Pulling Information into one table from another.

Posted on 2013-02-01
Last Modified: 2013-05-22
I have been banging my head in frustration over this novice issue.  I'm trying to update a column on table1 with information from table2 where two different variables match.... I'm better at drawing than I am describing this stuff, so, here we go.

Table1 pic
Table2 pic
Again, I'm trying to update the key1 column in Table1 based off of matching the cat and filename columns from Table1 to the ocat and key3 columns in Table2.
Question by:Jonathan CMCH
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Expert Comment

ID: 38843660
Try this:

update table1
set table1.key1 = table2.okey1
from table1 inner join table2
on = table2.ocat and table1.filename = table2.okey3

Author Comment

by:Jonathan CMCH
ID: 38843847
Thanks Jared.

I don't think that it likes the 'from' syntax in there as I am getting an error.  I think you have me on the right track though with the inner join command.  I've attempted:

update table1
inner join table2
on = table2.ocat
set table1.key1 = table2.okey1
where table1.filename = table2.okey3

but this is not pulling over any information from the table2.okey1 column.
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Expert Comment

ID: 38843904
I gave you the wrong flavor of sql.. sorry. This should work.

UPDATE table1, table2
  SET set table1.key1 = table2.okey1
 WHERE  table1.filename = table2.okey3
  AND = table2.ocat
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Author Comment

by:Jonathan CMCH
ID: 38844382
Thanks again.

That's actually the first query I tried to run.  Unfortunately, it's still not pulling any information from the table2.okey1 column.  I'm still unsure why.
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Expert Comment

ID: 38844467
Any error messages?

Author Comment

by:Jonathan CMCH
ID: 38844474
No, the query runs.  It's just not pulling the information from the column.  0 rows are being edited, is what is reported.  I probably need to triple check to make sure those columns are comparable, but I'm pretty sure they are.
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Expert Comment

ID: 38844561
If that doesn't fix it, maybe try running it as a select and confirm that the are rows that should be updated with the join criteria used.

Accepted Solution

Jonathan CMCH earned 0 total points
ID: 38857239
Whelp, I found out what the issue was.  When I imported the csv file with the information into the database, it created a new line after the data in the last column of the table.  Therefore, even though the data looked the same in the two columns, when compared, they didn't match.  I corrected that new line issues and, voila... My 3 day migraine is gone.

Thanks for the help!

Author Closing Comment

by:Jonathan CMCH
ID: 39186879
Trial and error figured this one out....3 days of it.

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