[CLUG-tech] SQL Query Question

Michael Wood michael at frogfoot.com
Tue Dec 18 23:50:36 SAST 2007

On Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 10:49:14PM +0200, Chris Meistre wrote:
> Hi there,
> I have a table with more than 900,000 entries in.
> table1
> url
> text
> I also have another table that I put values about table1's info.
> table2
> url
> moretext
> For various reasons I cannot put the data together in one table, and 
> need to use 2 tables.   Once I do something to the values I put them in 
> table2.  And then I don't touch it again.
> To select the elements I haven't scanned yet I use the following query:
> select * from table1 where url not in (select url from table2);
> This gives me all the rows in table1 that haven't been put into table2.  
> Now, this works but takes ages to run.   Can anyone help me with a 
> better, quicker query?

Try this:

SELECT a.url, a.txt FROM table1 AS a LEFT JOIN table2 AS b ON a.url = b.url WHERE b.url IS NULL;

Michael Wood <michael at frogfoot.com>

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