Re: [gnome-db] libgda cursor support

On 5/25/07, Murray Cumming <murrayc murrayc com> wrote:
I believe that libgda theoretically allows the use of cursors instead of
getting the whole query result at once. I don't know what API would
actually be used for this - an example would be nice.

But I don't think that any of the libgda providers actually implement
this. Does anyone have plans to do this, or can anyone suggest how it
should be done? This seems to be the relevant bug:

The default is if you don't specify a data access method, then a
random access data model is returned (possibly consuming a lot of mem)
which allows random access and  of course cursor access.

If you want a data model which is based on cursors only (no random
access then), you need to set a parameter named "ITER_MODEL_ONLY" of
type boolean to TRUE which is given to the
gda_connection_execute_command() family functions as the @params
attribute. The same is true for the gda_query_execute() function.

This function then in the end calls
gda_server_provider_execute_command() which is passed the same @params
list of parameters. Each DBMS provider is then free to treat that
parameter or ignore it (as is currently the case). If a provider
chooses to honor that request, then the associated data model needs to
be improved to support cursor based nabigation (for example for
PostgreSQL, the GdaPostgresRecordset object needs to be modified).

I could provide a sample implementation using for instance PostgeSQL
or SQLite if you want, but not right away as I'm currently doing
something else (working on a gda-sql command line tool similar to
psql). However this is next on my TODO list.



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