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From:Matt Eaton Date:June 29 2004 5:50am
Subject:C API -- huge result sets slowin me down
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Hi all,

I was hoping this was the right place for a question about the C API.
I've been grabbing result sets from tables in the C API for a few years
now, but I'm starting to work with result sets that are big enough to
bog me down.  Of course, the result sets aren't insanely big, so I was
wondering why it was taking so long for me to suck them in to C,
especially when I can run the same query from the command line using the
binaries and they can cache it to a file on the hard disk pretty much
instantly.  So, basically, I was just hoping that I've been doing
something wrong, or at least that there was something I could do better,
to make my database communication as fast as the mysql command line
tools.  I've checked out their source and nothing obvious jumps out at
me.  Here's a non-functional sample of my code:

int main(int argc, char *argv[] ) {
	int uid;
	int sid;
	char sqlBuff[4000];
	int err = 0;
	int i;
	// Setup the database communications space:
	MYSQL dbase;
	MYSQL_RES *result;

	float **genAttrib;
	//... snip ...
	// Connect to the database:
	if (mysql_init(&dbase) == NULL) err = 1;
	else {

			err = 1;
			fprintf(stderr, "Failed to connect to database:
Error: %s\n",
	// If the connection couldn't be established:
	if(err) {
		printf("db connection failed!\n");

	//... snip ...

	// This query could have as many as a million rows returned, but
the query itself runs quite fast.  It seems to just be
	// sucking it into C that can take up to four seconds on our
dual Xeon server.
	sprintf(sqlBuff,"SELECT A.* FROM `attribs` as A, login AS L
WHERE A.guid=L.guid AND L.isActive=1 AND L.sid=%d AND
	if (mysql_real_query(&dbase,sqlBuff,strlen(sqlBuff))) {
		printf("Pool Attributes Select Failed... dumbass\n");
		fprintf(stderr, "Error: %s\n",

	result = mysql_store_result(&dbase);
	for (i=0;i<numRows;i++) {
		row = mysql_fetch_row(result);

return 0;

So, if someone sees something that I could change to speed things up, or
I should direct this question elsewhere... thanks for your help and
thanks for reading this far!

Thanks again,
C API -- huge result sets slowin me downMatt Eaton29 Jun
  • Re: C API -- huge result sets slowin me downDobromir Velev29 Jun
  • Re: C API -- huge result sets slowin me downEgor Egorov1 Jul