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garrett.moffitt (5/15/2013)

I have a table, Customer, with the CustomerID as an identity. I run this query:

select
customerID, count(city) as 'City'
into CustomerCities
from Customer
group by CustomerID
Does the CustomerCities table have a column with the identity property?


Maybe. Doesn't have to have one. So I'm not sure how one would give a definitive answer.
Could just have two int columns.

Of maybe it's has an identity with Identity_Insert set to on.
IF the customer ID from Customer are higher then that in Custmercities then it may be an Identity


You don't understand the question. The "into CustomerCities" creates a new table. The creation process has to set an identity or not set it. This isn't something you control with this statement.

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Nice question and good find of yet another error in BOL.

But the only reason I've ever grouped by an identity column was to find duplicates when some not very bright person had been misusing dbcc checkident, so I find this code very strange.

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So finally From which version of SQL server, Identity property is copied into new table eventhough if the query has a GROUP BY clause.

Then next question is it the intended behaviour of sql server or will it be changed in later versions?

These questions might have answered in earlier discussions itself , but i missed in the crowd.

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Dineshbabu (5/24/2013)
So finally From which version of SQL server, Identity property is copied into new table eventhough if the query has a GROUP BY clause.

Then next question is it the intended behaviour of sql server or will it be changed in later versions?

These questions might have answered in earlier discussions itself , but i missed in the crowd.

Nothing in the earlier discussions as far as I remember.

Logically, if identity property of a column is preserved then that should be independent of whether that column is subject of a group by clause or not, so I don't expect it to change. But also I don't care whether it changes or not because I never expect to use select into with group by an identity column.

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Dineshbabu (5/24/2013)
So finally From which version of SQL server, Identity property is copied into new table eventhough if the query has a GROUP BY clause.

Then next question is it the intended behaviour of sql server or will it be changed in later versions?

These questions might have answered in earlier discussions itself , but i missed in the crowd.

Nothing in the earlier discussions as far as I remember.

Logically, if identity property of a column is preserved then that should be independent of whether that column is subject of a group by clause or not, so I don't expect it to change. But also I don't care whether it changes or not because I never expect to use select into with group by an identity column.


Ok Tom..

Either it should be changed in BOL or in great SQL SERVER to avoid further confusions.

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