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dba_fetch — Fetches a value from a db file.


mixed dba_fetch(key, dba_handle);
string key: Key to fetch
resource dba_handle: Resource handle returned by dba_handle()


The key on success; FALSE otherwise


dba_fetch() gets the value associated with a given key from a db file. If the key and value can be found, the function returns the value. The function returns FALSE for all other cases.


PHP Version: 3.0.8+, 4.0b2+

See also

To check whether a key exists



Example 213. Fetch a value from a db file

$db_file = '/tmp/drinks.db';
$dba_handle = dba_open ($db_file, 'n', 'db2')
    or die ("File <i>$db_file</i> could not be opened, does not exist, or is not a db file.");

$key = 'geeks';
$value = dba_fetch ($key, $dba_handle);

if ($value !== FALSE)
    echo "The favorite drink of $key is $value.";
    echo "Key <i>$key</i> could not be found in db file <i>$db_file</i>.";


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