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I want to select a MySQL database to use after a PHP PDO object has already been created. How do I do this?

// create PDO object and connect to MySQL
$dbh = new PDO( 'mysql:host=localhost;', 'name', 'pass' );

// create a database named 'database_name'

// select the database we just created ( this does not work )
$dbh->select_db( 'database_name' );

Is there a PDO equivalent to mysqli::select_db?

Perhaps I'm trying to use PDO improperly? Please help or explain.


Should I not be using PDO to create new databases? I understand that the majority of benefits from using PDO are lost on a rarely used operation that does not insert data like CREATE DATABASE, but it seems strange to have to use a different connection to create the database, then create a PDO connection to make other calls.



Typically you would specify the database in the DSN when you connect. But if you're creating a new database, obviously you can't specify that database the DSN before you create it.

You can change your default database with the USE statement:

$dbh = new PDO("mysql:host=...;dbname=mysql", ...);

$dbh->query("create database newdatabase");

$dbh->query("use newdatabase");

Subsequent CREATE TABLE statements will be created in your newdatabase.

Re comment from @Mike:

When you switch databases like that it appears to force PDO to emulate prepared statements. Setting PDO::ATTR_EMULATE_PREPARES to false and then trying to use another database will fail.

I just did some tests and I don't see that happening. Changing the database only happens on the server, and it does not change anything about PDO's configuration in the client. Here's an example:


// connect to database
try {
    $pdo = new PDO('mysql:host=huey;dbname=test', 'root', 'root');
    $pdo->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_EMULATE_PREPARES, false);
} catch(PDOException $err) {

$stmt = $pdo->prepare("select * from foo WHERE i = :i");
$result = $stmt->execute(array("i"=>123));

$pdo->exec("use test2");

$stmt = $pdo->prepare("select * from foo2 WHERE i = :i AND i = :i");
$result = $stmt->execute(array("i"=>456));

If what you're saying is true, then this should work without error. PDO can use a given named parameter more than once only if PDO::ATTR_EMULATE_PREPARES is true. So if you're saying that this attribute is set to true as a side effect of changing databases, then it should work.

But it doesn't work -- it gets an error "Invalid parameter number" which indicates that non-emulated prepared statements remains in effect.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

It seems that PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_FOUND_ROWS is a mysql connection option. Thus, it works only as PDO connection option as well. So, set it up this way

$opt  = array(
    // you may wish to set other options as well
$this->_db = new PDO($dsn,DB_USER,DB_PASS,$opt);
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago
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Monday, August 9, 2021
answered 3 Months ago

Your PDO is configured to emulate prepared queries, whereas mysqli is using true prepared queries.

The prepared query binds the string ''1'' as an integer parameter value. PHP coerces it to an integer using something like intval(). Any string with non-numeric leading characters is interpreted as 0 by PHP, so the parameter value sent after prepare is the value 0.

The fake prepared query uses string interpolation (instead of binding) to add the string ''1'' into the SQL query before MySQL parses it. But the result is similar, because SQL also treats a string with non-numeric leading characters in an integer context as the value 0.

The only difference is what ends up in the general query log when the parameter is bound before prepare versus after prepare.

You can also make PDO use real prepared queries, so it should act just like mysqli in this case:

$dbh->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_EMULATE_PREPARES, false);

PS: This may demonstrate a good reason why it's customary to start id values at 1 instead of 0.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
answered 3 Months ago
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