From:             [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Operating system: Windows 98
PHP version:      4.0.4pl1
PHP Bug Type:     filePro related
Bug description:  Serialized data gets corrupted in DBM

I created a set of programs for maintaining userid and password information using the 
DBM functions. (dbmopen, dbminsert, etc).. I keep userid, password, effective date, 
expiry dates, etc... Hence I need to keep more than just name & password pairs... I 
use the userid as the name and the value is a serialized variable containing an 
associative array of the remaining fields... 

My PHP programs to add and display the user records works - unfortunately it works 
intermittently... Some time all records are written correctly and are displayed 
correctly.. but sometime several are written but when are displayed, the details of 
the serialized data are missing.. it seems to be corrupted...

I attach some code for the dbminsert and dbmfetch here...

Notes: $user is an associative array containing the password, start dates, etc.

function addUser( $dbName, &$dbStatus,  $userid, $user ) {
  $dbh = dbmopen( "$dbName", "w" )
         or die("Couldn't open $dbName database");
  $serial_user = serialize( $user );
  print "serial_user is equal to <br> $serial_user <br>";
  $dbStatus = dbminsert( $dbh, "$userid", "$serial_user" );
  dbmclose( $dbh );

function getUser( $dbName, &$dbStatus, $userid ) {
  $dbh = dbmopen( "$dbName", "r" )  // --- read db ----
         or die("Couldn't open $dbName database");
  if ( dbmexists( $dbh, $userid ) )
    $serial_user = dbmfetch( $dbh, $userid );
    print "serial_user is equal to <br> $serial_user <br>";
    $user = unserialize( $serial_user );
    { $dbStatus = -1; }
  dbmclose( $dbh );
  return $user;

I looked at the dbm file itself using a text editor and all the data are present, even 
for those records that shows blanks for the details.

I opened 2 Internet Explorer windows side by side and ran the insert program on one 
and the display on the other. I displayed the serialized value (i.e. $serial_user) on 
both windows...

In the add window, the serialized data always looks like this:
a:5:{s:4:"name;s:1:"a";s:3:"pwd.... ETC ETC...

In the display window, the serialized data also looked as above when the data is 
displayed correctly... 

However, when the data is 'missing' the serialized data looks like this
:5:{s:4:"name;s:1:"a";s:3:"pwd.... ETC ETC...
(i.e. the 'a' is missing).

(you can see my debugging print statements in the code that I attached above).

I am running PHP on Apache Web Server (1.3.14) for Windows. Both the browser client 
and the Apache server are running on the same PC.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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