I think the following may solve your problem.

alter table patients change id id mediumint (9) default 0 not null primary
key auto_increment;

On Thu, 17 Jan 2002, Phil Schwarzmann wrote:

> I have an exsisting table without any rows.  I tried to add a new column
> to it and make it an "auto increment" column.  But when I do I get
> this...
> ALTER TABLE patients CHANGE  id id MEDIUMINT (9) DEFAULT   not null
> MySQL said: You have an error in your SQL syntax near '' at line 1
> ..what did i do wrong?
> Thanks!

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