Section: Tcl Database Connectivity (n)
Updated: 8.6
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tdbc::mysql - TDBC-MYSQL bridge  


package require tdbc::mysql 1.0

tdbc::mysql::connection create db ?-option value...?
tdbc::mysql::connection new ?-option value...?

tdbc::mysql::datasources ?-system|-user?


tdbc::mysql::datasource command driverName ?keyword-value?...



The tdbc::mysql driver provides a database interface that conforms to Tcl DataBase Connectivity (TDBC) and allows a Tcl script to connect to a MySQL database.

Connection to an MYSQL database is established by invoking tdbc::mysql::connection create, passing it the name to give the database handle and a set of -option-value pairs. The available options are enumerated under CONNECTION OPTIONS below. As an alternative, tdbc::mysql::connection new may be used to create a database connection with an automatically assigned name. The return value from tdbc::mysql::connection new is the name that was chosen for the connection handle.

The side effect of tdbc::mysql::connection create is to create a new database connection.. See tdbc::connection(n) for the details of how to use the connection to manipulate a database.  


The tdbc::mysql::connection create object command supports the -encoding, -isolation, -readonly and -timeout options common to all TDBC drivers. The -encoding option will always fail unless the encoding is utf-8; the database connection always uses UTF-8 encoding to be able to transfer arbitrary Unicode characters. The -readonly option must be 0, because MySQL does not offer read-only connections.

In addition, the following options are recognized:

-host hostname
Connects to the host specified by hostname. This option must be set on the initial creation of the connection; it cannot be changed after connecting. Default is to connect to the local host.
-port number
Connects to a MySQL server listening on the port specified by number. This option may not be changed after connecting. It is used only when host is specified and is not localhost.
-socket path
Connects to a MySQL server listening on the Unix socket or named pipe specified by path . This option may not be changed after connecting. It is used only when -host is not specified or is localhost.
-user name
Presents name as the user name to the MySQL server. Default is the current user ID.
-passwd password
-password password
These two options are synonymous. They present the given password as the user's password to the MySQL server. Default is not to present a password.
-database name
-db name
These two options are synonymous. They present the given name as the name of the default database to use in MySQL queries. If not specified, the default database for the current user is used.
-interactive flag
The flag value must be a Boolean value. If it is true (or any equivalent), the default timeout is set for an interactive user, otherwise, the default timeout is set for a batch user. This option is meaningful only on initial connection. When using the configure method on a MySQL connection use the -timeout option to set the timeout desired.
These five options set the certificate authority, certificate authority search path, SSL certificate, transfer cipher, and SSL key to the given string arguments. These options may be specified only on initial connection to a database, not in the configure method of an existing connection. Default is not to use SSL.


tdbc::mysql::connection -user joe -passwd sesame -db joes_database

Connects to the MySQL server on the local host using the default connection method, presenting user ID 'joe' and password 'sesame'. Uses 'joes_database' as the default database name.  


In addition to the usual methods on the tdbc::connection(n) object, connections to a MySQL database support one additional method:
$connection evaldirect sqlStatement
This method takes the given sqlStatement and interprets as MySQL native SQL code and evaluates it without preparing it. The statement may not contain variable substitutions. The result set is returned as a list of lists, with each sublist being the list of columns of a result row formatted as character strings. Note that the string formatting is done by MySQL and not by Tcl, so details like the appearance of floating point numbers may differ. This command is not recommended for anything where the usual prepare or preparecall methods work correctly. It is provided so that data management language statements that are not implemented in MySQL's prepared statement API, such as CREATE DATABASE or CREATE PROCEDURE, can be executed.


tdbc(n), tdbc::connection(n), tdbc::resultset(n), tdbc::statement(n)  


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Copyright (c) 2009 by Kevin B. Kenny.