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Joshua Elkino
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Joined: Jul 24, 2007
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I think this is a simple question, but how do i check which table a foreign key refers to in mysql?

If i use describe tablename then i can see there is a key, but not sure what its refering to. I just want to verify i correctly mapped this in hibernate.

mysql> describe attendedlistent_userent;
Paul Sturrock

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You can get at this sort of data by querying the database's catalog directly (refer to the MySQL documentation for the appropriate tables) or a better way is to query the DatabaseMetaData (this way your solution is not tied to one database version).

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Joshua Elkino
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Scott Selikoff
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Hi Ilya,

That's database specific though, it won't work on all systems. Paul's suggestion of using the JDBC meta data classes is preferable if you're implementing the method as part of a code base. For example, if you need to check from within the application while its running.

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