id']."'") 
or die(mysql_error());  

$trails = mysql_num_rows($result3);

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Question by:movieprodw
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Expert Comment

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Hi  movieprodw,

You can try this approach:

MySQL String Splitter

Author Comment

ID: 38873369
I am sorry but I still can not figure this out, I have tried the method you sent but I can not find the common ground using just one table.

Would love some help
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Expert Comment

ID: 38878125
There are approaches that are using cursors to process the string. This one for example:

But I would stick to the original solution. You could create a table with sequential numbers and use it in your SELECTs. Is there something that prevents you from doing it?
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Author Comment

ID: 38881318
Well all the data and code is there and I only have access to the page that retrieves the code.

I wonder if there is a way to pull the rows, break them up and store them in an array then count them?
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Rimvis earned 500 total points
ID: 38882305
Does that mean you can't create any database objects, like tables and functions?

Of course, you can do it at PHP side, with explode function for example:

But I'm not a PHP expert, I wouldn't be able to help you further with that.

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ID: 39012541
Thanks for your help

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