Thanks everyone that was just the ticket :)

Off to read up on JOINs now...

Thanks again


-----Original Message-----
From: Dobromir Velev [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: 30 July 2001 08:42
To: Dave Watkinson; PHP-MySQL List
Subject: Re: [PHP-DB] Finding NoMatches in MySQL

I think this query should do the job

SELECT jobs.uid FROM jobs LEFT JOIN employers ON jobs.id1 = employers.uid
WHERE employers.uid is Null

Dobromir Velev

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Watkinson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: Monday, July 30, 2001 12:56 AM
Subject: [PHP-DB] Finding NoMatches in MySQL

>Hi all
>During the process of importing a lot of Oracle data into MySQL, I have two
>tables that are giving me a bit of a headache. One is a list of jobs and
>other is a list of employers. There's now a unique id for each table, and
>the job table also has a column called id1, which *should* correspond to
>With me so far?
>Well, the problem is that there were loads of duplications in the employers
>table, and after deleting the duplicates some of the jobs.id1 records now
>point to non-existing records.
>How do I do a query that does something like this...
>select jobs.uid from jobs where jobs.id1 not in employers.uid
>many thanks in advance!
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