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Unable to fetch empty string with ODBC driver #6690

monetdb-team opened this issue Nov 30, 2020 · 0 comments

Unable to fetch empty string with ODBC driver #6690

monetdb-team opened this issue Nov 30, 2020 · 0 comments


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Date: 2019-03-08 17:42:48 +0100
From: jpastuszek
To: clients devs <>
Version: 11.31.13 (Aug2018-SP2)

Last updated: 2019-04-30 12:36:04 +0200

Comment 26917

Date: 2019-03-08 17:42:48 +0100
From: jpastuszek

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.14; rv:66.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/66.0
Build Identifier:

ODBC SQLGetData call for empty string returns SQL_NO_DATA instead of empty string (buffer of "\0" or "\0\0" (UTF-16)) and SQL_SUCCESS result.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. Query "SELECT ''" and fetch
  2. Call SQLGetData for column 1 and type SQL_C_CHAR

Actual Results:

Returned result is SQL_NO_DATA

Expected Results:

Returned result is SQL_SUCCESS and buffer is filled with one NULL byte (two NULL bytes for WCHAR case).

Probably the check if (irdrec->already_returned >= datalen) { will be true for first call of SQLGetData on empty string as both values will be 0. SQL_NO_DATA is returned immediately and copyString will not be called in this case.

My client works correctly with SQL Server. Documentation ( says "Returns SQL_NO_DATA if it has already returned all of the data for the column." which would suggest that SQL_NO_DATA should not be returned for the first time the SQLGetData is called.

Comment 26918

Date: 2019-03-08 18:30:01 +0100
From: MonetDB Mercurial Repository <>

Changeset 13337bea12f3 made by Sjoerd Mullender in the MonetDB repo, refers to this bug.

For complete details, see https//devmonetdborg/hg/MonetDB?cmd=changeset;node=13337bea12f3

Changeset description:

First time fetching data for a column, return it, even if zero length.
Fix for bug #6690.

Comment 26919

Date: 2019-03-08 18:31:19 +0100
From: @sjoerdmullender

You completely nailed the problem. Fix was therefore easy.

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