i think for unique alias u have keep

alias='$alias' ??

and also "if" statement will always be true as the mysql statement is always correct and will be executed . U have to check the result of query for whether there r ne aliases or not ...

On Sat, 1 Oct 2005, Ron Piggott wrote:

Take a look at my if ( ) syntax line below.  I am wondering if I have it
wrong in same way.  What I am trying to achieve is if the alias the user
enters is already found in the database I want the words "Alias already in
use" to be shown on the screen; otherwise "Unique alias" to be shown on the

PRESENTLY alias already in use is what comes up all the time.


@mysql_select_db($database) or die( "Unable to select database");
$query="SELECT * FROM tablename WHERE alias LIKE '$alias%'";

if (mysql_query($query))


echo "Alias already in use";

} else {

echo "Unique alias";




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