17.05 - Subqueries in a DELETE Statement - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Data Manipulation Language

Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
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Release Date
January 2021
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Programming Reference
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English (United States)

DELETE statement predicates can include subqueries that reference the delete target table, as well as other tables. The following DELETE statement is an example:

     DELETE FROM publisher
                FROM book
                WHERE book.pub_num=publisher.pub_num);

Two publishers have books in the library and two publishers do not.

The subquery executes once for each row of the outer reference, the publisher table. Because two publishers have no books in the library, the two rows that represent those publishers are deleted from the publisher table.

To modify this DELETE to use a noncorrelated subquery, change the subquery code to include all tables it references in its FROM clause.

     DELETE FROM publisher
                FROM book, publisher
                WHERE book.pub_num=publisher.pub_num);

When coded this way, the subquery predicate has a local defining reference, so the DELETE statement does not contain a correlated subquery. The count, determined once, is nonzero, so no rows are deleted.