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concat: Adding string at the end of a field data

We can append a string or data to an existing data of a field by using concat function of MySQL. Here we are not updating or replacing an existing data with new one, we are just adding the string at the end of the field data.

For example we want to add site signature at the end of the comments posted by users. Here each user posts are different so we can't apply any update command so we will use concat to add the site signature to the each post kept inside a record field in our update command.

Here is the syntax
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concat(field_name,"string to add")

Now let us see how it is used in a MySQL table query.

update photo_img set dtl=concat(dtl,'site_data to add') where gal_id='22'

The above command will add the string site_data to add at the end of each record dtl field for which gal_id is equal to 22

If we will not use Where condition in sql then all the records will be changed with concat query.

Try to change some part of the data by using replace command. Try to understand difference between replace and concat.

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mroz06-02-2009
I tried but it didn't work. Which version of MySQL did you try? Mine is 4.2
smo06-02-2009
What is the error message you are getting? Are you getting message saying function concat does not exit ?
Ramya06-11-2009
it did work but not in the way i wanted.It was wacky it updated by id field.I mentioned the column name and string to append and but it updated by id field. i have no idea.
Jim19-01-2010
This only works if the value of the field is not NULL.... FYI ;)
Neeraj18-03-2010
CONCAT_WS() is the inbuilt function to come out of this issue. Example: update test_user set descrip = concat_ws(' ',descrip, 'SECOND') where Id=2
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