ID: 9934
User Update by: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Old-Status: Feedback
Status: Open
Bug Type: DBM/DBA related
Description: faulty dbmfetch()

Actually, dba is not really a replacement for dbm. dba requires special libraries to 
be installed in a PHP server install. If an ISP has chosen to not install those, then 
dba does not work. Moreover, on Windows platforms there are huge issues with 
installing dba libraries anyway. The PHP install comes up with:

Warning: no such handler: db2 

I have changed db2 to all other kinds of handlers (including gdbm) and have installed 
those also, in addition to uncommenting the php_dba.dll include line in php.ini. 
Doesn't work.

Being deprecated is one thing, but not working is quite another. I would imagine 
deprecating something implies it will no longer be found in a future version. But 
shouldn't it work for now? The problem, as I said earlier, is that dbm is the natural 
fallback when all an ISP/Webhosting platform offers is dbm. dba and other kinds of 
databases require a custom setup. 


Previous Comments:

[2001-03-23 08:35:32] [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Have you tried using the dba extension instead?
ie. change php_db.dll to php_dba.dll and check
the manual pages for dba extension how to use it:

FYI: The db extension is deprecated.



[2001-03-22 12:30:43] [EMAIL PROTECTED]

sample code:


$db = dbmopen("test007","n");


print "n<br> Value here should be data1: ";
print dbmfetch($db,"key1");

print "n<br> Value here should be data2: ";
print dbmfetch($db,"key2");

print "n<br> Value here should be data3: ";
print dbmfetch($db,"key3");



here is the bug description:

don't even try using this function in php4.x on windows. it is extremely buggy; 
returns bad data. typically, you will find the first character of inserted data 
missing, with some wierd chars at the end. on examining the dbm file, it seems the 
php_dbm.dll methods are incorrectly reading data by skipping the first character, 
reading the rest of the string and then getting completely messed up because all 
following string length entries are "shifted". 

i don't know how this huge bug has survived in all php 4.x implementations on windows. 
it basically renders php 4.x on windows useless for disk based db access. i replaced 
my 4.x install with 3.x and had no problem running my dbm code. 

please somebody! fix this!



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