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C client to load binary data to MySQL

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Hello:

I am trying to edit some C code I found in "The definitive guide to
using, programming, and administering MySQL" by Paul DuBois. This C
client program connects and then segfaults when the function load_image
is called. Would anyone be able to point me to what I might be doing
wrong?

Thanks in advance,
C Newbie
#include <mysql/mysql.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int load_image(MYSQL *conn)
{
FILE * pic;
char query[1024*100], buf[1024*10], *p;
unsigned int from_len;
int status;

if ((pic = fopen("./oreilly.gif", "r")) != NULL)
{
printf("Open command succeeded\n");
}
else
printf("Open command failed.\n");

sprintf(query, "INSERT INTO images VALUES (%d,'", 300);
p = query + strlen(query);
while ((from_len = fread(buf, 1, sizeof(buf), pic)) 0)
{
/* don't overrun end of query buffer! */
if (p + (2*from_len) + 3 query + sizeof(query))
{
fprintf(stderr, "image too big");
return(1);
}
p += mysql_escape_string(p, buf, from_len);
}
(void) strcpy(p, "')");
status = mysql_query(conn, query);
return(status);
}

main() {
MYSQL * mysql;
MYSQL_RES *res;
MYSQL_ROW row;
char *server = "localhost";
char *user = "user";
char *password = "password";
char *database = "db";
unsigned int i;
char * query = "SELECT * FROM table";
int fromImage;

if ((fromImage=load_image(mysql)) 0)
fprintf(stderr, "%d", fromImage);

if((mysql = mysql_init(NULL)) == NULL)
{
fprintf(stderr, "Cannot initialize MySQL");
exit(1);
}

/* Connect to database */
if (!mysql_real_connect(mysql, server,
user, password, database, 0, NULL, 0))
{
fprintf(stderr, "%s\n", mysql_error(mysql));
exit(0);
}

/* send SQL query */
if (mysql_real_query(mysql, query, strlen(query)))
{
fprintf(stderr, "%s\n", mysql_error(mysql));
exit(0);
}

// Process the result.
if((res = mysql_store_result(mysql)) == NULL)
{
fprintf(stderr, "mysql_store_result() failed");
exit(0);
}

while ((row = mysql_fetch_row(res)) != NULL)
{
for (i = 0; i < mysql_num_fields(res); i++)
{
if (i 0)
fputc ('\t', stdout);
printf("%s", row[i] != NULL ? row[i] : "NULL");
}
fputc ('\n', stdout);
}

if (mysql_errno(mysql) != 0)
fprintf(stderr, "mysql_fetch_row() failed");
else
printf("%lu rows returned\n", (unsigned long)
mysql_num_rows(res));

/* Release memory used to store results and close connection */
mysql_free_result(res);
mysql_close(mysql);
}
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Me Alone wrote:
Hello:

I am trying to edit some C code I found in "The definitive guide to
using, programming, and administering MySQL" by Paul DuBois. This C
client program connects and then segfaults when the function load_image
is called. Would anyone be able to point me to what I might be doing
wrong?

Thanks in advance,
C Newbie
#include <mysql/mysql.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int load_image(MYSQL *conn)
{
FILE * pic;
char query[1024*100], buf[1024*10], *p;
These 110K of data may be too big for your environment's stack.

Otherwise, where exactly does the fault occur?

--
Ian Collins.
Nov 4 '06 #2

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Me Alone <me@home.comwrote:
I am trying to edit some C code I found in "The definitive guide to
using, programming, and administering MySQL" by Paul DuBois. This C
client program connects and then segfaults when the function load_image
is called. Would anyone be able to point me to what I might be doing
wrong?
#include <mysql/mysql.h>
#include <stdio.h>
int load_image(MYSQL *conn)
{
FILE * pic;
char query[1024*100], buf[1024*10], *p;
unsigned int from_len;
int status;
if ((pic = fopen("./oreilly.gif", "r")) != NULL)
{
printf("Open command succeeded\n");
}
else
printf("Open command failed.\n");
Shouldn't you return, indicating failure, when opening the file fails?
If it failed you will be passing a NULL pointer to fread(). That might
result in a crash.
sprintf(query, "INSERT INTO images VALUES (%d,'", 300);
Why not simply use

strcpy( query, "INSERT INTO images VALUES (300,'");

