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Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006


(PHP 4 >= 4.2.0, PHP 5)

pg_field_size --  Returns the internal storage size of the named field


int pg_field_size ( resource result, int field_number )

pg_field_size() returns the internal storage size (in bytes) of the field number in the given PostgreSQL result.

Note: This function used to be called pg_fieldsize().



PostgreSQL query result resource, returned by pg_query(), pg_query_params() or pg_execute() (among others).


Field number, starting from 0.

Return Values

The internal field storage size (in bytes). -1 indicates a variable length field. FALSE is returned on error.


Example 1. Getting information about fields

  $dbconn = pg_connect("dbname=publisher") or die("Could not connect");

  $res = pg_query($dbconn, "select * from authors where author = 'Orwell'");
  $i = pg_num_fields($res);
  for ($j = 0; $j < $i; $j++) {
      echo "column $j\n";
      $fieldname = pg_field_name($res, $j);
      echo "fieldname: $fieldname\n";
      echo "printed length: " . pg_field_prtlen($res, $fieldname) . " characters\n";
      echo "storage length: " . pg_field_size($res, $j) . " bytes\n";
      echo "field type: " . pg_field_type($res, $j) . " \n\n";

The above example will output:

column 0
fieldname: author
printed length: 6 characters
storage length: -1 bytes
field type: varchar 

column 1
fieldname: year
printed length: 4 characters
storage length: 2 bytes
field type: int2 

column 2
fieldname: title
printed length: 24 characters
storage length: -1 bytes
field type: varchar

Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006