MySQL LIKE IN()?

My current query looks like this:

SELECT * FROM fiberbox f WHERE f.fiberBox LIKE '%1740 %' OR f.fiberBox LIKE '%1938 %' OR f.fiberBox LIKE '%1940 %'

I did some looking around and can’t find anything similar to a LIKE IN() – I envision it working like this:

SELECT * FROM fiberbox f WHERE f.fiberbox LIKE IN('%140 %', '%1938 %', '%1940 %')

Any ideas? Am I just thinking of the problem the wrong way – some obscure command I’ve never seen.

MySQL 5.0.77-community-log

Answer

A REGEXP might be more efficient, but you’d have to benchmark it to be sure, e.g.

SELECT * from fiberbox where field REGEXP '1740|1938|1940';