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Bug #22761 nextId does not create the sequence within transaction
Submitted: 2003-03-18 06:38 UTC Modified: 2003-06-21 12:13 UTC
From: zubchenko at alarit dot com Assigned: ssb (profile)
Status: Not a bug Package: PEAR related
PHP Version: 4.3.0 OS: Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2003-03-18 06:38 UTC] zubchenko at alarit dot com
We are using PostrgreSQL 7.3 with PHP 4.2.3 in our project. We have discovered that when calling nextId with name of non-existent sequence we get NULL as result without any error. In pgAdmin all is fine. It happens only within transaction. Here is example of code:

//opening connection to DB with DB class

$res = $db->query('BEGIN');

if (DB::isError($res)) {
     die(trigger_error($res->getMessage() ." : ".$res->getUserInfo(),E_USER_ERROR));


$res = $db->query('COMMIT');

if (DB::isError($res)) {
     die(trigger_error($res->getMessage() ." : ".$res->getUserInfo(),E_USER_ERROR));

//closing connection

This code results in NULL output from debug and nothing else.


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 [2003-03-18 16:23 UTC] blair at squiz dot net
This has to do with PostgreSQL's mannerism of abortting 
a transaction when an error occurs and the error occurs 
when the 
    SELECT NEXTVAL('[seqname]');

gets called because the sequence does not exist.
Then when the DB object attempts to create the sequence
you get this msg :
    ERROR:  current transaction is aborted, queries 
    ignored until end of transaction block

The only way I have found around this is to make DB::createSequence() calls in my install script.

Anything else would mean making making a specific query for checking for each PostgreSQL version and checking that the sequence existed before calling it (I haven't found an easy way to check if a table/sequence exists). This could also be a performance hit when doing large data imports.
 [2003-04-28 03:57 UTC]
changing status (alan got me again ;)
 [2003-04-30 06:50 UTC]
i would also say that we leave things as they are an simply document this behavior accordingly.

the auto creation of sequences is more a "lazy" programmers feature that really a core requirement of nextId and therefore we should not make the code even more complex for this "lazy" programmers feature.
 [2003-06-21 12:13 UTC]
This is a documentation problem. We can't hang a transaction (and less even if you start it with $db->query('BEGIN'); instead of the DB methods), create the sequence and "unpause" the transaction.

The best way to do it without manually create the sequence before, would be:
$e = $db->createSequence('foo');
if (DB::isError($e) && $e->getCode() != DB_ALREADY_EXISTS) {
    die("unable to create sequence " . $e->getUserInfo());
// begin transaction and rest of code

Perhaps would be nice, if createSequence() does not return an error if the sequence already exist. FEATURE++
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