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From:Fred T. Krogh Date:April 1 1999 7:18am
Subject:Query/escape_string confusion
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From C a call to mysql_query with the query string (using copy and paste
from the debugger):

"INSERT AB VALUES (NULL,129,2,\"Computational Mathematics\",0)"

fails, giving a result of -1.  Note that the '\'s on the inside are not
really there, it is just
what the debugger prints.  (At least if I look at consecutive memory
locations, 2, is followed by a ".)  Etc. for the " at the front and the

Removing the '\'s in the middle and the "'a at the front and back, this
statement works just fine when put in the mysql program.  This has me

The same situation applies with:

"INSERT AB VALUES (NULL,129,2,'Computational Mathematics',0)"

That is, it doesn't work in C, but with the quotes removed (which aren't
really there) it works in mysql.

I've also found mysql_escape_string confusing to use.  First I tried
passing in
"Computational Mathematics" and got back \"Computational Mathematics\",
giving a string that I could not use successfully in an insert.  Passing
in just
Computational Mathematics gave back Computational Mathematics, again
something that would not work in an insert.  Perhaps I shouldn't
complain too much about this since even when I pass in a string I think
should work, it doesn't.   (And I do know how to get this to do what I
want, even if the result doesn't work.)

Suggestion welcome.  Thanks,

Query/escape_string confusionFred T. Krogh1 Apr
  • Query/escape_string confusionMichael Widenius1 Apr
  • Re: Query/escape_string confusionFred T. Krogh1 Apr
RE: stupid questionKenneth Hylton11 Jun