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# Duplicate/Replicate data in table

Posted on 2014-02-04
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I have a table of 10,000 rows that I need to multiply into 200,000. I basically want to take the data I have in the table duplicate it until there are 200,000 rows, but the empl id needs to be unique so I plan on using a sequence to create it.  Basic table structure below

Case

Emplid    case      case_desc
1             open     this case is open
2             closed   this case is closed
3             open     this case is open

Should I justinsert into case a (select  seq.nxtval, case, case_desc  from case b); until I reach 200K or is this a more efficient way.
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Question by:klpayton
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so, simply multiply the data by 20?
Try this...

change 11000  to be any number at least as big as the current max id

INSERT INTO yourtable(emplid,case,case_desc)
SELECT 11000 + ROWNUM, CASE, case_desc
FROM yourtable,
(    SELECT LEVEL
FROM DUAL
CONNECT BY LEVEL <= 20)
where rownum <= 200000
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ID: 39833170
Is emplid currently a unique key?
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ID: 39833177
@awking00 Yes, emplid is a unique key
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ID: 39833185
the insert above will create 200000 unique new records,  So, if you have 10000 to start with you'll have 210000 when done.

If that's too many, Change the connect by to be   <= 19

or simply delete the extras when you're done
if you don't have 10000 rows to start, then bump the connect by up to 21 or higher as needed.

I would expect the insert above should take a few seconds at most.  Try it, if it doesn't work, simply do a rollback, if it does, then commit and you're done.
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sdstuber earned 2000 total points
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if you'd prefer, the insert can be entirely self-contained by doing a lookup on the max id and counting the current number of rows and adjusting the output to make sure it's exactly 200000 rows when done

This does assume you have between 1 and 199,999 rows to start with though

INSERT INTO yourtable
WITH x AS (SELECT MAX(emplid) maxid, COUNT(*) cnt FROM yourtable)
SELECT maxid + ROWNUM, CASE, case_desc
FROM yourtable,
x,
(    SELECT LEVEL
FROM DUAL
CONNECT BY LEVEL <= FLOOR(200000 / (SELECT cnt FROM x)))
WHERE ROWNUM <= 200000 - cnt;
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