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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2001

    referential constraints

    I am attempting to delete rows from a set of 5 tables. Their relationships are:

    Table 3,4,5 reference Table 2;
    Table 2 references Table 1;

    Even though I have ON DELETE CASCADE set, it seems to take forever to delete rows in the parent table Table 1. So I am thinking about deleting the corresponding rows in Table 3,4,5 and then Table 2. They all seem to be OK. But when I tried to delete the rows from Table 1, it takes "forever". I suspect even though I've deleted all the Table 2 rows that may reference the rows to be deleted in Table 1, it still checks for Table 2 for any rows that may reference Table 1. In this case, obviously no rows left in Table 2 to be deleted as a result of cascade deletion. Does that mean I have to disable the referential constraint so it won't check Table 2 when I delete rows from Table 1?

    Better yet, is there a better way to delete rows in a parent table when ON DELETE CASCADE is on?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Bangalore ( India )
    Better thing wud be to disable the key nad delete from table1...

    delete the records in table2 where referencing key not in table1's refernce key...

    so goes for table3,4,5.


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  3. #3
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    Aug 2002
    Colorado Springs
    your fk columns are indexed, aren't they?
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