[Phpmyadmin-devel] about 'binary' attribute

Marc Delisle delislma at CollegeSherbrooke.qc.ca
Fri Feb 14 07:58:17 CET 2003

Rabus wrote:

> Hi Garvin, Marc & list,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Garvin Hicking
>>>I thing for blob it would be enough... In fact I don't know
>>>for what would I use small binary field but maybe somebody
>>>could need to put there some data and there is no other way
>>>than uploading...
>>I also would think it suffices to upload data to blob fields.
>>Maybe we could put in a configuration directive to enable
>>upload to binary fields disabled by default? So anybody who's
>>willing to clutter his interface with many upload-buttons, he
>>can make it so.
> Imho, we should make this configurable for the user.
> The easiest way would be to use $cfg['ProtectBinary'] to decide wheather
> we display the upload field or not.
> In this case, I'd suggest to display the upload box inside the reqular
> edit column, where now only display the message "Binary - do not edit (X
> Bytes)" - for cosmetical reasons, mainly: I currently have to scroll
> vertically in order to use the upload field.

Good idea, will you do it? :)

> By the way, what do we need this binary checkbox for?

To transform the data for a safer INSERT. But I don't know the impact
if we were transforming even the non-binary data.

> Additionally we could optionally let the user store information about
> wheather a fild should contain real binary data or not in the PMA
> database, e.g. in the same table that stores the column comments.
>>>Maybe it
>>>would be better to put uploading stuff on separate page and add on
>>>tbl_change (and maybe also on display_tbl where [binary] is being
>>>shown) only link to that.
>>I don't like the idea to split up the interface to another
>>part. I find it quite intuitive to have the upload stuff
>>where I want to alter or insert data. Linking to another page
>>is discomforting for me, and maybe also other users.
>>I think the 'edit' button on display_tbl should be enough to
>>alter the data. Another direct link - if I understand your
>>approach - to upload is in my opinion too cluttering.
> I fully agree with Garvin in this point
> Regards,
> Alexander M. Turek
> <alex at bugfixes.info>

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