Transitioning to PDO/MySQL.  Need help with importing file from URL

Posted on 2014-12-18
Last Modified: 2014-12-19
How do I make this file compatible with PDO.  I am getting the following error...

Fatal error: Cannot access empty property (on this line - $conn->$filename="";)

$conn = new PDO("mysql:host=$host;dbname=$db;charset=$charset", $user, $pass);



//rebs,rebe,spec,os&time= . $time . ";
//open the file
$handle = fopen($filename, "r");
//this is what causes it to skip

//begin looping through the lines
while (($data = fgetcsv($handle, ",")) !== FALSE)

// loop all column values and escape special characters
 foreach ($data as $key => $value){
  $data[$key] = mysql_real_escape_string($value);

echo ".$data[0].";


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Question by:lawrence_dev
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quizwedge earned 167 total points
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I might be missing something, but why are you doing $conn->$filename= instead of just $filename=? Doesn't look like you're trying to use $conn->$filename anywhere else.

Also, for fopen, do you have allow_url_fopen set to true?

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quizwedge, Thanks!  I attempted to manipulate the code several different ways to make it work.  I viewed the page your posted above and cannot make heads or tails of it.    If someone could show me how to do it, that would be great.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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@quizwedge is right, it should be just $filename without $conn-> in front of it.
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Try running

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That should print to the screen a bunch of information, part of which should be allow_url_fopen. In order to use fopen with a URL, that should be on. Assuming it's on, you should be able to do something similar to

$conn = new PDO("mysql:host=$host;dbname=$db;charset=$charset", $user, $pass);


//open the file
$handle = fopen($filename, "r");

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Hope that helps.
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by:Ray Paseur
Ray Paseur earned 166 total points
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This line of code instantiates a new PDO object and assigns a pointer in $conn that points to the new object.

$conn = new PDO("mysql:host=$host;dbname=$db;charset=$charset", $user, $pass);

To understand what a PDO object is and does, you might want to read the manual about PDO.  There you will find the methods and properties you can expect to find in a PDO object.

To read a file from an external URL, you can often use file_get_contents().  To read the file as an array, separated on the line-endings you can use file().  To read the file incrementally as a set of numerically indexed arrays suitable for importing into a "quick-hack" database you can use fopen() and fgetcsv().

This is probably something we have all done before - read a flat file and put some of the data into a database table.  If you want to post the CREATE TABLE statement and a small sample of your test data set, we can easily show you a tested and working example, complete with explanatory comments.

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