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email Storage Issues in Mysql database

Posted on 2013-05-18
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My Email is storing in database as:

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<table style="width: 730px; height: 66px;" border="0">
<tbody>
<tr>
<td>Welcome</td>
<td>Jungle</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Dirty</td>
<td>Stars</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>

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when email is sent, no matter if its type is HTML, it shows HTML tags there, i am missing something on mysql part i think, anyone can throw some light here

table column Message collation is: utf8_unicode_ci

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CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `mailinglist_messages` (
  `MessageID` bigint(255) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `Message` longtext COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci,
  `SentToGroup` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL,
  `SentOn` datetime DEFAULT NULL,
  `SentBy` varchar(150) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL,
  `InstanceName` varchar(100) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`MessageID`)
) ENGINE=InnoDB  DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8 COLLATE=utf8_unicode_ci AUTO_INCREMENT=2 ;

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It is unwise as you see to store email directly into a database.  An alternative might be to parse and extract/strip HTML storing only data.
It is best to store emails within the filesystem

Do you parse email?
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by:Tomas Helgi Johannsson
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Hi!

You might want to store the email-message as LONGBLOB instead of LONGTEXT.
By doing that you are storing the message "as is" and will get it back exactly as you stored it.

Regards,
    Tomas Helgi
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by:Steve Bink
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arnold is right - storing this type of data in a database field is inefficient, at best.  The file system is a much better alternative, with just a pointer to the file in the database.

As far as the formatting, there is something else in your code escaping the content before its insertion into the database.  MySQL does no translation like that.
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by:arnold
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Mysql_real_escape_string this is the php code that should be used to avoid sql injection issues with data from forms/external sources.
Not sure what process the incomng emails
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Thanks for theupdate guys, but nothing worked, i actually had to convert the htmlenteties to html through cffunction and it stored the details in the db without any issue, something else might have been causing an issue
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