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Is there a way of stopping DEFAULT TIMESTAMP columns from updating the timestamp when you perform an UPDATE statement?

We need to run an update statement on a table to fix up some data, however we don't want that update to be reflected by the UpdatedAt default timestamp column.

asked 07 Mar '12, 17:53

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Nick Brooks
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You can just include the column with a value in your update statement:

Update table set UpdatedAt ='2012-01-01'

Will change the value to the 1st January...

you can even do something like this:

Update table set UpdatedAt = UpdatedAt, ...

This will leave the value as before

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answered 08 Mar '12, 02:59

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edited 08 Mar '12, 03:01

Just to add: The method Martin has shown does work that way since a DEFAULT TIMESTAMP is a default (though a particular one), and you can always overwrite a column default value simply by specifying a value for the column...

We use the "set UpdatedAt = UpdatedAt" form regularly to prevent such meaningful timestamps from getting updated when doing "maintenance tasks".

(08 Mar '12, 03:45) Volker Barth
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Don't tell the auditors... :)

(08 Mar '12, 08:30) Breck Carter

Well, the TRANSLOG will tell:)

(08 Mar '12, 08:51) Volker Barth
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