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Recursive Update Query for SQL server


I have a table with id and name as column like below.
Id Name
0 a
0 b
0 C

table can have n rows. All n rows contain 0 as id. Now I want to update table such as id column increment like 1,2,3 ,4 for every row.
I want to do that in single update statement without using cursor or any loop.
How can I do that?

Please give me amswer.
Aug 25 '08 #1
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As far as I know you can't turn on auto increment on a table that looks like that you'd have to do something like:

Step 1:
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  1. sp_rename 'TableName', 'TableName_old';
Step 2:
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  1. CREATE TABLE [TableName] (Id INT IDENTITY, Name VARCHAR(50));
  2. INSERT INTO TableName (Name)
  3.     SELECT Name from TableName_old;
Aug 31 '08 #2
Thanks for your reply,
But I want to do it in a single update statement. Not by using identity column. Hint I got is we have to use "Recursion". But I am not getting how to use recursion concept over here.
Sep 1 '08 #3

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