What Is a Lost Update in Database Systems?

What Is a Lost Update in Database Systems?


When database transactions are executed, they are typically sequential and very dutifully update the data as expected. On occasion, transactions happen nearly simultaneously, which can lead to something called a lost update. A lost update may cause data within the database to be incorrect, which can lead to problems with normal operations, such as fulfilling customer orders.

What Is a Lost Update?

A lost update occurs when two different transactions are trying to update the same column on the same row within a database at the same time. Typically, one transaction updates a particular column in a particular row, while another that began very shortly afterward did not see this update before updating the same value itself. The result of the first transaction is then "lost," as it is simply overwritten by the second transaction.


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May 26, 2017 at 10:39AM


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