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Recently I was given a MySQL DB that included a field named time-taken, which caused errors when used in a select because of the minus sign.

In this case I was able to rename the field, but for future reference how can field names be quoted or escaped in a MySQL query?

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Put the field in backticks.

SELECT * from `table` WHERE `int` = 0

Here's the reference page.

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That would be the one type of quote I didn't try :-) –  DrStalker Mar 19 '10 at 3:33
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