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MySQL update text field to date field

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I have a database where the date field is text field and need to fix that.  What is the best way to do that.

If date1 is a text field with 01/01/2014
and date 2 is a date field and needs to display 2014-01-01.

Would you use substr to get the numbers out, something like this conceptually, if so, I have no idea how to put them all together?

update table set date2 = date_format('substr(`date1`, 0, 2)',  '%Y-%m-%d')


Thanks in advance, hope everyone had a great new year!
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Question by:ststesting
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by:ststesting
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Just found this.
update table set date2 = STR_TO_DATE(`date1`, '%Y-%m-%d')

and get
Error 1411. Incorrect datetime value 'date1' for function str_to_date
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by:Kevin Cross
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Remember the format you enter is one that matches the data in `date`.  Date data type does not store in a specific format; therefore, you are not looking to format it as 2014-01-01, you simply want to convert to a date.
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sammySeltzer earned 250 total points
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can you just try:

STR_TO_DATE(date1, '%Y-/%m-/%d') .

date1 without the quotes?
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by:Kevin Cross
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I doubt it is the quoted identifiers.  Here is an example of what I mean.
SELECT STR_TO_DATE(date1, '%m/%d/%Y') date2
FROM (
    SELECT CONVERT('01/01/2014', CHAR(10)) date1 
    UNION SELECT '12/30/2013'
) tbl
ORDER BY date2
;

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by:ststesting
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Thanks guys!

I was using str_to_date like date_format and what putting what I wanted the output to be rather that telling it want it wanted (%Y-/%m-/%d vs %m/%d/%Y).  (dumb moment)

update tbl set date2 = STR_TO_DATE(`date1`, '%m/%d/%Y')

Also this worked.
update tbl set date2 = concat(substr(date1, 7, 4),'-', substr(date1, 4, 2),'-', substr(date1, 4, 2))
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