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Bug #34681 MySQL double type loses trailing zeroes with mysqli prepared statements
Submitted: 2005-09-29 17:09 UTC Modified: 2005-10-03 15:36 UTC
From: adrian at fuzzee dot co dot uk Assigned: georg (profile)
Status: Not a bug Package: MySQLi related
PHP Version: 5CVS-2005-09-29 (cvs) OS: *
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2005-09-29 17:09 UTC] adrian at fuzzee dot co dot uk
With mysqli statements, a MySQL double loses trailing zeroes, so '0.000' becomes just '0' and '3.350' would become '3.35'. However, if you use regular mysqli queries (non prepared statements) the trailing zeroes are preserved... Obviously not a fatal bug, but an odd difference in behaviour.

Reproduce code:
	$sql = "SELECT 0.000 as number";
	$mysqli = new mysqli(...);
	$stmt = $mysqli->prepare($sql);
	echo "$number\n";

	$r = $mysqli->query($sql);
	$tmp = $r->fetch_array();
	echo "$tmp[0]\n";

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Actual result:


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 [2005-09-29 17:54 UTC]
By replacing the echo's with var_dump() calls, I get this:

array(2) {
  string(5) "0.000"
  string(5) "0.000"

So what you think is truncation is simply how PHP handles floats. Try "echo 0.00;" for example.

Assigned to Georg since this seems really inconsistent behaviour first. (perhaps just needs to be documented?)

 [2005-09-30 10:29 UTC]
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What MySQL Version do you use, which client library version?
 [2005-09-30 11:11 UTC]
I tested with these (mysql --version):

mysql  Ver 14.7 Distrib 4.1.13, for pc-linux-gnu (i686) using readline 4.3
mysql  Ver 14.7 Distrib 4.1.12, for pc-linux-gnu (i686) using readline 4.3

I don't know what you meant with 'client library version'.

 [2005-10-03 15:36 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

If you want to convert double value to a string, use MySQL 
cast function: SELECT CAST(1.234 AS CHAR) FROM DUAL 
While mysql_query uses a string based protocol (server 
sends all values as string), prepared statements use 
binary protocol, which was introduced in MySQL 4.1. That 
means numeric values will be transferred in binary 
representation and stored in PHP's corresponding data 
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