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Old August 22nd, 2004, 10:15 PM
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Default $sql="CREATE TABLE syntax error

I create this file listed below but I am getting this error when I run it:

Can't create mp3_files table You have an error in your SQL syntax. Check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'Name VARCHAR, Artist VARCHAR , Release_Date date, Additional

The syntax looks good to me does someone see something that I am missing??


$host= "localhost";
$dbuser= "unsernamer";
$dbpass= "password";
$database= "mp3_db";
$table= "mp3_files";

$link= @mysql_connect($host, $dbuser, $dbpass)
or die ('I cannot connect to the database because: ' . mysql_error());

if (! @mysql_select_db($database,$link)){

mysql_query("CREATE DATABASE $database");

$sql="CREATE TABLE $table (
Song Name VARCHAR,
Artist VARCHAR ,
Release_Date date,
Additional_Notes VARCHAR,
Path VARCHAR )";

$query1 = mysql_query($sql);

if ($query1){
print "<p>$table table created</p>";
} else {
$error = 1;
echo("<p>Can't create $table table ". mysql_error() ."<p>");



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Old August 23rd, 2004, 04:27 AM
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If you want to put in fieldnames with spaces in them, you'll have to surround them with backticks (on the English-language versions of a PC keyboard, this is usually up in the top left hand corner of the keyboard - the one with the "¬" character on it). You'll also have to use backticks whenever you are working with that field in your code. If you use a tool like PHPMyAdmin, you'll probably see that it surrounds the naames of every database entity in backticks for that very reason.

Take it easy,
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Don't you also have to specify the size of a VARCHAR field?


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Old August 24th, 2004, 04:56 AM
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Hm, yes, you do. The actual error reported was generated by the space, but you're right; adding backticks would, indeed, have only allowed the CREATE statement to proceed on to that second comma before it bombed, again, well spotted.

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