Wrong result (NULL instead of a value) with no matching rows, subquery in FROM and HAVING

Bug #1008773 reported by Elena Stepanova on 2012-06-04
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
MariaDB
Fix Released
Medium
Timour Katchaounov

Bug Description

The following query

SELECT MAX(a), ( SELECT 1 FROM t2 ) AS bb FROM t1

with 0 rows in t1 and 1 row in t2 produces NULL, NULL on maria/5.3 and maria/5.5. Same happens if t1 is not empty, but the outer SELECT has an impossible WHERE condition. t2 can have more rows too, in which case a subquery should use an aggregate function, e.g. SUM.

The same query without t2 produces NULL, 1;
SELECT MAX(a), ( SELECT 1 ) AS bb FROM t1

maria-5.1, maria-5.2, mysql-5.1, mysql-5.5, mysql-trunk, postgres-8.4.7 return NULL, 1 for both queries.

Reproducible with MyISAM and Aria, but not InnoDB.
Reproducible with the default optimizer_switch as well as with all OFF values (except for in_to_exists required to execute the query).

EXPLAIN (with in_to_exists=on, everything else OFF):

id select_type table type possible_keys key key_len ref rows filtered Extra
1 PRIMARY t1 system NULL NULL NULL NULL 0 0.00 const row not found
2 SUBQUERY t2 system NULL NULL NULL NULL 1 100.00
Warnings:
Note 1003 select max(NULL) AS `MAX(a)`,(select 1 from dual) AS `bb` from `test`.`t1`

# Test case:

SET optimizer_switch='in_to_exists=on';

CREATE TABLE t1 (a INT) ENGINE=MyISAM;
CREATE TABLE t2 (b INT) ENGINE=MyISAM;
INSERT INTO t2 VALUES (1);

# Either t1 is empty, or SELECT has an impossible condition.
# Either t2 has 1 row, or an aggregate function, e.g. SUM, is used in the subquery.

SELECT MAX(a), ( SELECT 1 FROM t2 ) AS bb FROM t1;

# End of test case

# Expected result:
#
# MAX(a) bb
# NULL 1

# Actual result:
#
# MAX(a) bb
# NULL NULL

Related branches

Elena Stepanova (elenst) on 2012-06-04
summary: Wrong result (NULL instead of a value) with no matching rows, subquery
- in FROM and HAVING; crash on 5.2
+ in FROM and HAVING
Elena Stepanova (elenst) on 2012-06-04
description: updated
Changed in maria:
status: New → In Progress
Changed in maria:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Sergey Petrunia (sergefp) wrote :

Reviewing...

Changed in maria:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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