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i want to be able to obtain a list of columns in a database table in PHP...

for example

a table in postgres that looked like...

create table mytable
(
 id serial,
 age int,
 name varchar,
)

i would want to get an array with 'id', 'age' and 'name' in them.

there are no defined functions in php to do this with postgres. the pg_metadata function is no good, i am not running a compatiable version of php and also the function is in experiemental phase.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

cheers
john
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Richard Quadling earned 200 total points
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Something you COULD try is ...

<?php

$db = pg_connect(blah blah blah);
$res = pg_query($db,"SELECT * FROM mytable LIMIT 1,1");
$fieldnames = "";
for ($i = 0 ; $i < pg_num_fields($res) ; $i++)
 {
 $fieldnames[$i] = pg_field_name($res,$i);
 }
?>

Ok, this is ultra basic, but should be OK!

Regards,

Richard Quadling.
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If there is no data in the table, then I do not know how to issue a query that will return a null for each column.

But if you can work THAT out, then you've pretty much got the whole thing!

Regards,

Richard Quadling.
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by:Richard Quadling
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Something you COULD try is ...

<?php

$db = pg_connect(blah blah blah);
$res = pg_query($db,"SELECT * FROM mytable LIMIT 1,1");
$fieldnames = "";
for ($i = 0 ; $i < pg_num_fields($res) ; $i++)
{
$fieldnames[$i] = pg_field_name($res,$i);
}
?>

Ok, this is ultra basic, but should be OK!

If there is no data in the table, then I do not know how to issue a query that will return a null for
each column.

But if you can work THAT out, then you've pretty much got the whole thing!

Regards,

Richard Quadling.
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by:Richard Quadling
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Ah! Now it shows my messages!!!!

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by:Richard Quadling
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And I've just realised, if your result set is empty, then the columns are still present, but empty.

So, the above query should work even without any data!

I am not sure on the LIMIT syntax, but basically I am saying start with the first record and only get 1 record.

Regards,

Richard Quadling.
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worked like a charm.. thanks.
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