Illes Peter Illes Peter - 4 months ago 26
SQL Question

SELECT last id, without INSERT

I'm trying to retrieve the id of one table A to insert into another table B. I cannot use last_insert_id() as i have not inserted anything into A. Any ideas on how to do this nicely?

$n = mysql_query("SELECT max(id) FROM tablename");
doesn't seem to work, nor does

$n = mysql_query("SELECT max(id) FROM tablename GROUP BY id");

Answer

In MySQL, this does return the highest value from the id column:

SELECT MAX(id) FROM tablename;

However, this does not put that id into $n:

$n = mysql_query("SELECT max(id) FROM tablename");

To get the value, you need to do this:

$result = mysql_query("SELECT max(id) FROM tablename");

if (!$result) {
    die('Could not query:' . mysql_error());
}

$id = mysql_result($result, 0, 'id');

If you want to get the last insert ID from A, and insert it into B, you can do it with one command:

INSERT INTO B (col) SELECT MAX(id) FROM A;
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