These functions allow you to access Oracle9, Oracle8 and Oracle7 databases. It uses the Oracle Call Interface (OCI).
This extension is more flexible than the old Oracle extension. It supports binding of global and local PHP variables to Oracle placeholders, has full LOB, FILE and ROWID support and allows you to use user-supplied define variables. You are recommended to use this extension instead of old Oracle extension where possible.
You will need the Oracle client libraries to use this extension. Windows users will need at least Oracle version 8.1 to use the php_oci8.dll dll.
Before using this extension, make sure that you have set up your Oracle environment variables properly for the Oracle user, as well as your web daemon user. The variables you might need to set are as follows:
After setting up the environment variables for your webserver user, be sure to also add the webserver user (nobody, www) to the oracle group.
If your webserver doesn't start or crashes at startup: Check that Apache is linked with the pthread library:
# ldd /www/apache/bin/httpd libpthread.so.0 => /lib/libpthread.so.0 (0x4001c000) libm.so.6 => /lib/libm.so.6 (0x4002f000) libcrypt.so.1 => /lib/libcrypt.so.1 (0x4004c000) libdl.so.2 => /lib/libdl.so.2 (0x4007a000) libc.so.6 => /lib/libc.so.6 (0x4007e000) /lib/ld-linux.so.2 => /lib/ld-linux.so.2 (0x40000000)
If the libpthread is not listed you have to reinstall Apache:
Please note that on some systems like UnixWare it is libthread instead of libpthread. PHP and Apache have to be configured with EXTRA_LIBS=-lthread.
You have to compile PHP with the option --with-oci8[=DIR], where DIR defaults to your environment variable ORACLE_HOME.
The constants below are defined by this extension, and will only be available when the extension has either been compiled into PHP or dynamically loaded at runtime.
Statement execution mode. Statement is not committed automatically when using this mode.
Statement execution mode. Use this mode if you don't want to really execute query, but only get select-list description.
Statement execution mode. Statement is automatically commited after oci_execute() call.
Statement fetch mode. Used when the application knows in advance exactly how many rows it will be fetching. This mode turns prefetching off for Oracle release 8 or later mode. Cursor is cancelled after the desired rows are fetched and may result in reduced server-side resource usage.
Used with oci_bind_by_name() when binding BFILEs.
Used with oci_bind_by_name() when binding CFILEs.
Used with oci_bind_by_name() when binding CLOBs.
Used with oci_bind_by_name() when binding BLOBs.
Used with oci_bind_by_name() when binding ROWIDs.
Used with oci_bind_by_name() when binding named data types.
The same as OCI_B_BFILE.
The same as OCI_B_CFILEE.
The same as OCI_B_CLOB.
The same as OCI_B_BLOB.
The same as OCI_B_ROWID.
The same as OCI_B_NTY.
Default mode of oci_fetch_all().
Alternative mode of oci_fetch_all().
Used with oci_fetch_array() to get empty array elements if field's value is NULL.
Used with oci_fetch_array() to get value of LOB instead of the descriptor.
This flag tells oci_new_descriptor() to initialize new FILE descriptor.
This flag tells oci_new_descriptor() to initialize new LOB descriptor.
This flag tells oci_new_descriptor() to initialize new ROWID descriptor.
The same as OCI_DTYPE_FILE.
The same as OCI_DTYPE_LOB.
The same as OCI_DTYPE_ROWID.
Example 1. OCI Hints
You can easily access stored procedures in the same way as you would from the commands line.
Example 2. Using Stored Procedures