Syntax Error near WHERE NOT EXIST


i search in stack but None of them had reached the final answer. My query is this :

INSERT INTO user (username,frequence,autoSend) VALUES('feri2','3','1') WHERE NOT EXISTS ( SELECT * FROM user WHERE username='feri2')

When run,I receive the syntax parsing error:

SQLSTATE[42000]: Syntax error or access violation: 1064 You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'WHERE NOT EXISTS ( SELECT * FROM user WHERE username='feri2')' at line 1

I don't know how I can fix it, where is the problem?


You need to change the syntax slightly, try the following:

INSERT INTO user (username,frequence,autoSend) SELECT * FROM (SELECT 'feri2','3','1') AS `values` WHERE NOT EXISTS ( SELECT username FROM user WHERE username='feri2' ) LIMIT 1;


If you don't want duplicate users, you should probably have a UNIQUE index on the username column. If you add that, then you can simply:

INSERT IGNORE INTO user (username,frequence,autoSend) VALUES('feri2','3','1')

If there is already a user 'feri2', then it will do nothing.


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