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How can I duplicate an existing record in a DB table

Thread began 9/28/2016 7:21 pm by mrs | Last modified 9/29/2016 3:51 pm by Ray Borduin | 375 views | 2 replies |


How can I duplicate an existing record in a DB table

I have a table that has a large amount of columns and data, and once that data has been entered into a record, it will be useful to be able to duplicate that record as a great deal of the info is going to be similar if not exactly the same. The only things that will change from the original record to the duplicated will be details like dates and prices.

To save the administrators having to retype a majority of the same content, I want to be able to duplicate it to create a new version that can then edited as required, but I can't figure out how to do it.

Could you advise please?

I assume I need to do some sort of mysql select and insert code, but I don't know what, where how to implement it.


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Found the answer to the MySQL code. The search results I was finding related to content that was unintentionally duplicated and how to prevent it, but with a search on cloning, I found an answer that I was then able to manipulate.

INSERT INTO table (col1, col2, col3)
SELECT col1, col2, col3 FROM table
WHERE id = 1

It works a treat in Sequel Pro, but I can't figure out how to trigger the code to run. So, if you could advise on that, that'd be great.

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

You can Update the code from a recordset to use this code instead.

Create a recordset with the SQL:
"SELECT * FROM table WHERE id = idparam"

and create a parameter idparam that is set to the record you want repeated (probably from a form post).

Then manually update the SQL after the recordset has been created to look like the code example you have above.

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