Join table on self

I am trying to select all rows in a table where the parent id is the passed value, but I also want to select all rows whose parent id equals the above selected rows ID

Example structure
tbl_categories_id    category_name    category_parent
1                                 cat1                                 1
2                                 cat2                                 1
3                                 cat3                                 1
4                                 cat4                                 2
5                                 cat5                                 2

So select all rows where the category_parent=1, but of those there is one (tbl_categories_id=2) which has 2 child rows (4 & 5)

How would I write the sql?!2/097e0/2
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SharathData EngineerCommented:
So if you pass category_parent as 1, you want all its children and their children in a recursive way?
GaryAuthor Commented:
Yep. So even though I am selecting where parent_id=1 my query should return

1                                 cat1                                 1
2                                 cat2                                 1
     4                                 cat4                                 2
     5                                 cat5                                 2
3                                 cat3                                 1
SharathData EngineerCommented:
check this.
    SET NAMES utf8;
    SET foreign_key_checks = 0;
    SET time_zone = '+01:00';
    SET sql_mode = 'NO_AUTO_VALUE_ON_ZERO';
    DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `categories`;
    CREATE TABLE `categories` (
      `tbl_categories_id` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
      `category_name` varchar(100) DEFAULT NULL,
      `category_parent` int(2) DEFAULT '0',
      UNIQUE KEY `tbl_categories_id` (`tbl_categories_id`)
    -- 2013-10-17 22:40:09
    INSERT INTO `categories` (`tbl_categories_id`, `category_name`, `category_parent`) VALUES
    (1,	'cat1',	0),
    (2,	'cat2',	1),
    (3,	'cat3',	1),
    (4,	'cat4',	1),
    (5,	'cat5',	2),
    (6,	'cat6',	3)

**Query 1**:

    SELECT * 
      FROM categories 
     WHERE category_parent = 1 
        OR category_parent IN (SELECT tbl_categories_id 
                                 FROM (SELECT @r := (SELECT MIN(tbl_categories_id) 
                                                       FROM categories 
                                                      WHERE category_parent = @r) AS tbl_categories_id
                                         FROM (SELECT @r := 1) vars, 
                                              categories) t1) 

    |                 2 |          cat2 |               1 |
    |                 3 |          cat3 |               1 |
    |                 4 |          cat4 |               1 |
    |                 5 |          cat5 |               2 |

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GaryAuthor Commented:
Will get back to this tomorrow, got into the middle of something else and don't want to get sidetracked.
SharathData EngineerCommented:
Thanks Paul for posting the sqlfiddle from my post. will post the solution going forward.
PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
:) no problem Sharath. Cheers, Paul.
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