PHP and MySQL 5 bit fields

While debugging some PHP code the other night I came across a particularly strange problem with MySQL Bit fields.

I was returning a query with some bit fields into my class but the it was not returning true or false when I switched the data.

A bit of hunting and it turned out the that it was being returned as a binary type and after a few failed attempts to convert it to an integer or boolean on the PHP side I found this bug report on it.

So the moral of the story is if you are selecting BIT types from a mysql DB in PHP don’t do this:

FROM tbl_example
WHERE id = 1

Instead cast the bit to an integer in MySQL like so:

SELECT CAST(myBit AS unsigned integer) AS myBit,
FROM tbl_example
WHERE id = 1

Voila, it works like expected.

Mark Lynch

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