SELECT 1 appears to not work

I am working with a sql stored procedure that uses the WHERE NOT EXISTS clause. The stored procedure keeps getting stuck.  Below is an example of the WHERE NOT EXIST clause that is being used.
In looking at this, I am thinking that the SELECT 1 FROM BstCustomer is the problem. Wouldn't is be better to do something like "SELECT TOP 1 * from BstCustomer where BstCustomer = inId). This is a sql server stored procedure.

WHERE NOT EXISTS ( SELECT 1 FROM BstCustomer where BstCustomer = inId)

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Scott PletcherConnect With a Mentor Senior DBACommented:
The "SELECT 1" is fine; that's not your problem.

The issue is almost certainly that columns "BstCustomer" and "inId" both exist in the "BstCustomer" table.  Therefore, a matching row always exists.  In such queries, you should always qualify all columns with a table alias:

FROM data_table dt
WHERE NOT EXISTS ( SELECT 1 FROM BstCustomer bc where bc.BstCustomer = dt.inId)
SharathData EngineerCommented:
Post your entire proc or the block of code that is causing the problem.
brgdotnetcontractorAuthor Commented:
The proc is quite large, and I would have to type it in, because I don't have copy access to the source. Anyway, I kind of pseudo coded it below. I don't know if that helps. However in the final analysis, SELECT 1 seems like a terrible command?

 From MsterTable
             AnotherTable t
 WHERE t.Id =
Vitor MontalvãoConnect With a Mentor MSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
WHERE NOT EXISTS ( SELECT 1 FROM BstCustomer where BstCustomer = inId)
Usually you need to link a field in the subselect with a field in the master select. Like this we can't guess which of the fields are in the detail table and which one is in the master table (BstCustomer = inId).
PortletPaulConnect With a Mentor Commented:
NOT EXISTS  is also known as "Left Anti Semi Join" and more here

It does not need to retrieve data like a conventional select does and in some respects the select clause is retained for syntax reasons (i.e. you must start with select). Any of the following may be used and are equivalent (in the context of not exists):


NOT EXISTS is quite unlike IN () where the select clause IS more important.

I'd suggest it isn't that select clause that is your problem. You need to inspect your data to ascertain if there are any matches from:

"(SELECT TOP 1 * from BstCustomer where BstCustomer = inId)"

NOTE: you don't need TOP 1 and I would recommend you don't use it.
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