[ic] autonumber with mySQL

Jon Jensen jon at endpoint.com
Thu Jan 15 09:16:30 EST 2004

On Thu, 15 Jan 2004, Stefan Hornburg wrote:

> > > > Do I have another shot in the dark <g> ? I think you missing NOT NULL for
> > > > the code column.
> > > 
> > > Thank you very much for your help Racke and Rene.  The NOT NULL was missing.
> > 
> > I don't see how that can be the case. The MySQL documentation says (and a
> > quick test creating a table in MySQL verifies):
> > 
> > > A PRIMARY KEY is a unique KEY where all key columns must be defined as NOT 
> > > NULL. If they are not explicitly declared as NOT NULL, it will be done 
> > > implicitly (and quietly).
> > 
> > http://www.mysql.com/doc/en/CREATE_TABLE.html
> mysql> create table foo (bar int, primary key(bar));
> ERROR 1171: All parts of a PRIMARY KEY must be NOT NULL;  If you need NULL in a key, use UNIQUE instead
> MySQL 3.

But that syntax is not what he used. He was using the normal single-column
primary key syntax:

create table foo (bar int primary key);

The more verbose syntax is mostly intended for multi-column keys, where
some columns are allowed to be nullable, so IMO it makes sense there that
it requires explicit NOT NULL designation.


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