php mysql_insert_id

hi guys,

i've got a file which is my main file for adding orders and i need a bit of help.

the first page of my add orders is to select the customer and add additional delivery details if necessary.

when i started building all of this, i skipped the "add delivery details" aspect because it was causing a headache.  i now think i have an idea of how to do it, but am i little bit stuck.

as the first page starts of the order, it inserts the customers id number, the salesman id, and the status to 1 in a new row in the _orders table.  i also at this stage had the mysql_insert_id put into a session, so that each page thereafter could add more details to the record.

the way i was thinking the delivery details bit would work was it adds any extra details to a new column, and again using a mysql_insert_id, get the id number from that record, and insert it into the _orders table.

so basically, how do i use mysql_insert_query for different queries? i

hope that makes sense

thanks
jack
jack-lindsayAsked:
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Beverley PortlockConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In a nutshell, immediately after running an INSERT query, pull the id with mysql_insert_id

mysql_query("INSERT INTO aTable........etc ");
$id = mysql_insert_id();

If you run another query then do it again, but store the result in a different variable

mysql_query("INSERT INTO aDifferentTable........etc ");
$otherId = mysql_insert_id();
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JayDiabloCommented:
mysql_insert_id returns the id of the last inserted row for the current connection (in PHP that would be the current script run).

To get different insert ids, you need to call mysql_insert_id after each INSERT query that you perform with mysql_query.

For example:

<?php

$sql = "INSERT INTO table1 VALUES (NULL, 'a', 'b', 'c')";
mysql_query($sql);
$table1_insertId = mysql_insert_id();

$sql = "INSERT INTO table2 VALUES (NULL, 'a', 'b', 'c')";
mysql_query($sql);
$table2_insertId = mysql_insert_id();

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Does that help answer the question?
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Ray PaseurCommented:
No, it does not really make sense, but I'll try to offer some explanation.

When you insert a row into a data base table, you can get the auto_increment id number of that row from something like what is shown in the code snippet.

If you want to use information in that row in subsequent queries you can SELECT or UPDATE (or DELETE) using the id number in the WHERE clause with LIMIT 1.

Does that help to clarify how it works?  Man page here:
http://php.net/manual/en/function.mysql-insert-id.php
// MAKING AN INSERT QUERY AND TESTING THE RESULTS
$sql = "INSERT INTO my_table (username) VALUES ('$safe_username')";
$res = mysql_query($sql);

// IF mysql_query() RETURNS FALSE, GET THE ERROR REASONS
if (!$res)
{
    $errmsg = mysql_errno() . ' ' . mysql_error();
    echo "<br/>QUERY FAIL: ";
    echo "<br/>$sql <br/>";
    die($errmsg);
}
// GET THE AUTO_INCREMENT ID OF THE RECORD JUST INSERTED - PER THE DB CONNECTION
// MAN PAGE: http://php.net/manual/en/function.mysql-insert-id.php
$id  = mysql_insert_id($db_connection);

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jack-lindsayAuthor Commented:
cant believe i didn't think of that...works a treat :D
thanks for the quick reply
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