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Update SQL

Update SQL

Update SQL

I have an issue with my update SQL.

Table A is existing EMPLOYEES table with 10000+ records.
Table B is a EMPTEMP table where I have loaded all the information for the employees I need to update (only about 1161 records).

My SQL Update statement:

Update employees em SET (lname, startdate, enddate, emercontact) = (select lname, startdate, enddate, emergency_contact from emptemp et where em.emplid = et.employeeid)

That sql will update all 10000+ records and make all other records and fields NULL besides the 1161 records.

My question is what am I doing wrong?

thank you


RE: Update SQL



Update employees em
   SET (lname, startdate, enddate, emercontact)
     = (select lname, startdate, enddate, emergency_contact
          from emptemp et where em.emplid = et.employeeid)
       (select 'Yes'
          from emptemp et where em.emplid = et.employeeid)


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RE: Update SQL

What platform are you working in?

MCSA (2003) / MCDBA (SQL 2000)
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RE: Update SQL

Thank you, LKBrwnDBA; I will try that.

mrdenny, I'm working in Oracle 10g.

RE: Update SQL

it doesn't work. :(

It's updated 2000+ records instead of the 1161. Any ideas why all this is happening?


RE: Update SQL


WHAT doesn't work?  You've had 2 suggestions so far.

And HOW does it not work?  Any messages?  What results are you getting?  What can you tell us?


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RE: Update SQL

Did you try my suggestion ?

RE: Update SQL

You'll be rolling back, won't you, so you can undo these changes you made.. Or is that not important ?

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RE: Update SQL

Yes. I have rollback. Both did not work ... for some reasons it updated 1355 records and not just the 1161 that I wanted to. There were no errors or messages. The only problem is the number of records it updated.

RE: Update SQL

No. I have checked for duplicates.

RE: Update SQL

sorry for the late reply; was out of office the remaining of last week.
I will try those and post the results later today.

Thanks for all your help.

RE: Update SQL


1161 records

SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT employeeid) FROM emptemp;

1161 records

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM employees WHERE emplid IN (SELECT employeeid FROM emptemp):


SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT emplid) FROM employees WHERE emplid IN (SELECT employeeid FROM emptemp):


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