Limit Characters on a PHP MySQL query

Posted on 2011-02-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I need to limit the amount of characters show on a query. The amount of characters I need to show is 100 from the 'copy' column

Here's my query code:

mysql_select_db($database_Hollybush, $Hollybush);
$query_news = "SELECT id, `date`, title, copy, FROM news ORDER BY id DESC";
$news = mysql_query($query_news, $Hollybush) or die(mysql_error());
$row_news = mysql_fetch_assoc($news);
$totalRows_news = mysql_num_rows($news);

I have tried this but nothing shows?

mysql_select_db($database_Hollybush, $Hollybush);
$query_news = "SELECT id, `date`, title, SUBSTR(copy,50,50) FROM news ORDER BY id DESC";
$news = mysql_query($query_news, $Hollybush) or die(mysql_error());
$row_news = mysql_fetch_assoc($news);
$totalRows_news = mysql_num_rows($news);

Anyone know how to do this?
Question by:BrighteyesDesign
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Expert Comment

ID: 34954583
Try this:

"SELECT id, `date`, title, LEFT(copy,100) FROM news ORDER BY id DESC";

Author Comment

ID: 34954644
Thanks for that.

It doesn't show any result i'm afraid.

The text shows with the first of my two codes above by the way so everything else is ok.

Expert Comment

ID: 34954680
That is strange since the first statement contains a syntax error (improper comma between "copy" and "from):

   "SELECT id, `date`, title, copy, FROM news ORDER BY id DESC";

What is the type of that copy column, ie. how did you create it?
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Author Comment

ID: 34954725

Yes, you're right, I actually deleted that comma after posting.

I created it in MySQL as text (see screenshots) MySQLScreen-shot-2011-02-22-at-19.14..png

Expert Comment

ID: 34954785
I tried to simulate it on my MySQL instance:

   drop table test;
   create table test (a int, copy text);
   insert into test values (1, 'abcde fghij klmno');
   select a,copy from test;
   select a, left(copy,5) from test;

The first select returns:

  1, abcde fghij klmno

and the second:

  1, abcde

just like expected.

By "no results" do you mean the column selected as left(copy,100) is empty but other colums show right or that there are no rows returned at all?


Accepted Solution

AriMc earned 500 total points
ID: 34954800
You could also try:

"SELECT id, `date`, title, LEFT(copy,100) as copy FROM news ORDER BY id DESC";

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34955951
Perfect, thanks a lot for that!

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