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ifx_create_blob — Creates a BLOB object


int ifx_create_blob(type, mode, pointer);
int type: BLOB type
int mode: BLOB object mode
string pointer: Pointer location


BLOB object identifier or FALSE on error


Creates an blob object. BLOB's a renormally addressed by an object identifier which actually a pointer the the object iteself. This function creates the link between the BLOB and the file that is BLOB type is to contain.

The type paramter can be either 1 indicating TEXT data or 0 indicating BYTE data. The mode parameter can be either 0 indicating that the BLOB object holds the content in memory, or 1 indicating that the BLOB object holds the content in file.

If mode is set to 0, parameter must be a pointer to the content. Otherwise if mode is set to 1, the value for parameter must be a pointer to the filestring.


Since version 3.0.4 and 4.0


Example 558. Create a text and a byte BLOB

$db = ifx_connect("stores7@ol","informix","informix");

$text = "This is a very large amoutn of text data. Well, it could be :)";

// create param id for first blob column
$tid = ifx_create_blob(0, 0, $text);
// create param id for second blob column
$bid = ifx_create_blob(0, 1, "/tmp/data.bin");

// store both param ids in the param param array
$paramarray[0] = $tid;
$paramarray[1] = $bid;

// insert 
$query = "insert into testparams values (0, ?, ?)";                             
$result = do_query($query, $db, $paramarray);


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