[erlang-bugs] erlang/odbc <-> ms-sql error with 'uniqueidentifiers' (aka GUIDs): ODBC_UNSUPPORTED_TYPE

Hynek Vychodil <>
Mon Dec 12 15:14:57 CET 2011


Hi,

So in other words keep it in binary and split as needed?

ei_x_encode_binary(&dynamic_buffer(state), (const void
*)column.buffer, sizeof(SQLGUID));

and in erlang you can do what you want. I think GUID is mostly used as
opaque reference like ref in erlang so I would also prefer let it be
as binary. It is simple, fast and least memory consuming.

Regards
Hynek

On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM, Ingela Anderton Andin
<> wrote:
> Hi!
>
> I probably  am not the best person to comment on this as I do not use
> SQL-databases very much and do not know how GUIDs are used.  Maybe someone
> else can help me out? Generally if you should convert  the value it would
> probably be easier to do the conversion in the erlang-code and always let
> the c-code get what it expects.
>
> Regards Ingela Erlang/OTP-team  -Ericsson AB
>
>
> Boris Mühmer wrote:
>>
>> Well, maybe I will be able to do such a user-contribution, because
>> either I get it running, find another way to access the Microsoft SQL
>> server from Erlang, or drop Erlang/OTP (nothing I want to do).
>>
>> I started to have a closer look at "odbcserver.c". My first success
>> was to get a SELECT query with a GUID "working".
>>
>> My question now is: what would be the "best" Erlang representation for a
>> GUID?
>>
>> The C structure behind a GUID is (found in "sqltypes.h"):
>>    typedef struct  tagSQLGUID
>>    {
>>        DWORD Data1;
>>        WORD Data2;
>>        WORD Data3;
>>        BYTE Data4[ 8 ];
>>    } SQLGUID;
>>
>> For my 1st hack I used the following statements to transform this
>> struct to an Erlang tuple:
>>        psg = (SQLGUID*)column.buffer;
>>        ei_x_encode_tuple_header(&dynamic_buffer(state), 4);
>>        ei_x_encode_ulong(&dynamic_buffer(state), psg->Data1);
>>        ei_x_encode_ulong(&dynamic_buffer(state), psg->Data2);
>>        ei_x_encode_ulong(&dynamic_buffer(state), psg->Data3);
>>        ei_x_encode_tuple_header(&dynamic_buffer(state), 8);
>>        for(i=0; i<8; i++){
>>            ei_x_encode_char(&dynamic_buffer(state), psg->Data4[i]);
>>        }
>>
>> For example, this conversion results in:
>>    19BCB12A-E6D1-4E58-A841-30F794C614FA =>
>>        {{431796522,59089,20056,{168,65,48,247,148,198,20,250}}
>>
>>    703F9C47-F1B9-407E-847D-34840AC1E346 =>
>>        {1883216967,61881,16510,{132,125,52,132,10,193,227,70}}
>>
>> Somewhat odd to see how the C struct looks and how Microsoft "displays" a
>> GUID.
>>
>> Should the Erlang representation be changed? Currently, I don't care
>> about how it is displayed; of course it would be nice to see something
>> more similar to the Microsoft way, on the other hand, it must't be
>> converted back in the c-driver. Would be a bit-string better? Or just
>> use a 128 Bit value?
>>
>> I really like to get some input on this.
>>
>>
>>  - boris
>>
>>
>> 2011/12/9 Ingela Anderton Andin <>:
>>
>>>
>>> Hi!
>>>
>>> It seems to be a missing feature. Support for the data_type SQL_GUID is
>>> not
>>> implemented.
>>> I do not think it would be all that hard to implement but will not be
>>> highly
>>> prioritized by Ericsson.
>>> Maybe somebody would like to make a user-contribution?! You should start
>>> looking at the
>>> funtion encode_data_type in odbcserver.c
>>>
>>> Regards Ingela Erlang/OTP team - Ericsson AB
>>>
>>> Boris Mühmer wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> I try to connect to one of our companies Microsoft SQL databases using
>>>> Erlang/OTP R14B04 running on an Ubuntu 10.04 64 Bit installation
>>>> (using the FreeTDS drivers from the Ubuntu repositories).
>>>>
>>>> The problem I have is, that the Erlang ODBC module can't handle
>>>> 'uniqueidentifier' (aka GUID) fields in tables. For example a 'select
>>>> *' doesn't work, but when I only select the non-uniqueidentifier
>>>> fields from the same table it works.
>>>>
>>>> On the other hand, when I use the "isql" (commandline-)tool with the
>>>> same ODBC connection, I don't get any errors.
>>>>
>>>> So I would say that something within the Erlang ODBC module is broken
>>>> (I believe it is in "odbcserver.c").
>>>>
>>>> Is this a known bug, or did I miss anything?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Boris
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