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Delete Range of dates in MySQL

Posted on 2014-01-06
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I have searched the internet and copied in at least 7 solutions that are advertised around, but I simply cannot get it to work.  

Problem:  I have 100,000 rows in a database - all with a date field populated.  I want to delete all rows if the date is older than 14 days.  Among many attempts, this was my last, but the SQL is bad.  Any thoughts for a legit solution that actually works :)

DELETE * FROM hours WHERE ADJAPPLYDTM < DATE_SUB( 2013-12-30, INTERVAL 14 DAY )

I would paste all the others I tried, but it wouldn't do any good at this point since they didn't work and I don't remember them.
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by:weklica
ID: 39759742
Update:  just to be clear what my goal is:

I want to run the script each day and it will delete anything older that 14 days based on the ADJAPPLYDTM column.  the whole row goes based on that one field's value.
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by:Kevin Cross
ID: 39759754
What are some sample values of the ADJAPPLYDTM field, or more importantly can you verify the data type of the column?
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by:weklica
ID: 39759762
Yes, it is datetime as type of column.

Here is a format example:  2013-11-24 00:00:00
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Kevin Cross earned 500 total points
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Here is an example:
DELETE
FROM `hours`
WHERE ADJAPPLYDTM < DATE_SUB(CURDATE(), INTERVAL 14 DAY)
;

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The code should delete rows with a date less than '2013-12-23' if run today.  If you want to control the date, substitute CURDATE() for literal like '2013-12-30', leveraging STR_TO_DATE() if necessary.
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by:weklica
ID: 39759784
PERFECT!  This is what I needed.  The CURDATE will make things easier and I must have been forgetting the semicolon accidentally.  THANKS MUCH.
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by:weklica
ID: 39759812
One other question if you don't mind:

What would it look like to delete just the last two days as well?  I will run it as a second SQL query obviously, but last two days as well would be nice to clean up....
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by:Kevin Cross
ID: 39759834
Do you mean you want to keep records between '2013-12-23' and '2014-01-04', removing everything else?  Remember the "INTERVAL n DAY" portion of the code controls how you shift the original date, which in your case is today.  If last two days refers to today and yesterday, then you really want "INTERVAL 1 DAY" whereas to grab Saturday (two days ago) as well you need "INTERVAL 2 DAY".

Anyway, the query would be:
DELETE
FROM `hours`
WHERE ADJAPPLYDTM >= DATE_SUB(CURDATE(), INTERVAL 1 DAY)
;

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Therefore, you can combine the queries into one:
DELETE
FROM `hours`
WHERE (ADJAPPLYDTM < DATE_SUB(CURDATE(), INTERVAL 14 DAY)
OR ADJAPPLYDTM >= DATE_SUB(CURDATE(), INTERVAL 1 DAY))
;

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If I did not understand you question correctly, you may want to consider created a related question.  It will notify me as well as bring in additional Experts.

Regards,

Kevin
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