On 18/10/05, Michael Fuhr <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
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> On Tue, Oct 18, 2005 at 07:09:08PM +0000, Rodrigo Madera wrote:
> > > What language and API are you using?
> >
> > I'm using libpqxx. A nice STL-style library for C++ (I am 101% C++).
> I've only dabbled with libpqxx; I don't know if or how you can make
> it send data in binary instead of text.  See the documentation or
> ask in a mailing list like libpqxx-general or pgsql-interfaces.
> > > Binary transfer sends data in binary, not by automatically converting
> > > to and from text.
> >
> > Uh, I'm sorry I didn't get that... If I send: insert into foo
> > values('\\001\\002') will libpq send 0x01, 0x02 or "\\\\001\\\\002"??
> If you do it that way libpq will send the string as text with escape
> sequences; you can use a sniffer like tcpdump or ethereal to see this
> for yourself.  To send the data in binary you'd call PQexecParams()
> with a query like "INSERT INTO foo VALUES ($1)".  The $1 is a
> placeholder; the other arguments to PQexecParams() provide the data
> itself, the data type and length, and specify whether the data is in
> text format or binary.  See the libpq documentation for details.

You could base64 encode your data admitiaddly increasing it by 1/3 but
it does at least convert it to text which means that its more
unserstandable. base64 is also pritty standard being whats used in
EMails for mime attachments.


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