I am using the following code to query an ECK entity.

$query = \Drupal::database()->select('object__field_amount', 'f');
$query->fields('f', array('object__field_amount_value'));
$query->addExpression('MAX(object__field_amount_value)', 'maxvalue');

It raises the following exception.

Drupal\Core\Entity\EntityStorageException: SQLSTATE[42000]: Syntax error or access violation: 1064 You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MariaDB server version for the right syntax to use near 'maxvalue FROM object__field_amount f'

I've tried multiple other options, without result.

How do I avoid the code raises an exception?

1 Answer 1


MAXVALUE is a reserved word in MySQL (Maria). Change maxvalue to topvalue or something else.

  • Yes, MAXVALUE is the issue here. I think you can remove the "looks like". :-)
    – mradcliffe
    Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 14:15
  • Dear god, this was it, would have probably never found it myself. Thanks!
    – pjcarly
    Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 14:22

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