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From "Bryan Pendleton (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DERBY-3605) Remove restriction "If there is an index defined on the table, the table can be renamed."
Date Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:09:20 GMT

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Bryan Pendleton commented on DERBY-3605:
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I think maybe this is just a documentation problem, and that sentence can simply be
removed from the RENAME TABLE page in the reference guide.

Please note that the sentence says "can be renamed", not "cannot be renamed".
I think this might be confusing; people might have thought it was saying that the
table *cannot* be renamed if there is an index defined on it, but I think that the
documentation is correctly stating that the table *can* be renamed if there is an
index defined on it.

As far as I know, a table can be renamed even if it has one or more indexes on it,
and we have at least 1 regression test (in RenameTableTest.java) which verifies this.

Perhaps the best thing to do would be to re-word that sentence slightly:

  Note that a table can be renamed even if it has one or more indexes defined on it;
  the presence of an index defined on the table does not prevent the table from
  being renamed.

Or, we could just remove the sentence.

> Remove restriction "If there is an index defined on the table, the table can be renamed."
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DERBY-3605
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-3605
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: SQL
>    Affects Versions: 10.3.2.1
>         Environment: N/A
>            Reporter: Oleksandr Alesinskyy
>
> Remove following restriction for "RENAME TABLE" statement:
> "If there is an index defined on the table, the table can be renamed."
> I really do not see any valid reasons (except, probably not very wise implementation)
for existence this restriction. And it may come  very inconvinient if table to be renamed
has an index(ses) referenced by foreign keys from other tables.
> Regards,
> Oleksandr

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