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Comments System not Working...


Time: I come from the past. O.o
I want people to be able to add comments to my weblog, but I can't figure out why I can't update MySQL tables for it to work. I've spent quite a while working on this, but am unable to get it to work. Skip the next section if you don't care about specs.

I used HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.3.25, Javascript (very minimal), and MySQL 5.1.68 in my blog so the code was minimal, only needing to put the blog entry into MySQL. It runs on Apache 2.2.2 and I do not have control over the server physically, I can only access it through cPanel.

The only way I can add or remove any table entries is through PHPMyAdmin. I know that I should be able to add entries to MySQL from the weblog on the host that I'm using, but I don't really know SQL the best, so I can't quite be sure that I'm doing it correctly. there might be a problem in the PHP too, but I don't think so.

Here's the code. (This is for adding blog entries) The database is named "a_database", the table is named "Entries", and the host is or "localhost".
Form code:
<form method="post" action="submit.php">
ID: <input type="text" name="id"><br>
Date: <input type="text" name="date"><br>
Time: <input type="text" name="time"><br>
Title: <input type="text" name="title"><br>
Link: <input type="text" name="link"><br>
Content: <textarea name="content" cols="100" rows="10"></textarea><br>
Search: <textarea name="search" cols="100" rows="10"></textarea><br>
<input type="submit" value="Submit">
PHP code (submit.php):

$id = $_POST["id"];
$date = $_POST["date"];
$time = $_POST["time"];
$title = $_POST["title"];
$link = $_POST["link"];
$content = $_POST["content"];
$search = $_POST["search"];

$con = mysql_connect("localhost","*uname*,"*pword*");
if (!$con)
	die('Could not connect: ' . mysql_error());

mysql_select_db("a_database", $con);

$query = "INSERT INTO a_database.Entries VALUES ( " . $id . ", '" . $date . "', '" . $time . "', '" . $title . "', '" . $link . "', '" . $content . "', '" . $search . "' )";
$result = @mysql_query( $query );

echo("I dont think there are any problems?");

Sorry, I had deleted the comments submission code before I thought about asking here. The script above is called on form submission.

Thanks for any help!

1. Luftballon

$query = "INSERT INTO a_database.Entries VALUES ( " . $id . ", '" . $date . "', '" . $time . "', '" . $title . "', '" . $link . "', '" . $content . "', '" . $search . "' )";
$result = @mysql_query( $query );
please don't do this, use parameterised queries or something to that effect, but really please don't interpolate arbunsafe strings into ... um anything, really, anything that's going anywhere. also read this, I'd appreciate if everyone using php read this, but even if you don't, at least read the other two links and pdo docs.

more pertinent, really don't suppress your errors (that's still what @ does in php, right). if something is going wrong you want to know what's going wrong; quiet failure is ... a bug, unless that's what you really want to do (it's not).

offhand, I'd guess there could be a problem is with specifying a_database in the query; but I haven't dealt with databases not sqlite so I'm likely to be wrong.

if you take out the error-suppression, it would probably tell you, though.

Sorry, I had deleted the comments submission code before I thought about asking here. The script above is called on form submission.
source control helps. this is an okay introduction, I think.


Time: I come from the past. O.o
Thanks. Actually that code there was made all the way from when I started the website, but I never uploaded it so it was never updated to prevent SQL injection. I really do not like PHP, but it's really the best I can do for a web platform for now. I mean, I'm still fixing things here and there, and it's really annoying how every update breaks 40 commands and adds 45 new commands. I never knew there was a CGI wrapper for C, so when I get the time, I'm going to rewrite in C or WebPy. Also, I never realized that I put the @ there before, so I'll remove it. I typically hate suppression and such.
Thanks for the help and everything. I read all the links, and I do agree with the one against PHP. By the way... is there something like web.py for C but not a wrapper? I don't appreciate wrappers very much.