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    software coding

    by antonymartinkollam ·

    i have two ms access table ( TableA & TableB) .. how i can copy from TableB to TableA..Avoid duplicate records
    My code below
    Insert into TableA (slno,name) select slno,name from TableB

    duplicate slno copy to TableA….
    How i can stop?

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      Re: copy without duplicates

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to software coding

      Three options. I leave it to you to determine what’s the best for you.

      1. Make slno a primary key in tableA.
      2. Extend the query with a NOT IN clause to check if it’s already a record with the same slno in TableA.
      3. Make query an outer join on slno and only select the records from tableB that have null in the slno-field from table A.

      Notes:
      – Using only option 1 triggers a warning message, but you reach your purpose.
      – Option 2 or 3 is much faster if you combine it with option 1.

      In fact, making slno a primary key lets Access take care of duplicates. With Option 2 and 3 you make a query giving only the records for which slno does not yet exist and then insert those.
      Personally I prefer to have control myself instead of having to say “OK” to a warning about duplicate records.

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