Posted By: Anonymous
I’m trying to find out if a row exists in a table. Using MySQL, is it better to do a query like this:
SELECT COUNT(*) AS total FROM table1 WHERE ...
and check to see if the total is non-zero or is it better to do a query like this:
SELECT * FROM table1 WHERE ... LIMIT 1
and check to see if any rows were returned?
In both queries, the WHERE clause uses an index.
You could also try
SELECT EXISTS(SELECT * FROM table1 WHERE ...)
and per the documentation, you can
Traditionally, an EXISTS subquery starts with SELECT *, but it could
begin with SELECT 5 or SELECT column1 or anything at all. MySQL
ignores the SELECT list in such a subquery, so it makes no difference.