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dbase_replace_record() problems

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I'm working on a big project at the mo and it has to integrated with some windows software that uses .dbf's, so I have no choice but to use dbase (so don't give me a lecture on how much dbase sucks, hehe :o).
Unfortunately I can't get dbase_replace_record() to work properly, any help would be hugely appreciated.

I'm using the function basically like this:

$newvalues=array($shift,$shiftname,$start,$finish,$duration,$rate_norm,$rate_ot,$rate_min,$rate_night);
dbase_replace_record($db,$newvalues,$shift);

The database is open and everything is as it should be, I've tried dbase_add_record() in it's place and it works absolutely fine. I've made sure all the data types are correct (though if dbase_add_record() is anything to go by it doesn't really mind about that), I'm passing it the right number of fields (it gives an error otherwise anyway), and I've made certain that the variables being added to the array have values and that they are all present and correct in the array after the array has been created. I've even tried it by hardcoding the values rather than passing variables everywhere, just to make sure, but it makes no difference.

Basically I can't see anything wrong at all, except the result after running this is that all the fields in the record I replaced are NULL :o(

Any ideas?
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What version of PHP are you using?

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4.10
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Looking at the PHP bug database I found these:

http://www.php.net/bugs.php?id=6519

http://www.php.net/bugs.php?id=5835


You may need to use a different version of PHP.

:o)

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4.10?

There's no such version.....do you mean 4.01?

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sorry I mean 4.05, I was just trying to get the page back to say as much and it was taking forever on this crappy connection I've got here :o)
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by:REMarlow
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Damn. Thanks for that. I see they fixed the same prob with dbase_add_record(), hence my successful test with that function.
Downloading 4.06 now, I'll see if it's fixed (though I don't hold out much hope).

If the bug is still there, and they aren't gonna fix it soon, I'm completely screwed - is there likely to be an earlier version of PHP in which the function works then? (I assume it worked once upon a time)
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Another bug report:

http://www.php.net/bugs.php?id=10984

It relates to 4.05 (on Windows) and is currently still open - you may want to keep an eye on it.

It may be worth you trying 4.06 (or even the latest CVS version - but that should not be used in a live application).

http://www.php.net/downloads.php


:o)

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I've never used anything related to dbase so I can't recommend which version to try - might be worth trying some older versions though.

:o)

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by:REMarlow
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Well, you know - couldn't really give you anything other than 'excellent' under the circumstances could I? :o)

Thanks for all your help Ant, I see that bug report is from May, so I've got my fingers crossed it's fixed for 4.06. Otherwise I'll be trying out pre 4.02 and praying everything else works too! :o)
Actually I suppose all I need is a working php_dbase.dll from somewhere, that way I wouldn't have to downgrade PHP itself.
Thanks again.

Robin
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Glad to have been some help.

Thanks for the A!

Good luck in getting it working.

:o)

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