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From: Michael Peppler <mpeppler at peppler dot org>
Subject: Re: Query re Sybase::CTlib's ct_sql returning alot of data
Date: Aug 16 2000 4:25PM
> I suppose this query is going directly to you Michael but I am interested if
> anyone else has experience in using ct_sql (or Simple's methods) to return
> large datasets
> In the document 'Sybperl 2.0: Using the Sybase::CTlib module'
> Michael Peppler states regarding the use of ct_sql in the section One Step
> This one step call is very useful for writing simple, clear code, but has
> one major drawback: the entire query result set is loaded into memory, which
> makes it unusable for processing large result sets.
> When you say unusable for large result sets, do you mean there is a problem
> with either ctlib or Sybase::CTlib when returning large result sets or that
> this would fail if you ran out of memory during the operation.
Well - if you're doing this:
my $data = $dbh->ct_sql("select * from my_huge_table");
and "my_huge_table" has 100 million rows then your script is going to
crash (unless you run in 64bit mode and have a huge address space...)
There's no internal limitation on ct_sql, or perl, apart from the
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