destructive "SELECT" query for SQL?

Ken Ray kray at
Mon Oct 7 20:02:20 EDT 2013

Can't you just do an UPDATE query right after your SELECT and clear the column?

Ken Ray
Sons of Thunder Software

> On Oct 6, 2013, at 5:05 PM, "Dr. Hawkins" <dochawk at> wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM, Peter Haworth <pete at> wrote:
>> Not sure I fully understand but you can use the literal NULL in a SELECT
>> statement, eg SELECT col1,col2,NULL FROM.....
> I create a record in a sqlite :memory:, and give it a tentative id (a
> negative number).  It is conceivable that a couple of these accumulate
> before synchronizing with the remote/master db.
> I insert this information into the master, which causes a serial number to
> be assigned on the primary index.
> As part of the same transaction, I have a select which pulls this id back.
> I use a field not used for this type of data to store a unique identifier
> for the running program and the temporary id, allowing me to map the
> universal uniq id to the in-memory database.
> After the SELECT that brings this back, I would like that field to be
> emptied in the postgres database.
> At the moment, on the readback, I just leave an in-memory marker so that it
> will wipe the field next time there is a a contact with the remote db, but
> it would be nice to get it from the same transaction.
> The funky INSERT I was thinking about would happen as something like
>   INSERT INTO masterDb (myData,)  VALUES ("abc123") RETURNING
> (serialNumber, -7)
> where -7 was my temporary tag.
> The problem is that if I follow this with a SELECT, even if UNION
> compatible, I don't seem to get the return value.
> (again, for those joining late, the lag of the remote transaction is
> presumed to be the "expensive" part of the transaction)
> -- 
> Dr. Richard E. Hawkins, Esq.
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