Toad, Oracle, perl cgi issue

I have an ecard page which was sending data to an oracle db. I access the oracle db via Toad.

It seems that after I added a date and time function to the ecard page, the db was not 1) inputting any more data in the database even though no error messages were received and 2) not inputting the data and time data.

Here is my ecard perl cgi:

addMsgToCard.cgi

$from_sender = $q->param('from');
$to_recip = $q->param('to');
$cc_manager = $q->param('cc_mgr');
$bcc = "xxxx\@xxx.com";
$card = $q->param('card');
$message = $q->param('message');
#$cc_mgr = "$cc_manager\@xxxx.com";

@months = qw(Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec);
@weekDays = qw(Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun);
($second, $minute, $hour, $dayOfMonth, $month, $yearOffset, $dayOfWeek, $dayOfYear, $daylightSavings) = localtime();
$year = 1900 + $yearOffset;
$dateandtime = "$hour:$minute:$second, $weekDays[$dayOfWeek] $months[$month] $dayOfMonth, $year";

.....
($host, $db, $dbUid, $dbPwd) = &dbInfo::setDbInfo();
$errStr = "";
$dbh = DBI->connect("DBI:Oracle:(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(HOST=$host)(PORT=1521))(CONNECT_DATA=(SID=$db)))", "$dbUid", "$dbPwd");
$sql = qq/insert into CDO_ECARD(REC_ID,USERID,TO_RECIP,FROM_SENDER,CC_MANAGER,CARD,MESSAGE,IMAGE,DATEANDTIME) values(?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?)/;
$sth	= $dbh->prepare($sql) or $errStr .="SQL Prepare Error: $DBI::errstr<br />";
$sth->execute($recId,$userId,$to_recip,$from_sender,$cc_manager,$card,$message,$imgFile,$dateandtime) or $errStr .= "Execute Error: $DBI::errstr<br />";
$sth->finish or $errStr .= "Finish Error: $DBI::errstr<br />";
$dbh->commit or $errStr .= "Commit Error: $DBI::errstr<br />";
$dbh->disconnect;

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Prior to adding the date and time section, the db was populated perfectly.

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

seeker7806
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Justin MathewsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
When you changed the format, did you change the data also accordingly without /s and :s?

$dateandtime = sprintf("%04d%02d%02d%02d%02d%02d", $year, $month+1, $dayOfMonth, $hour, $minute, $second);
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
I'm not a perl person but it is likely a date/time issue.  You really shouldn't do implicit date/time conversions.

Try adding a to_date call with the appropriate Oracle date format mask:

values(?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?, to_date(?,'MM/DD/YYYY'))/

You can change the mask (the MM/DD/YYYY) part to whatever you want to match the string you are passing in.

http://www.oradev.com/oracle_date_format.jsp
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Justin MathewsCommented:
You are giving 12hr time format, but passing hour in 24hr format. Change it to:
$dateandtime = sprintf("%04d/%02d/%02d:%02d:%02d:%02d", $year, $month+1, $dayOfMonth, $hour, $minute, $second);
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$sql = qq/insert into CDO_ECARD(REC_ID,USERID,TO_RECIP,FROM_SENDER,CC_MANAGER,CARD,MESSAGE,IMAGE,DATEANDTIME) values(?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,to_date(?, 'yyyy/mm/dd:hh24:mi:ss'))/;

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seeker7806Author Commented:
Thanks jmatix:

I made the change but I received the following error message:

syntax error at /opt/httpd/root-wwwin/pcgi-bin/tech/performance-culture/ecards/addMsgToCard.cgi line 129, near "qq/insert into CDO_ECARD(REC_ID,USERID,TO_RECIP,FROM_SENDER,CC_MANAGER,CARD,MESSAGE,IMAGE,DATEANDTIME) values(?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,to_date(?,'yyyy/mm"
Bad name after ss' at /opt/httpd/root-wwwin/pcgi-bin/tech/performance-culture/ecards/addMsgToCard.cgi line 129.
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Justin MathewsCommented:
Oops. Forgot to escape slash (/). Try this instead:

$sql = qq#insert into CDO_ECARD(REC_ID,USERID,TO_RECIP,FROM_SENDER,CC_MANAGER,CARD,MESSAGE,IMAGE,DATEANDTIME) values(?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,to_date(?, 'yyyy/mm/dd:hh24:mi:ss'))#;
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seeker7806Author Commented:
Thanks jmatix:

Still getting the following error:

syntax error at /opt/httpd/root-wwwin/pcgi-bin/tech/performance-culture/ecards/addMsgToCard.cgi line 129, near "qq/insert into CDO_ECARD(REC_ID,USERID,TO_RECIP,FROM_SENDER,CC_MANAGER,CARD,MESSAGE,IMAGE,DATEANDTIME) values(?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,to_date(?, 'yyyy/mm"
Bad name after ss' at /opt/httpd/root-wwwin/pcgi-bin/tech/performance-culture/ecards/addMsgToCard.cgi line 129.

Regards,
seeker7806
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Justin MathewsCommented:
The error message still shows qq/ / instead of qq# #. Did you replace the code with:

$sql = qq#insert into CDO_ECARD(REC_ID,USERID,TO_RECIP,FROM_SENDER,CC_MANAGER,CARD,MESSAGE,IMAGE,DATEANDTIME) values(?,?,?,?,?,?,?,?,to_date(?, 'yyyy/mm/dd:hh24:mi:ss'))#;
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
If the '/' is causing a problem, just change the incoming date format and mask it differently.  You can remove all special characters is you wish:

to_date(?,'MMDDYYYYHH24MISS')

Just get Perl to sit out the date in a different format.
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seeker7806Author Commented:
Thanks slightwv:

I made the change and there is no longer a bad name error. We will see if it wrote to the db.

Regards,
seeker7806
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seeker7806Author Commented:
Hi Guys:

The perl/cgi is still not writing to the db.

Any suggestions on how to proceed?

Thanks for your help.

Regards,
seeker7806
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
If you take out the date columns does it go back to working?
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder)Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you sure you didn't change anything else?

I've been researching perl/Oracle/DBI and I don't see where you are binding the parameters.

http://www.dba-oracle.com/t_dbi_interface1.htm
http://www.dba-oracle.com/t_dbi_perl_bind_calls.htm
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seeker7806Author Commented:
Thanks guys. I may have to revisit this later.
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