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Am adding the product sort cont and needed to upload the following sql:


ALTER TABLE products ADD `products_sort_order` INT(3);


INSERT INTO configuration (configuration_id, configuration_title, configuration_key, configuration_value, configuration_description, configuration_group_id, sort_order, last_modified, date_added, use_function, set_function) VALUES (263, 'Display Product Sort Order', 'PRODUCT_SORT_ORDER', '0', 'Do you want to display the Product Sort Order column?', 8, 29, '', '', NULL, NULL);


But i get the following error





ALTER TABLE products ADD `products_sort_order` INT( 3 )

MySQL said: 


#1060 - Duplicate column name 'products_sort_order'


What am i doing wrong i didnt change the orginal sql at all or do i need to?


Dont like phpmyadmin cause dont have a clue how it works and dont want to to ruin my site :(


Any help



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I'm far from a genius, let alone an SQL Genius so I'm hesitant to answer....


IMHO MySQL is telling you that there is already a column "products_sort_order" in the table "products". But you can easily check that with PHPMyAdmin yourself.


If that column is indeed already in the table, then I would say that you can run that SQL query without the ALTER .....INT(3); statement and be fine. Making a db-backup won't hurt of course ;-)

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In the admin section (/catalog/admin/) there is on the bottom right a link to "Tools" and backup. There you can make a backup of the database and restore it also if something goes wrong. From the top of my head I think you do have to manually (with FTP or something like that) make a backup directory (/catalog/admin/backups is I think the default). Has to writable and such for the webserver and perhaps you even have to put the name of the backup directory in /admin/includes/configure.php . Perhaps there is more information in the Knowledge Base, haven't checked.


Being able to backup the database is pretty important in my opinion...

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also, from a query window, you could just make a copy of the current table in the database.


select * into backup_products from products


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