MySQL / PHPMyAdmin question

Posted on 2013-12-09
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Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I'm currently using PHP & MySQL together (most of my time these days is spent with MSSQL as opposed to MySQL which may explain this..)

anyway - I've come across a very odd problem -  my regular single quotes don't work!

This is initially how my sql query looked:

SELECT * FROM Products WHERE Group=2

which gave the following error:

error: Warning: mysql_fetch_array() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in (path)

So - I went into PHPMyAdmin and run that same SQL from there - it gave me another error saying the syntax was incorrect.

I used the built in PHPMyAdmin search facility and that generated the following query:

FROM `Products`
WHERE `Group` =2

That works fine - it also works in PHP without any errors. If I take the single quotes from Group, it fails.

From what I can tell - this single quote (`) works
but this single quote ( ') doesn't.

and "Group" must have those single quotes around it.

I've done the same test in MSSQL and the following query works fine:


and it works fine

I've also been running the following with PHP and MYSQL and it works fine:

SELECT * FROM Products

so - is it the fact that my column is called "Groups" - or is this a generic MySQL thing?!

I'm very confused even though I have a work around.

I don't even have this special single quote on my keyboard which is the first challenge!!

Any ideas for a work-around?

Question by:Bergstr
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Accepted Solution

pcelba earned 2000 total points
ID: 39705988
GROUP is reserved word on MySQL and you should not use column names equal to reserved words unles you enclose such names into back apostrophes (backticks) ` (ASCII value 96) You may press Alt key and 96 on any keyboard to enter this character. The obvious key posotion is on the top left corner of the keyboard just below Esc key.

Another possibility is to copy this character by CTRL-C and paste it to given place by CTRL-V

BTW, MS SQL also offers quoted identifiers which are represented by square brackets.

You mey read more about MySQL quoted identifiers here: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/identifiers.html
So double quotes are an option.

Author Comment

ID: 39705999
Thought it might be something to do with the name! Just changed it from Group to ProductGroup and we are back to normality!

Thanks very much for the answer and the explanation!

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