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From Stanley Bradbury <Stan.Bradb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Drop Table
Date Wed, 18 Apr 2007 00:08:24 GMT
Mike Matrigali wrote:
> tbrazao wrote:
>> Hi,
>> i'm a new user of derby.
>> My question is about the ideia of sql : "drop table if exists ...".
>> I read some explanations in this forum, but i didn´t find answers to 
>> work in
>> sql line commander.
>> I know that derby doens't support this job, but i want to ensure that 
>> if an
>> table exists it is dropped. So i think we can use something like...
>> select count(*) from SYS.SYSTABLES where TABLENAME = tableName,
>> where tableName  could be an arg for an procedure,
>> but i don´t know how to relate this with an drop call. It was simple 
>> if we
>> have one "if" clause.
>> The problem is that i need to do this without java sintax, i know 
>> that seems
>> strange, but life it's strange and nobody cares about it...
>> If anyone could help, Thanks!
> Why not just drop the table and let derby return an error if it did 
> not exist?
>> And sorry my English!
You will need to use the Derby API (Java) to perform conditional 
processing like you describe.  The java code can be hidden from the 
end-users and invoked using IJ by storing it in the database and 
defining it as a procedure.  The procedure would take the table name, 
drop the table - it would catch and discard the exception thrown if the 
table does not exist. 

Example Java code that does something similar to this (checks for 
existance based on a select statement) can be found in the 10.2 Derby 
distribution in the method 'wwdChk4Table' defined in 'WwdUtils.java' in 
the folder: <DERBY_INSTALL>\demo\programs\workingwithderby.


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