GATE | GATE-CS-2014-(Set-1) | Question 65
Given the following statements:
S1: A foreign key declaration can always be replaced by an equivalent check assertion in SQL. S2: Given the table R(a,b,c) where a and b together form the primary key, the following is a valid table definition. CREATE TABLE S ( a INTEGER, d INTEGER, e INTEGER, PRIMARY KEY (d), FOREIGN KEY (a) references R)
Which one of the following statements is CORRECT?
(A) S1 is TRUE and S2 is FALSE.
(B) Both S1 and S2 are TRUE.
(C) S1 is FALSE and S2 is TRUE.
(D) Both S1 and S2 are FALSE.
Explanation: Check assertions are not sufficient to replace foreign key. Foreign key declaration may have cascade delete which is not possible by just check insertion.
Using a check condition we can have the same effect as Foreign key while adding elements to the child table. But when we delete an element from the parent table the referential integrity constraint is no longer valid. So, a check constraint cannot replace a foreign key.
So, we cannot replace it with a single check.
S2: Given the table R(a,b,c) where a and b together form the primary key, the following is a valid table definition. CREATE TABLE S ( a INTEGER, d INTEGER, e INTEGER, PRIMARY KEY (d), FOREIGN KEY (a) references R)
Foreign key in one table should uniquely identifies a row of other table. In above table definition, table S has a foreign key that refers to field ‘a’ of R. The field ‘a’ in table S doesn’t uniquely identify a row in table R.
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