Question: How do I find the last row
inserted? I have been trying the following:
Answer: The query you are trying
will return results but not the ones you intend.
The rowid for a
given row is a physical address and in no way indicates the order
of insertion into the table.
The only way to find the last row is to have a
date or timestamp field that is populated by
sysdate at the time of insertion and select the max value of
The following example shows how to query for the
latest entry, when last_row is populated by sysdate
at the time of insertion:
insert into mytab (vehicle_id, last_row) 123,
Oracle does not insert rows in any particular order, and rows are
inserted based on the next free block in the table's tablespace.
Hence, you need to procedurally mark the "first", "next" or "last"
rows in a table.
Also, see my notes on finding
the top "n" rows
in a table and the
"top 10" rows.
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