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From Buğra Gedik (JIRA) <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-2212) Add "Unique where not null" to create index
Date Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:55:00 GMT

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Buğra Gedik commented on DERBY-2212:

Thanks for the info [~rhlrx]. Here is the problem I am having with Apache Derby -

connect 'jdbc:derby:memory:db;create=true';
ij> create table t(a int, b int);
0 rows inserted/updated/deleted
ij> create unique index ui on t(b);
0 rows inserted/updated/deleted
ij> insert into t(a) values (1);        
1 row inserted/updated/deleted
ij> insert into t(a) values (2);
ERROR 23505: The statement was aborted because it would have caused a duplicate key value
in a unique or primary key constraint or unique index identified by 'UI' defined on 'T'.

Any ideas?

> Add "Unique where not null" to create index
> -------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DERBY-2212
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-2212
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: SQL
>    Affects Versions:
>            Reporter: Oleksandr Alesinskyy
>            Priority: Major
>              Labels: derby_triage10_10
>         Attachments: FunctionalSpec.html, FunctionalSpecV3.html, FunctionalSpecV3_comment.html,
FunctionlaSpecv2.html, derby-2212preview.diff, derby-2212preview2.diff
> Derby prohibits creation of unique constraints on nullable colums (as well if only some
columns in the constraint list are nullable) and treat nulls in unique indexes as normal values
(i.e. only one row with null values in indexed columns may be inserted into the table). This
bahavior is very restrictive, does not completely comply with SQL standards (both letter and
intent) as well as with business needs and intending meaning of NULL values (2 null values
are not considered as equal, this comparision shall return NULL, and for selection criteria
boolean null is treated as FALSE).
> This behavior, as far as I can see, is modelled after DB2 (and differs from behavior
of most other major databases, like SyBase, Oracle, etc.).
> But even DB2 provide some means to alleviate these restrictions, namely "UNIQUE WHERE
NOT NULL" clause for CREATE INDEX statement.
> It will be very good if such "UNIQUE WHERE NOT NULL" clause will be introduced in Derby.
> Regards,
> Oleksandr Alesinskyy

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