## RE: SQL question

• From: Stephane Faroult <sfaroult@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
• To: "'Stephane Faroult '" <sfaroult@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, "''oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ''" <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "''geraldine_2@xxxxxxxxxxx ''" <geraldine_2@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Freeman Robert - IL <FREEMANR@xxxxxxxx>
• Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 18:32:43 +0100

``` Many people have made the right diagnosis (duplicates), but I believe the
solution to be wrong (distinct).
I typed too fast and it should have been :
select least(a, b) a, greatest(a, b) b
from mytable
where a <= b

Regards,

Stephane Faroult

RoughSea Ltd
http://www.roughsea.com

On Fri, 3 Dec 2004 11:10 , Freeman Robert - IL <FREEMANR@xxxxxxxx> sent:

Think you need a distinct in there, yes?

select distinct least(a, b) a, greatest(a, b) b
from my_table
where least(a, b) <= greatest(a, b);

Otherwise you get dupes, which he didn't have in his sample output.

RF

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: 12/3/2004 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: SQL question

select least(a, b) a,

greatest(a, b) b

from my_table

where least(a, b) <= greatest(a, b)

Assuming of course that the table isn't in the multi-million range.

Regards,

Stephane Faroult

RoughSea Ltd
http://www.roughsea.com[4]

On Fri, 03 Dec 2004 16:37 , geraldine_2@xxxxxxxxxxx[5] sent:

Hi,
I have the following table below

SQL> select * FRom mytable;
A B
---------- ----------
1 2
3 4
2 1
5 6
4 3

5 rows selected.

and I like to get the following output:

A B
---------- ----------
1 2
3 4
5 6

basically (1,2) is the same as (2,1) and I would just like to display
any of
those combination just once.

Not sure how I can write a SQL to extract the data. Can someone help.

TIA.

Geraldine
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