Deleteing duplicate records

I have a simple table with phone numbers.    Field name : Phone.    There are many duplicates in there.  I want to delete the duplicates.  Simple table one field name phone with about 10,000 phone numbers.

Any one have an easy way of doing there?

Thank You.

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Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
since your table ONLY contains 1 field and you wish to remove the duplicate records, you probably can do this... (for a quick solution)

1. Copy the records into a Temp table:
Select * into #temp from yourTable

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2. Delete the records from your Table:
Delete from yourTable

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3. Reinsert back the records from Temp table into your Table:
Insert into yourTable Select field1 from #temp group by field1

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I have over 15 years didn't use FoxPro so the codes above are not tested. Backup your existing table before you run the scripts above.

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Olaf DoschkeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Taking Ryans idea you'd do

Select Phone from yourtable Group By Phone Into Cursor curSingleNumbers

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then ZAP the original table (empty it) and reinsert via
Append From DBF("curSingleNumbers")

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or you could
Insert Into Yourtable (Phone) Select Phone From curSingleNumbers

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I second to do this on a copy, at the stage you ZAP the original table you only have data in memory.

Another way without secondary table:
DELETE ALL && marks all data deleted
RECALL ALL && recalls first occurrances of any phone number only

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All theses methods will only take care of 100% identical values, no duplicates with just some spaces or hyphens or brackets as difference will be removed, you have to do data cleanising of such unneeded chars as a preprocessing step.

Bye, Olaf.
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