Subject RE: [firebird-support] Best update of DB schema technique
Author Rick Debay

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of myles@...
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 2:30 PM
Subject: [firebird-support] Best update of DB schema technique

I recently posted about this question and was directed to a number of
tool products that might help, but I have a feeling that its more about
technique than tools.

I have a database that is being developed on a Linux development server.
Separate to this, I have a Linux test server where users are testing the
PHP application that works with the database. I'm attempting to do
nightly updates of the test application & database schema changes to
coincide with test reports coming back from my testers.

I can update the PHP application pages with no issue. However since my
users have created a lot of test data, I need to be able to update the
database schema without affecting the data in the tables. I'm not an
expert in SQL databases and how to do this, but I believe that I can do
it with ALTER commands, etc. The problem is that I have 20+ tables in
this database, and about 100 stored procedures, so all aspects of the
database could change between updates.

What is the best way to update the 'delta' between databases, but
protect the data stored in the tables from being deleted out?


Myles Wakeham
Director of Engineering
Tech Solutions US, Inc.
Scottsdale, Arizona USA
Phone (480) 451-7440

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