Getting the following error on production environment when trying to add a new Field.

CDbCommand failed to execute the SQL statement: SQLSTATE[42S01]: Base table or view already exists: 1050 Table 'redacted' already exists

Anyone have any idea what could be causing this?

  • Is it a Matrix field you're trying to add and is the handle redacted? If so, does a table named redacted already exist in the database?
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 19:59
  • Hey @BradBell, Just a regular Plain Text field (not Matrix). I just put "redacted" in there because the table contained info that made the hosting environment evident. It actually says: Table '[name-of-hosting-provider]/#sql-ib450' already exists. Not sure what the 'sql-ib450' is all about. Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 20:04
  • Weird... can you enabled devMode then share the full stack trace leading up to the error? Wondering if a plugin is getting involved. Craft won't create a new table for a Plain Text field.
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 20:07
  • Sure thing @BradBell - where will I find the log you are looking for? This is on production so I want to limit the time the [devMode] is in the title tags. It's worth noting that I CANNOT replicate this issue on my local or development environments. Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 20:20
  • You could conditionally enable devMode from your IP address in craft/config/general.php... something like if ($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] == '') { 'devMode' => true }
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Oct 10, 2017 at 21:33

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This turned out to be an issue with the mysql server itself, not a Craft CMS issue at all.

It appears that during a previous field addition, the database server crashed and left hanging temporary files that didn't match with the database itself.

Spun up a new database, copied the DB over and everything worked as expected.

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