I'm writing my custom module. I use the modules Statuses and 'fbss_comments' (part of the Statuses module). Comments are used to comment on statuses.

Using the following code I get a list of results:

 $query = db_select("statuses", "thread")->distinct();
        $query->join("fbss_comments", "comment", "comment.sid = thread.sid");
        $query->fields("thread", array("sid", "sender", "created", "message"));
        $query->fields("comment", array("created"));
        $query->orderBy("comment.created", "DESC");
        $result = $query->execute();

Now the list of results will be sorted by the most recent posted status. I want to achieve the following: sort the result list by statuses with the most recent comments

Some clarification: normally status(100) will be shown above status(30). When I comment on status(30), status(30) should be shown above status(100). On top of this, when I create a new status(101), this status should be shown on top of the result list.

I hope my goal is clear to you, sadly, I have no idea how to achieve this.

Any advice or help is much appreciated

edit: I've managed to order the results by the most recent commented statuses, however, if a status has 9 comments, the status is shown 9 times. Any advice why/how this happens?

edit 2: I probably should use ->distinct(), I've added it after the db select statement, but this doesn't work (probably because I select two tables)

  • It's hard to answer your question without seeing the new code, you created. If you create SQL fiddle with test data and your request, it will be very helpful.
    – user4035
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 21:41
  • "if a status has 9 comments, the status is shown 9 times. Any advice why/how this happens?" It happens, because you created a query, fetching the data from 2 related tables. And it returns all the corresponding rows from both tables.
    – user4035
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 22:14
  • Why are you fetching sid field twice: once from the 1-st table, then from the 2-nd table?
    – user4035
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 22:16
  • good question, now I only select 'created' from the fbss_comments table. Doesn't make any visual difference though. If distinct the right approach to make sure a status is only shown once? thanks for your help so far btw. Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 22:33

1 Answer 1


You have a classical case, that requires using 'HAVING' SQL operator. Suppose, we have 2 related tables:

| table1 |
|   id   |
|    1   |
|    2   |

table2.f_id is the FK for table1.id

|         table2        |
|     id | f_id | order |
|      1 |    1 |     1 |
|      2 |    1 |     2 |
|      3 |    2 |     3 |
|      4 |    2 |     4 |

And you want to get all the records from table1 with MAX of the related table2.order. And sort them by table2.order. You must use this SQL to get the data:

  table1.id AS id1,
  table2.id AS id2,
    table2.order DESC

And you will get:

| id | id1 | order |
|  2 |   3 |     3 |
|  1 |   1 |     1 |


Converting this SQL to Drupal, we'll get this:

$query = db_select("table1");
$query->innerJoin("table2", NULL, "table1.id=table2.f_id");
$query->addField("table1", "id", "id1");
$query->addField("table2", "id", "id2");
$query->addField("table2", "order", "order_field");

$query->orderBy("table2.order", "DESC");
$result = $query->execute();
while($row = $result->fetchAssoc())

So, for your case, this query must work:

$query = db_select("statuses", "thread");
$query->innerJoin("fbss_comments", "comment", "comment.sid = thread.sid");
$query->fields("thread", array("sid", "sender", "created", "message"));
$query->fields("comment", array("created"));

$query->orderBy("comment.created", "DESC");
$result = $query->execute();
  • thanks a lot for your extensive answer, I'll test it within a few hours and report back. Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 11:05
  • hmm sorry but it's not correct, now I only get statuses with comments (of course, join..). I need to show all statuses, and sort by most recent comments on statuses + most recent status. So either the latest status is on top or the status with the latest comment. this is really hard.. :( shouldn't we use outer join / union? Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 18:10
  • @MaartenHartman It's hard to answer without seeing, what is the data and what result does the request produce. Plz, create a fiddle.
    – user4035
    Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 20:05
  • 1
    @MaartenHartman IF you still can't fix it, I can come to char for a while.
    – user4035
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 11:51
  • thank you so much for your help mate. I've decided to solve this in a much easier way: I will just update the timestamp of the status when a comment has been posted to it. In this way I will achieve the same result in a very simple way :) thanks again. Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 8:34

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