At 12:23 7/5/2001, Wez Furlong wrote:
>On 2001-05-07 00:26:02, "Zeev Suraski" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > At 02:16 7/5/2001, Wez Furlong wrote:
> > >Should I create a patch that enables the parameter?
> > Probably... Are you sure you can't use mysql_unbuffered_query(),
> > though? If you're really used to supplying the database argument, you
> > easily write a 2 line PHP function that does the same thing...
>It's only a half-dozen line patch to enable the functionality for
>mysql_db_query - it looks like it was prepared for the change.
>I'll commit it a little later.
>For speed purposes, I prefer that code to be in C. (I know - it's probably
>only a marginal difference).
It's going to be a bit complex to explain why I didn't want this patch, but
I'll give it a try :)
First off, my personal preference was always to nuke mysql_db_query()
altogether, as it encourages slow code (very rarely do you get to specify
different databases on every query, so setting the database once and for
all is much faster, using mysql_select_db()). mysql_db_query(), which is
the rename of PHP/FI 2.0's mysql(), is available for downwards
compatibility purposes only :)
Secondly, the reason I didn't implement unbuffered results as an extra flag
to mysql_query(), is that it would have then broke the API rule, that any
function that accepts a MySQL link resource, can have this link omitted,
and it'd behave in the same way with the default link. That's why adding
an optional 3rd argument to mysql_query() wasn't an option.
Now, your patch adds a 4th argument to mysql_db_query(), and thus breaks
that rule. I think it's not a good way to go from an API-cleanliness
perspective (requiring people to specify the link for certain
functionality). Adding a new function (mysql_unbuffered_db_query()) seems
very odd considering the fact that mysql_db_query() itself is there just
for downwards compatibility purposes.
After this whole explanation, I hope you understand why I asked you whether
you really need it (I knew it was already 'prepared' for such a patch :)
So the question remains - why do you need it? If it's for performance
reasons, I'd recommend dropping mysql_db_query() altogether, and use
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