View Full Version : if doesnt exist then create, else just update

04-24-2012, 09:14 PM
hello everyone, im curious as to how i would go about writing a script that would create a row if it doesnt already exist, but if it does exist then just update that row.

What would be the best way to do this?



04-24-2012, 09:33 PM
We need more information on what you're trying to do. Are you looking to match like a username or what? Thanks

04-24-2012, 09:35 PM
thanks for the reply.

it would need to be constructed like this:

if ($strTitle) doesnt exit in table create row, elseif it does exist uodate "views" +1 where pagename = $strTitle

04-25-2012, 09:06 AM
something like INSERT INTO ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE ... ?

04-25-2012, 09:09 AM
could you elaborate a little more please, maybe with a small example, as ive never used this before.



04-25-2012, 09:10 AM
a whole explanation (http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/insert-on-duplicate.html)

04-25-2012, 09:12 AM
that is bang on exactly what i want :) thank you, ill report back with what i get and if it works or not :)

thanks once again :)


04-25-2012, 11:20 AM
ok, so ive looked into it, and ive wrote it like this, however, it neither inserts, nor updates :S

mysql_query("INSERT INTO pageviews (pagename,views) VALUES ($strTitle,0) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE views=views+1");

have i gone wrong somewhere?

04-25-2012, 03:26 PM
ive tried the above mysql_query (from my previous post) on a couple of different pages, however i have still not managed to get it to work, any ideas why? am i doing it wrong?

04-26-2012, 05:45 PM
Hmm I believe you need single quotes in the values. I code these differently, but in this format, try:

mysql_query("INSERT INTO pageviews (pagename,views) VALUES ('$strTitle','0') ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE views=views+1");

04-26-2012, 06:48 PM
you need the quotes for the string value, integers are used without.

mysql_query("INSERT INTO pageviews (pagename, views) VALUES ('$strTitle', 0) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE views=views+1");

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