Marks records for deletion.
DELETE [Scope] [FOR lExpression1] [WHILE lExpression2] [IN nWorkArea | cTableAlias] [NOOPTIMIZE]
- Specifies a range of records to mark for deletion. The scope clauses are: ALL, NEXT nRecords, RECORD nRecordNumber, and REST.
For more information on scope clauses, see the Scope Clauses topic.
For more information on scope clauses, see the Overview of the Language topic.
The default scope for DELETE is the current record (NEXT 1).
- FOR lExpression1
- Specifies a condition whereby only the records that satisfy the logical condition lExpression1 are marked for deletion.
Rushmore optimizes a query created with DELETE ... FOR if lExpression1 is an optimizable expression and the table is indexed on DELETED( ). For best performance, use an optimizable expression in the FOR clause.
- WHILE lExpression2
- Specifies a condition whereby records are marked for deletion for as long as lExpression2 evaluates to true (.T.).
- IN nWorkArea
- Specifies the work area of the table in which records are marked for deletion.
- IN cTableAlias
- Specifies the alias of the table in which records are marked for deletion.
If you omit nWorkArea and cTableAlias, records are marked for deletion in the table in the currently selected work area.
- Disables Rushmore optimization of DELETE.
Records marked for deletion aren't physically removed from the table until PACK is issued. Records marked for deletion can be recalled (unmarked) with RECALL.
The following example opens the
customer table in the
testdata database. DELETE is used to mark all records for deletion where the
country field contains USA. All the records marked for deletion are displayed. RECALL ALL is used to unmark all the records marked for deletion.
CLOSE DATABASES OPEN DATABASE (HOME(2) + 'Data\testdata') USE customer && Opens Customer table DELETE FOR country = 'USA' && Mark for deletion CLEAR LIST FIELDS company, country FOR DELETED( ) && List marked records RECALL ALL && Unmark all records marked for deletion