Dealing with SQL files

SQL basics

If you are not confident with the SQL language, we suggest to read this tutorial before starting.

Also remember to:

  • always use UPDATE in order to change the value of fields of existing rows

  • use INSERT in order to insert new rows only, but be sure to avoid import errors using DELETE before INSERT

  • whenever possible, try to make your query re-executable (the same query can run twice without error) e.g. deleting before inserting

  • surround any table or field name with backticks, and string values with single quotes, example:

UPDATE `table_name` SET `field_I_want_to_change` = 'new string value' WHERE `entry` = 10 ;

Write compact code

Compact code helps to keep the size of our SQL update files small, so installing/updating the ACDB will be faster.



INSERT INTO `table_1` VALUES (1000, ...);
INSERT INTO `table_1` VALUES (2000, ...);
INSERT INTO `table_1` VALUES (3000, ...);


(1000, ...),
(2000, ...),
(3000, ...);



UPDATE `table_1` SET `field_1` = 'someValue' WHERE `entry` = 1000;
UPDATE `table_1` SET `field_1` = 'someValue' WHERE `entry` = 2000;
UPDATE `table_1` SET `field_1` = 'someValue' WHERE `entry` = 3000;


UPDATE `table_1` SET `field_1` = 'someValue' WHERE `entry` IN (1000, 2000, 3000);



DELETE FROM `table_1` WHERE `entry` = 1000;
DELETE FROM `table_1` WHERE `entry` = 2000;
DELETE FROM `table_1` WHERE `entry` = 3000;


DELETE FROM `table_1` WHERE `entry` IN (1000, 2000, 3000);

How to create an sql update file

This kind of procedure is pretty simple and allow any kind of dev, but also testers, to avoid multiple import of the same queries.

We can proceed by steps:

  1. Go into data/sql/updates and choose the pending folder corresponding to the database you apply your SQL to (pending_db_auth or pending_db_characters or pending_db_world).

  2. Run the script with your bash console. On Windows: Use git bash (right click on the file). On Unix/Linux/OSX: run it from the terminal directly or with “bash” or execute it with a double click.

  3. Now you’ll have a file called rev_[a_long_number].sql , you can open it and add your queries into.

  4. Commit with Git and push to github. Follow our tutorial to create a Pull Request.

This feature grants you ( dev / tester / user ) to:

  • create PR without going crazy with the alter table header, but avoiding multiple imports
  • avoid wrong order of updates
  • avoid data inconsistency if an sql generates an error