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What format or data type are images stored in MySQL tables

HI Experts

Can anyone tell me how to convert a jpeg image into some sort of text, that I can then copy and paste into an "SQL insert" or MySQL insert using the GUI?

The reason for this question, is I'd rather use some sort of application to do this, and was hoping there might be an online one to do this.

Any help/direction on either of these questions would be much aprectiated

Thanks
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georgehowell
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sriramiyerCommented:
I believe it is not a wise idea to convert image to text and store it in a MySQL record.  pl. think over is it absolutely needed to do like that?
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
Storing image in a database is a really, really, REALLY BAD IDEA.  However if you want to go that route then you will need to use a blob data type, and pre-process with PHP.  

This outlines how to do it, and points out why it is a bad idea:

http://www.phpriot.com/articles/images-in-mysql
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georgehowellAuthor Commented:
thanks Cobol for the link.. I'm reading it right now

there's only 6 product thumbnails on the whole site, so it's minimal data.  

Does anyone know if there's any online conversion or downloads to change a jpg to "blob" data-type ?

cheers
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nemws1Database AdministratorCommented:
I agree with the other comments posted, BTW.

The thing that comes to mind first when reading this is to MIME encode the image and store the result.  It will be all "plain text" (no binary data).  Of course, you need to MIME *de*-code the image once you yank it out of the database.  All this is highly inefficient and will slow down whatever process it is you're trying to do.
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georgehowellAuthor Commented:
thanks gents for your help
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