firstOrCreate/New with MySQL operators

Posted 10 months ago by bcharron

I am trying to use the firstOrCreate or firstOrNew Eloquent methods to find a record in the database by a column in a given table. I'd like to use the like MySQL operator to search for records that do not 100% match the current entry. From what I can tell, these methods only allow for the column and the value with no special operators. Is there a way to use these methods how I have described?

Here is an example of what I would like to do (does not work currently)

$dma = Dma::firstOrCreate(
    ['name', 'like', "%$market%"]
);

The above code produces the following error:

SQLSTATE[42S22]: Column not found: 1054 Unknown column '0' in 'where clause' (SQL: select * from column where (0 = name and 1 = like and 2 = %Market%) limit 1)

I understand that this error occurs because the array is not formed properly for the firstOrCreate method, but is there a way to make this work or an alternative that will accomplish what I am looking to do?

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