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jiblet
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posted posted 10-31-2001 21:19

I have the following table:

<BLOCKQUOTE><FONT face="Verdana, Arial">code:</font><HR><pre>mysql> SELECT id, thread_id, time FROM Earth_Msg;
+----+-----------+----------------+

bitdamaged
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posted posted 11-01-2001 02:33

hmm.. I'm a little unclear on the issue here.

This should return both id's, no?
Do you mean that they are being grouped by "id" instead of "thread_id"?




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Emperor
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posted posted 11-01-2001 02:53

jiblet: I'll have another look when I've slept (I've been out all night trick and treating - oddly noone mch wanted to give a large man in a mask any sweets/candy!!). It might need something complex but it is also possible that if you did a descending (or is it ascending? I'd go with DESC off the top of my head) order by time it might spit out the results you want. No guarantees though.

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lallous
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posted posted 11-01-2001 08:01

jiblet, try SELECT * FROM tablename ORDER BY fieldname [DESC

Emperor
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posted posted 11-01-2001 14:08

jiblet: I'm not sure if it is completely relevant but I found this pretty useful when wandering into territory away from the 'standard' MySQL statements:
www.devshed.com/Server_Side/MySQL/MySQLWiz

Check it out I found the way it is written a little annoying but it was a useful piece.

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jiblet
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posted posted 11-01-2001 17:42

Yes, that is a good article. I read it when it came out, but it might be a good re-read now that I've got more SQL experience. Okay. To clarify my question even further (I did find a solution btw, but if I can figure this out I can write a much quicker solution). To review, the standard query:

SELECT id, thread_id, time FROM Earth_Msg;

gives me this table (argh, why doesn't the code tag used a fixed width font?):

+----+-----------+----------------+

Emperor
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posted posted 11-01-2001 18:07

jiblte: Save it as a .txt file and post the link here.

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jiblet
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From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
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posted posted 11-01-2001 19:08

http://www.coffman.umn.edu/earth/emboard.txt

still needs a lot of work before it will be widely useful.

-jiblet

AdamD1
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From: Toronto, ON, Canada
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posted posted 11-02-2001 20:16

> I want to select the MAX(time) for each thread_id. In other words, what query should
> I use to return rows 2, 4 and 15 from this table?

Then later:


> Okay, to refine my question. I tried the query:
>
> SELECT id, thread_id, MAX(time) FROM Earth_Msg GROUP BY
> thread_id;
>
> Which gives me the times I want, but unfortunately the ids
> that it returns are the first ids for each group, not the
> ids associated with the row that has the MAX(time). Why
> would it behave this way?

My guess is:

In your original query: you're querying on more than the fields from which you wanted the specific info. By that I mean: if all you want is the max(time) for each thread_id, then you (by your own definition) have to strictly select *only* the thread_id and the max(time) as it. So:

SELECT thread_id, max(time) as it
FROM Earth_Msg
order by...
limit...

etc.

You could do a union or a join to then derive individual message id's, etc. But a word of warning that in PHP this slows things down quite a bit on most servers I've run it.

Hope that is close anyway. And hi! I don't post here that much but hi!

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