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Re: [PHP] Database Insert/Update/Delete

From the manual:

11.2.6. REPLACE Syntax

    [INTO] tbl_name [(col_name,...)]
    VALUES ({expr | DEFAULT},...),(...),...


    [INTO] tbl_name
    SET col_name={expr | DEFAULT}, ...


    [INTO] tbl_name [(col_name,...)]
    SELECT ...

REPLACE works exactly like INSERT, except that if an old row in the table has the same value as a new row for a PRIMARY KEY or a UNIQUE index, the old row is deleted before the new row is inserted. See Section 11.2.4, “INSERT Syntax”.

REPLACE is a MySQL extension to the SQL standard. It either inserts, or deletes and inserts. For another MySQL extension to standard SQL — that either inserts or updates — see Section, “INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE Syntax”.

Note that unless the table has a PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE index, using a REPLACE statement makes no sense. It becomes equivalent to INSERT, because there is no index to be used to determine whether a new row duplicates another.

On 2015-10-09 03:45, Ashley Sheridan wrote:
Hi All,

This is a bit of an odd one, and while it's largely an SQL problem, it
will have PHP logic because SQL just doesn't have quite the syntax.

I'm sure this is a standard problem that has a standard solution, but as
of yet, I've not come across said solution.

I need to update a series of data in a DB. Some of it may exist already,
and some may need to be removed.

Now the typical for updating (but not removing) data and adding new is
the familiar:


syntax, but what about those bits which might need removing?

What's the typical solution that any of you use? I normally just empty
all rows of data sharing the common id for the set of data and then
insert new rows, but that seems wasteful to me, and less clean than it
ought to be.



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