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Update SQL with changing keyfield value

Have you ever come across this problem? You want to update a keyfield in a file that contains multiple keyfields. It is quiet easy until the SQL-statement won't result in a duplicate key error. Here's the statement to bypass:

 Update Filename f1
set Keyvalue2 = Keyvalue2 + 1
where 0 = 
  (Select count(*)
     from filename f2
    where f2.Keyvalue1 = f1.Keyvalue1
      and f2.Keyvalue2 = f1.Keyvalue1+1)

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This was first published in July 2002

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