That should do exactly the same.
p = query + strlen(query);
while ((from_len = fread(buf, 1, sizeof(buf), pic)) 0)
{
/* don't overrun end of query buffer! */
if (p + (2*from_len) + 3 query + sizeof(query))
From a nit-picky point of view this is not 100% correct - according
to the C standard you're only allowed to compare pointers pointing
witin the same object. But in case 'p + 2 * from_len + 3' is too
large this expression already points outside of 'query'. In order
not to violate this constraint you would need to e.g. use a counter
of how much you already have used of 'query' and compare to that.
But I don't think that this is the real problem..
{
fprintf(stderr, "image too big");
return(1);
}
p += mysql_escape_string(p, buf, from_len);
<OT because not related to C but MySQL>
The dicumentation recommends to use myqsl_real_escape_string() instead.
</OT>
}
(void) strcpy(p, "')");
Unless you want to use lint or a similar tool te '(void)' bit at the
start of the line is superfluous.
status = mysql_query(conn, query);
This, of course, assumes that 'conn' is a pointer to an open connection
to the database. I don't know what will happen if you pass it an invalid
pointer, one thing that could happen is a crash...

<OT>
The MySQL documentation explicitely states:
mysql_query() cannot be used for queries that contain binary data; you
should use mysql_real_query() instead. (Binary data may contain the \0
character, which mysql_query() interprets as the end of the query string.)
You should take that into consideration since it's rather likeley that
what's in a .gif file is binary data.
</OT>
return(status);
}
main() {
main() is suposed to return an int. And since you don't pass it arguments
make that

int main(void) {
MYSQL * mysql;
MYSQL_RES *res;
MYSQL_ROW row;
char *server = "localhost";
char *user = "user";
char *password = "password";
char *database = "db";
unsigned int i;
char * query = "SELECT * FROM table";
int fromImage;
if ((fromImage=load_image(mysql)) 0)
fprintf(stderr, "%d", fromImage);
And here's definitely a problem: you call your function for putting
the image into the database (load_image() seems to be a mis-nomer for
what the function does) before you ever opened a connection to it.
Depending on how mysql_query() handles that case (it probably can't
since 'mysql' contains some garbage data, not even necessarily NULL
which it could check for) that might be the most likely reason for
the segmentation fault.
Regards, Jens
--
\ Jens Thoms Toerring ___ jt@toerring.de
\__________________________ http://toerring.de
Nov 4 '06 #3

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Jens Thoms Toerring wrote:
Me Alone <me@home.comwrote:
<snip>
That should do exactly the same.
> p = query + strlen(query);
while ((from_len = fread(buf, 1, sizeof(buf), pic)) 0)
{
/* don't overrun end of query buffer! */
if (p + (2*from_len) + 3 query + sizeof(query))

From a nit-picky point of view this is not 100% correct - according
to the C standard you're only allowed to compare pointers pointing
witin the same object. But in case 'p + 2 * from_len + 3' is too
large this expression already points outside of 'query'.
However, by applying a little algebra we can get a test that does not
have this problem. Subtract query from both sides of the expression and
we get:
if ((p - query) + (2*from_len) + 3 sizeof(query))

This is valid on any implementation as long as both pointers are in to
the same object, the difference between them can be represented and we
don't have anything else causing an arithmetic overflow. Since one is
unlikely to be constructing a query string anywhere even close to 30000
characters long I would say this makes it safe for all implementations
without being any harder to read.
In order
not to violate this constraint you would need to e.g. use a counter
of how much you already have used of 'query' and compare to that.
But I don't think that this is the real problem..
I agree with you. However I don't see any good reason to leave this
unfixed seeing as the fix is so simple.

<snip>
> if ((fromImage=load_image(mysql)) 0)
fprintf(stderr, "%d", fromImage);

And here's definitely a problem: you call your function for putting
the image into the database (load_image() seems to be a mis-nomer for
<snip>

To the OP, if you need further help with the MySQL parts of this, such
as the load_image function and connecting to the database, please take
it to a suitable group, possibly one with mysql or database in its name,
or the MySQL mailing lists. This group is for discussing C, not the
myriads of third party libraries which have their own groups and mailing
lists.
--
Flash Gordon
Nov 4 '06 #4

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