I have a database of which the following are the main tables: client, cards, dependants and main address. The database has about 400,000 records, and I want to find any duplicate clients that the database has. Client has forename, surname and date of birth, and I want to search on these fields, but I don't know how to start the loop or maybe subquery. I have no problem with joins.
The following statement should show you duplicate rows. If you want to delete the records, just change the SELECT * to DELETE.
SELECT * FROM mytable t WHERE t.rowid > (SELECT MIN(t1.rowid) FROM mytable t1 WHERE t.forename=t1.forename AND t.surname=t1.surname AND t.dob=t1.dob) ;
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