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dbase_delete_record — Marks a record for deletion.


bool dbase_delete_record(dbf_identifier, record);
int dbf_identifier: dbf identifier
int record: Record (Row) number to delete


TRUE if the row can be flagged for deletion; otherwise FALSE


dbase_delete_record() marks a record referenced by dbf_identifier() for deletion from the dbf file. The next time that dbase_pack() is called, the record will be removed from the file.

Records marked for deletion will have the special deleted field set to a value of 1.


PHP Version: 3+, 4+


Example 225. Mark a record that contains a given value for deletion

# Path to dbf file
$db_file = '/tmp/sushi_eaten.dbf';

# Set the search term
$term = 'Inari';

# Set the field to search
$key = 'name';

# Open dbf file for reading and writing
$id = @ dbase_open ($db_file, 2)
    or die ("Could not open dbf file <i>$db_file</i>."); 

# Find the number of rows in the dbf file
$num_rows = dbase_numrecords ($id);

# Loop through the entries in the dbf file
# Look for the one where the name field is set to inari
for ($i=1; $i <= $num_rows; $i++)
    $field = dbase_get_record_with_names ($id, $i);
    if (trim ($field[$key]) == $term)
        print "Search term <i>$term</i> found in record $i.  Flagging record for deletion...\n";

        if (dbase_delete_record ($id, $i))
            print "Record $i successfully flagged for deletion.\n\n";
            break; # Exit the loop

print "----------Looking for entries flagged for deletion----------\n\n";

# Loop through the entries in the dbf file
# Show entries where the delete field is set to 1
for ($i=1; $i <= $num_rows; $i++)
    $field = dbase_get_record_with_names ($id, $i);
    if ($field['deleted'])
        print "Record $i is flagged for deletion.\n";

# close the dbf file
dbase_close ($id);

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