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Posted on 2016-08-04
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I will try to make this as clear as possible.  My main objective is to "Identify" and then "Delete" records found between two tables.  I've solved the first part of "Identifying" the records that needs to be deleted, however, I'm a little stuck on how to delete the 370K records found.  The below query is what I use to locate the records:  It works fine.

SELECT TABLE1.COLUMN1 AS ACCOUNTS, TABLE2.COLUMN1 AS COMPANY_HQ
FROM TABLE1, TABLE2
WHERE TABLE1.ACCOUNT + '%%%%%%' LIKE '%%%%%%' + TABLE2.COMPANY_HQ + '%%%%%%'
ORDER BY TABLE2.COMPANY_HQ ASC;

(see attached file for results)

Now...I'm using the below query to delete the records found in Table2:

DELETE FROM TABLE2
WHERE TABLE2.ACCOUNT + '%%%%%%' LIKE '%%%%%%' + TABLE1.COMPANY_HQ + '%%%%%%'

BUT...I get the below error message:

Msg 4104, Level 16, State1, Line 2
The multi-part identifier "TABLE2.COMPANY_HQ" could not be bound.

I apologize for any confusion.  Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
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by:Jim Horn
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Both queries you posted are missing the JOIN ... ON criteria that tells SQL Server how the two tables are related.

<knee-jerk answer> You're missing the JOIN in your DELETE Table, so assming just id..
DELETE Table2
FROM TABLE2 t2
  JOIN Table1 t1 ON t2.id = t2.id
WHERE TABLE2.ACCOUNT + '%%%%%%' LIKE '%%%%%%' + TABLE1.COMPANY_HQ + '%%%%%%'

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For DELETE with JOIN formatting help check out this Pinal Dave blog.
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Russ Suter earned 250 total points
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The clearest way (I think) to do this is to use a subquery. I don't mess around with DELETE statements. I want them to be as clear as possible. What I like about this approach is that you can run the SELECT statement independently to verify that what you're about to delete is correct. The syntax looks something like this:
DELETE FROM
  Table2
WHERE
  Table2.Table1ForeignKey IN
  (
  SELECT
    Table1.PrimaryKey
  FROM
    Table1
  WHERE
    SomeCondition = True
  )

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by:Member_2_7970395
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It worked!  Thank you very much!!
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by:Member_2_7970395
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Don't if I'm entering this correctly, but if not, I want to THANK all of you who responded.
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by:Russ Suter
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Glad we could help.

Looks like you're trying to close this question. I think they've made that more confusing. You can either click "Close Question" at the bottom of your browser or click "Best Answer" in the comment you want to accept. You can then edit to accept multiple solutions.

Happy SQLing!
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