B.4.4.7 Solving Problems with No Matching Rows
If you have a complicated query that uses many tables but that returns no rows, you should use the following procedure to find out what is wrong:
Select only those columns that are used in the
Remove one table at a time from the query until it returns some rows. If the tables are large, it is a good idea to use
LIMIT 10with the query.
SELECTfor the column that should have matched a row against the table that was last removed from the query.
If you are comparing
DOUBLEcolumns with numbers that have decimals, you cannot use equality (
=) comparisons. This problem is common in most computer languages because not all floating-point values can be stored with exact precision. In some cases, changing the
DOUBLEfixes this. See Section B.4.4.8, “Problems with Floating-Point Values”.
If you still cannot figure out what is wrong, create a minimal test that can be run with
mysql test < query.sqlthat shows your problems. You can create a test file by dumping the tables with mysqldump --quick db_name
tbl_name_n> query.sql. Open the file in an editor, remove some insert lines (if there are more than needed to demonstrate the problem), and add your
SELECTstatement at the end of the file.
Verify that the test file demonstrates the problem by executing these commands:
shell> mysqladmin create test2 shell> mysql test2 < query.sql
Attach the test file to a bug report, which you can file using the instructions in Section 1.7, “How to Report Bugs or Problems”.