Huzaifa Huzaifa - 3 months ago 12
SQL Question

Manually specify starting value for Row_Number()

I want to define the start of

ROW_NUMBER()
as
3258170
instead of
1
.

I am using the following SQL query

SELECT ROW_NUMBER() over(order by (select 3258170)) as 'idd'.


However, the above query is not working. When I say not working I mean its executing but its not starting from
3258170
. Can somebody help me?

The reason I want to specify the row number is I am inserting Rows from one table to another. In the first Table the last record's row number is
3258169
and when I insert new records I want them to have the row number from
3258170
.

Answer

Just add the value to the result of row_number():

select 3258170 - 1 + row_number() over (order by (select NULL)) as idd

The order by clause of row_number() is specifying what column is used for the order by. By specifying a constant there, you are simply saying "everything has the same value for ordering purposes". It has nothing, nothing at all to do with the first value chosen.

To avoid confusion, I replaced the constant value with NULL. In SQL Server, I have observed that this assigns a sequential number without actually sorting the rows -- an observed performance advantage, but not one that I've seen documented, so we can't depend on it.

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