When trashing a post, also trash related comments so here is what i want, what‘s’ the sql Command

I want to move some post to trash according their ID, what is the sql command,I can restore these post and their comments using sql command

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I would discourage using raw SQL for moving a post to a trash or back, especially since there's a build in function for it:

wp_trash_post( $post_id  ); 

More about the wp_trash_post() function.

The opposite is:

wp_untrash_post( $post_id  );

wp_untrash_post() also untrashes trashed comments.

In WP there are functions for many things - for instance you can trash/untrash only comments, leaving the post alone - in that case use: wp_untrash_post_comments() and wp_trash_post_comments().

  • when i run wp_trash_post($87); it show wrong message in sql command “mysql> wp_trash_post($87); ERROR 1064 (42000): You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'wp_trash_post($87)' at line 1” Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 15:30
  • This is a command that you need to run from within the wordpress files having administrator rights, I didn't know you want to run this scripts in the mysql terminal and that is a different story.
    – Picard
    Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 17:29
  • if want to run this scripts in the mysql terminal ,how? Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 2:29
  • But why would you like to do it in the raw SQL? If you analyze the WP source there are many conditions and dependencies to take care of when un/trashing comments/posts in some cases this could be more than a one simple SQL command. If you'd like to do it from the command line but not exactly from MySQL you can check the WP CLI system - command line interface for WP - for instance here is how to untrash comments
    – Picard
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 6:51

Sql Command for trashed a post with comments for that post:

$post_status = 'trash';
$post_array = '1, 2, 3'; //post_ids comma separated

              wp_posts.post_status= %s,   
              wp_comments.comment_approved= %s                    
              wp_posts.ID = wp_comments.comment_post_ID AND  
              wp_posts.ID IN ( $post_array )",           

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