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Que-What is the use of CASCADE CONSTRAINTS?

Ans-When this clause is used with the DROP command, a parent table can be dropped even when a child table exists.


create table primary1(roll int primary key,name varchar)
insert into primary1 values(1,'A')
insert into primary1 values(2,'B')
select * from primary1

create table foreign1(roll1 int references primary1(roll), address varchar(10))
insert into foreign1 values(1,'Delhi ')
insert into foreign1 values(2,'Fbd')
select * from foreign1

If i write DROP TABLE PRIMARY1,table cannot be dropped.Its right.

If i write drop table primary1 CASCADE, it means that primary1 table can be deleted even if it referenced by foreign1....... .....If i m not wrong.......

But the primary1 table is not deleting when i write drop table primary1 CASCADE,
ERROR is coming Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'CASCADE'.

Your Prompt Reply will be appreciated.
Mar 15 '08 #1
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Where did you get that answer? I believe CASCADE can be used in deleting records, not dropping the entire table.

Here's more.

-- CK
Mar 17 '08 #2
95 New Member
Dear CK ,i have read this from book navathe and from the site

http://www.careerencla ve.com/freshers-walkins.htm--> Then click on Right hand side-->database FAQs-->SQL interview Q&A - 2 -->Question No 11.

Read it & pleas reply
Mar 17 '08 #3
2,878 Recognized Expert Specialist
Here's the complete DROP TABLE syntax. I don't see any CASCADE on it.

I could be mistaken. He could be right.

-- CK
Mar 18 '08 #4

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