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Bug #31428 Useless results from mssql_get_last_message()
Submitted: 2005-01-06 16:58 UTC Modified: 2005-03-24 23:27 UTC
Avg. Score:4.8 ± 0.4
Reproduced:6 of 6 (100.0%)
Same Version:0 (0.0%)
Same OS:3 (50.0%)
From: klaus dot kuehne at gga-hannover dot de Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: MSSQL related
PHP Version: 4.3.10 OS: Windows XP Server
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2005-01-06 16:58 UTC] klaus dot kuehne at gga-hannover dot de

in many cases, mssql_get_last_message() delivers useless results, which are differing from the original SQL Server messages. An example:
$ret = mssql_query("insert into TAB (KEY) values (13)", $con);
if (!$ret) {
   $errtxt = mssql_get_last_message();

if value 13 already exists in the unique indexed column KEY of TAB, $errtxt will be set to "Die Anweisung wurde beendet" (in german, translated to english like "statement aborted"). Instead of this, one could expect the message "Cannot insert duplicate key row in object ... with unique index ..." (Code = 2601).

This occurs in many other cases, too. In other cases (e. g. SQL-access failed caused by missing user rights on the table), mssql_get_last_message() delivers an empty string, even if the return code of mssql_query() is FALSE. 

What ist the reason for mhis?


Klaus K?hne, GGA Institute Hannover, Germany


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 [2005-02-02 01:00 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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 [2005-03-24 13:00 UTC] shuleux at datix dot co dot uk
We are getting the same results with the latest win32 CVS snapshot.  When MS SQL returns an error message on more than one line, mssql_get_last_message() only returns the last line of the error message.  For example, inserting a duplicate row into a table gives the following error message with display_errors turned on:

Cannot insert duplicate key row in object 'INCIDENTS_REPORT' with unique index 'INC_INDX'.
The statement has been terminated.

mssql_get_last_message(), however, gives only the following error message:

The statement has been terminated.

The correct behaviour of mssql_get_last_message() should be to return the whole error message, not just the last line.


Sebastien Huleux
 [2005-03-24 23:27 UTC]
The function is called mssql_get_last_message() for a reason. It returns the last message from the server. In this case the server returns multiple messages and only the last is returned. The internal message handler is called once for each message issued by the server, this causes the printing of multiple lines. Omly the last message is stored.
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