WraithLux WraithLux - 1 year ago 96
MySQL Question

mysql: compare structure of two tables

I have a two tables. values inside them are not identical, but most of the strcuture is the same, one of the tables has some extra fields in them.
in a simplified form I have something like this:

|table_1| |table_2|
id id
name name
telephone telephone
email email

I would like to copy table_2 structore over to table_1 and set address and language as NULL. To do so, I need to explicitly set them to null which is not very good, because my real table is a mess (over 30 columns). I have only 4-5 new fields though, is there a way to just compare structure between two tables and see the difference? I would just add the new fields myself then.

Answer Source

The following (untested) SQL should give you a list of columns in both tables.
The columns in_table_1 and in_table_2 will contain 'Yes' if the column exists in that table.

select column_name
      ,max(case when table_name = 'table_1' then 'Yes' end) as in_table_1
      ,max(case when table_name = 'table_2' then 'Yes' end) as in_table_2
  from information_schema.columns
 where table_name in('table_1', 'table_2')
   and table_schema = 'your_database'
    by column_name
    by column_name;

You could add having count(*) = 1 to only return the columns that aren't in both tables.

You probably want to add datatypes as well. Have a look at the the INFORMATION_SCHEMA

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