Instead of incrementing to find the next row to count them, you dont have to
set the ID if it is auto increment. MySQL will do it for you (and i think it
might fill the holes too). Also, to get the num. of rows just do this -
$get_rows = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM `table`");
$num_rows = mysql_num_rows($get_rows);
"Georgie Casey" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
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> my primary key column ("id") is set to auto_increment as usual which is
> handy. But when I delete a row, the auto_increment just keeps incrementing
> and there's this 'hole' left where I deleted the row!
> Apart from this looking ugly, it poses another problem. In my PHP script
> where I can add new rows, I query the table, checking how many rows in the
> table altogether and set the new id as the next number, but this doesnt
> if theres 'holes' in the id field, as the new record tries to overwrite
> another id.
> So I've 2 questions
> 1) Can the next auto_increment value be 'set' by a SQL query????
> 2) Can I get a SQL query to INSERT INTO the first 'hole' it finds in the
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