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MySQL function need onupdate?????

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#1 judd48

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 08:45 AM

Hello all,
Im making a site and i need a column in the database that is set to update itself to the curreent time every tie that row is altered ive been looking around and all i could dig up was OnUpdate() and i cant seem to find out how to use this anyone got an idea???

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 06:41 PM

In theory, you the first TIMESTAMP column in table automatically gets updated with the current date/time whenever a new row is inserted/updated without its value being specified explicity. However, in practice, I think it's a terrible idea -- it's much simpler to just include "NOW()" in your INSERT/UPDATE query, and it allows you to have a proper DATETIME column as well. They did make some minor improvements in MySQL 5, but it's still a bad idea. Go the easy route, no fancy columns, easy SQL statements to achieve your goal.

Hope that helps.
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