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Old 11-19-2008, 10:16 AM   #1
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Perl: Want to compare CGI input with data from a MySQL table

I have this program:
#! /usr/bin/perl

use DBI ;
use strict ;

use CGI ;
my ($cgi) = new CGI ;

my (@param) = $cgi->param("firstname","lastname","type") ;

my ($dsn)="DBI:mysql:dr:localhost";
my ($user_name) = "fubar" ;
my ($password) = "secret" ;
my ($dbh,$sth) ;
my (@ary) ;

$dbh = DBI->connect ($dsn, $user_name, $password, { RaiseError => 1 });

$sth=$dbh->prepare ("SELECT firstname,lastname,type FROM dts WHERE firstname LIKE $param[0] AND lastname LIKE $param[1] and type LIKE $param[2]" );

$sth->execute ();

and I get this error simply running the program from the command line:

DBD::mysql::st execute failed: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near '' at line 1 at ./submit.cgi line 24.

My question is: is this the right syntax to use, both, for this line:

my (@param) = $cgi->param("firstname","lastname","type") ;

as well as this one:

$sth=$dbh->prepare ("SELECT firstname,lastname,type FROM dts WHERE firstname LIKE $param[0] AND lastname LIKE $param[1] and type LIKE $param[2]" );

or should there be quotes around the $param[0] or something? (also is it $param[0] or $param(0)?)

Old 11-20-2008, 07:58 AM   #2
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Check your syntax

Right off, I notice that you aren't quoting strings:

$sth=$dbh->prepare (qq{SELECT firstname,lastname,type FROM dts 
                       WHERE firstname LIKE "$param[0]" AND 
                             lastname LIKE "$param[1]" AND 
                             type LIKE "$param[2]"} );
You're also using LIKE with no variable (% is wildcard)


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