Oracle BLOB field SaveToFile unsuccessful

Hi,

I am experiencing difficulties when retrieving files from an oracle blob field. I am using the savetofile and loadfromfile methods. It seems that uploading the file works, but when I try to open a retrieved file, say xls, then I get different error messages, for instance, file cannot be accessed or document name is invalid.

It works correct for small (2k) jpg files, but even 100k xls or word files does not want to open. When downloaded, the file shows the correct size.

Any ideas?



barnarpAsked:
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kretzschmarCommented:
which fieldtype do u use in oracle?
how do you connect to oracle (bde,ado,other,..)?
which oracle-version do u use?
barnarpAuthor Commented:
Oracle version 8.0.6.3, the field type is BLOB.

Connection is BDE and I'm using ttable:

TBlobField(FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB')).LoadFromFile(file2blobname);

TBlobField(FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB')).SaveToFile(curdir + '\' + curfilename.Text);

Seems all .txt files works fine, even over 1 Mb.



kretzschmarCommented:
usual it should work,
i had no problem in a project with this database (also using bde)
with word/excel/powerpoint files

well, one additional question
what is your dataset -> TTable or TQuery?
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barnarpAuthor Commented:
TTable,

I picked up something. I think the problem might be with the upload of the file. I noticed whenever I update the existing BLOB table with a new document, it downloads and opens fine, but when I create a new record, the opening of the file on download gives errors.

Code:

with dm.tblBLOB do
  begin
    dm.Maximo.StartTransaction;
    Open;
    if blobexist = 'N' then Insert else Edit;

    if newDoc then FieldByName('DOCUMENT').AsString := docseed else
    FieldByName('DOCUMENT').AsString := docid;

    TBlobField(FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB')).LoadFromFile(file2blobname);
    FieldByName('DOCUMENT_SIZE').Asinteger := TBlobField(FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB')).BlobSize;
    if blobexist = 'N' then Post;
    dm.Maximo.Commit;
  end;

I am not sure what is causing it, and can also not understand the logic of:
    if blobexist = 'N' then Post;
I kept getting a unique constraint error when the code was just 'Post;' whenever I tried to upload a file, so I added the condition and it worked fine.


kretzschmarCommented:
what does your blobexist?
where come it from?
(usual i'm a bit confused with the logic you have)
barnarpAuthor Commented:
blobexist is simply a boolean variable indicating whether the blob exist in the database, and is set after I do a select query on the BLOB table to see if the docuemnt is is there.

If it is already in the table the code is TTable.Edit if not TTable.Insert

I think this is correct?

Ivanov_GCommented:
make sure file2blobname is FULL path name containing the drive, path and file name.
not just file name ...
barnarpAuthor Commented:
yes, it contains the full path on both edit and insert.

Table Script:

CREATE TABLE DOCBLOB
(
  DOCUMENT       VARCHAR2(9)                    NOT NULL,
  CPLANT_BLOB    BLOB,
  DOCUMENT_SIZE  NUMBER(10)
)

ALTER TABLE DOCBLOB ADD (
  CONSTRAINT DOCBLOB_PK PRIMARY KEY (DOCUMENT)

I have now changed the code : if blobexist = 'N' then Insert else Edit; to   edit;

Still the same. Is there not a way to see in the table if the BLOB has uploaded successfully?



barnarpAuthor Commented:
Hi,

I have used another Oracle Tool to downloaded the "faulty" BLOB file to a directory and I could open it 100%.

The faulty code must then be in my retrieval from the database:

pseudo:

try
  with TTable do
  begin
    DB.StartTransaction;
    Open;
    Edit;
    FieldByName('DOCUMENT').AsString := $docid;
    TBlobField(FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB')).SaveToFile($docpathandfilename);
    DB.Commit;
  end;
  MessageDlg($DOCID+ ' successfully retrieved from the database.', mtInformation, [mbOK], 0 );
  except
  MessageDlg($DOCID + ' COULD NOT be retrieved from the database.', mtError, [mbOK], 0 );
  dm.Maximo.Rollback;
  Exit;
  end;

Any help please.
BlackTigerXCommented:
from your code:

with TTable do
  begin
    DB.StartTransaction;
    Open;
    Edit;
    FieldByName('DOCUMENT').AsString := $docid;
    TBlobField(FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB')).SaveToFile($docpathandfilename);
    DB.Commit;
  end;

you don't need to call EDIT or StartTransaction, etc to retrieve the field's data
try this:

with TTable do //are you sure this is your table's name????? because TTable is the actual type
  begin
    if not (IsEmpty) then
    begin
      Open;
      FieldByName('DOCUMENT').AsString := $docid;
      TBlobField(FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB')).SaveToFile($docpathandfilename);
    end
  end;
barnarpAuthor Commented:
When using your code, I get the message: Dataset not in Edit or Insert mode
barnarpAuthor Commented:
Hi,

I now have the following code:

 with dm.tblBLOB do
  begin
      Open;
      Locate('DOCUMENT',curdocid.Text,[loCaseInsensitive]);
      TBlobField(FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB')).SaveToFile(curdir + '\' + curfilename.Text);
  end;

The file is 101kb and gets retrieved from the db successfully, even the bytes is 100%, but I cannot open the file. Don't know why.

When I open the table in TOAD and extract the file from there, I can open it with no problems.

Any other ideas?

primusmagestriCommented:
Use the following methods, 101% working :)

To save a file to BLOB:

blob := dm.tblBLOB.CreateBlobStream(dm.tblBLOB.FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB'), bmWrite);
try
  blob.Seek(0, soFromBeginning);

  fs := TFileStream.Create('c:\your_name.jpg', fmOpenRead orfmShareDenyWrite);
  try
    blob.CopyFrom(fs, fs.Size)
  finally
    fs.Free
  end;
finally
  blob.Free
end;

To load from BLOB:

blob := dm.tblBLOB.CreateBlobStream(dm.tblBLOB.FieldByName('CPLANT_BLOB'), bmRead);
try
  blob.Seek(0, soFromBeginning);

  with TFileStream.Create('c:\your_name.jpg', fmCreate) do
    try
      CopyFrom(blob, blob.Size)
    finally
      Free
    end;
finally
  blob.Free
end;
barnarpAuthor Commented:
Thanks.

I need to update the table and modified the code slightly.

       with tblBLOBP do
         begin
             try
           Open;
           Edit;
           tblBLOBP.FieldByName('DOC_FILENAME').AsString := docid;
           stBLOB := tblBLOBP.CreateBlobStream(tblBLOBP.FieldByName('DOC_BLOB'), bmReadWrite);


               stBLOB.Seek(0, soFromBeginning);
               fsBLOB := TFileStream.Create(SaveDialog1.InitialDir + '\' + DocCopyComment, fmOpenRead or fmShareDenyWrite);
               stBLOB.CopyFrom(fsBLOB, fsBLOB.Size)
                  finally
                     //Post;
                    fsBLOB.Free;
                    stBLOB.Free;
                  end;
                end;

The code runs fine, but nothing gets populated in the blob field.

What is wrong here?
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