JasonDavis JasonDavis - 4 months ago 10
MySQL Question

How can I avoid getting this MySQL error Incorrect column specifier for column COLUMN NAME?

How can I avoid getting this MySQL error Incorrect column specifier for column topic_id ?

MySQL Error...

#1063 - Incorrect column specifier for column 'topic_id'


SQL Schema...

CREATE TABLE discussion_topics (
topic_id char(36) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
project_id char(36) NOT NULL,
topic_subject VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
topic_content TEXT default NULL,
date_created DATETIME NOT NULL,
date_last_post DATETIME NOT NULL,
created_by_user_id char(36) NOT NULL,
last_post_user_id char(36) NOT NULL,
posts_count char(36) default NULL,
PRIMARY KEY (topic_id)
) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8 AUTO_INCREMENT=1;

Answer

To use AUTO_INCREMENT you need to deifne column as INT or floating-point types, not CHAR.

AUTO_INCREMENT use only unsigned value, so it's good to use UNSIGNED as well;

CREATE TABLE discussion_topics (

     topic_id INT NOT NULL unsigned AUTO_INCREMENT,
     project_id char(36) NOT NULL,
     topic_subject VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
     topic_content TEXT default NULL,
     date_created DATETIME NOT NULL,
     date_last_post DATETIME NOT NULL,
     created_by_user_id char(36) NOT NULL,
     last_post_user_id char(36) NOT NULL,
     posts_count char(36) default NULL,
     PRIMARY KEY (topic_id) 
) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8 AUTO_INCREMENT=1;
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