Intermittent failure of mysql_fetch_assoc to return large result from select query

Posted on 2009-05-19
Last Modified: 2013-12-12
I have a database that stores reports as html in a longtext field, these can be a reasonable size up to say 6Mb.  I retrieve one at a time them using a reference number and a report type number as criteria and a limit 0,1.  The query works intermittently though sometimes it returns the query other times I get a blank record.  The query is correct as it will work sometimes, and it works in phpmyadmin.  The included code is the general form of the mysql php interface in the software.
I don't get a mysql error or a php error, it simply sometimes gives a blank result when it shouldn't.
I hope someone can help asI have had no luck so far.
mysql_select_db($this->database, $this->databaseConnection);

		$selectSQL = "SELECT " . $this->SQLSelect . " FROM " . $this->SQLFrom;

		if ($this->SQLWhere != ""){ $selectSQL .= " WHERE " . $this->SQLWhere; };

		if ($this->SQLOrder != ""){ $selectSQL .= " ORDER BY " . $this->SQLOrder; };


		if ($this->SQLLimit != ""){ $selectSQL .= " LIMIT " . $this->SQLLimit; };

		$selectSQL .= ";";


		$data = mysql_query($selectSQL, $this->databaseConnection);

		$this->selectedData_totalRows = mysql_num_rows($data);

		$_SESSION['current_selectedData_totalRows'] = $this->selectedData_totalRows;

		$_SESSION['currentSelectSQL'] = $selectSQL;


		$i = 0;

		while ($row_data = mysql_fetch_assoc($data)) {

			$this->selectedData[$i] = $row_data;





		if ($returnData == -1){


		} else {

			return $this->selectedData;	


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Question by:photondesign
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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 24423088
Given the code above you have no way of knowing whether the MySQL query has run correctly or not!

Try using something like the code snippet...

Best regards, ~Ray
$data = mysql_query($selectSQL, $this->databaseConnection);

if (!$data)


   $err = mysql_errno() . ' ' . mysql_error();

   echo "<br/>QUERY FAIL $selectSQL <br/>\n";

   die ($err);


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Author Comment

ID: 24424681
I forgot to mention.  I have been running the code with a mysql_error() inserted into the php error log, but it was not producing any errors.  I have also tried high_priority and sql_no_cache on the select statement, although it is an innodb table so not sure the high_priority has any effect anyway.
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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 24424865
OK, add something like the mysql_error() checker to the above code.  Any clues as to what determines the intermittent nature of the error?  Particular time of day or any other factor that can help generate a repeatable error?
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Author Comment

ID: 24427168
What I meant by my last comment was I have tested it with MySQL error written to the log.  No errors are written even when the empty result is returned.  It will be a case of works then two minutes later it doesn't return anything.  No other users are accessing the row, no other users are even accessing the table.  It is not at any time of the day in particular.  It can be when no other users are even connected to the server or database. It can work then not work and then work again in the space of five minutes.  It really is frustrating.

Accepted Solution

photondesign earned 0 total points
ID: 24431229
I have finally managed to fix the issue and it turned out to be MySQL rather than the PHP code or query itself.  I changed the transaction isolation type READ-COMMITTED in the my.ini (my.cnf for linux,etc) using the line transaction-isolation = READ-COMMITTED in the [mysqld] section.  The queries now all return a result every time.

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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 24431395
Excellent - glad you were able to find a solution.  Best regards, ~Ray

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