Yep. ORDER BY applies to the entire output data set (i.e. both SELECTs).

You could add an additional field to your SELECTs and ORDER BY to act as a
group number. That would insure that everything in SELECT #1 would show up
before SELECT #2, but within each group they would all be sorted the same.

Richard

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[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Stone, Joel
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 5:25 PM
To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: SQL UNION and ORDER BY

I would like to have a

SELECT with an ORDER BY

And UNION this to another SELECT without an order by.

Is this possible?

It seems that SQL requires the ORDER BY to sort the entire result file.

Thanks



select fieldnames
FROM fileA

ORDER BY field1, field2



UNION all

SELECT
More field names
FROM from

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