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well lets say I have four records in a table:



Name Address Eff_date

A Lane D 25-09-2007

A Lane K 24-06-2006

A Lane P 23-05-2007

A Lane Z 24-08-2007



I would like to remove every record for A except one with max date. What would the sql look like?

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Hi ,



I would prob create a working table to start the ID's of the records witht he Max dates for each change in the name.



I would then delete from the Main table where the ID's are not in the Working table.



Does this make sense?

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The easiest way is to join the table to itself.



Delete from MyTable

from MyTable t1

left outer join (Select Distinct Name, Max(Eff_Date)

From MyTable

Group By Name) t2

on t1.Name = t2.Name

Where t1.Eff_Date <> t2.Eff_Date



Basically, the WHERE clause says "Delete it all where it doesn't match the JOIN conditions above".



Or something similar to that. You'll want to play with this in a Dev environment first before you deploy it to production. Especially as you're deleting data.

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Try this





with cte

as (select row_number() over(partition by name order by Eff_date desc) as rn

from mytable)

delete from cte

where rn>1

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