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mysql_field_seek — Jumps to a specific field in a MySQL query result.


bool mysql_field_seek(result_handle, field_offset);
mysql result result_handle: Result handle returned by mysql_db_query() or mysql_query()
int field_offset: Field offset to move to


TRUE on success; FALSE on error


mysql_field_seek() moves the internal pointer in a MySQL query result set to a specific field. Field offsets start at 0.

To be honest, this function is of very limited use. Only the mysql_fetch_field() function is affected by it, using the field offset set by mysql_field_seek() if a field offset is not specified in the call to mysql_fetch_field() .


PHP 3+, PHP 4+

See also

To move to a specific row in a result set:



Example 813. Use mysql_field_seek() in conjunction with mysql_fetch_field()

// Included code that connects to a MySQL server and sets a default database
// See the MySQL Functions chapter introduction for the source code for the file
include ('');

// A SELECT query using a column name and a few functions
$query = "SELECT login, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(), NOW() FROM user";

// Run the query
$mysql_result = @ mysql_query ($query)
    or die ("Query '$query' failed with error message: \"" . mysql_error () . '"');

// Grab information on every other field in the result set
// Display the object containing field information
for ($offset = 0; $offset < mysql_num_fields ($mysql_result); $offset += 2) {
   mysql_field_seek ($mysql_result, $offset);
   print_r (mysql_fetch_field ($mysql_result));

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