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Closing the MySQL connection

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Hi there.

 

Would I be right in believing that one should close a MySQL connection after one has finished using it? eg if your page adds members to database, at the beginning of the page you would open the connection, then you would carry out the relevent quieries, then, finally, close the connection?

 

If so, is the following possible?

 

Store all the database info (username, password etc) in db.inc.php. Also put in this file the command to open the DB connection.

 

In the file footer.inc.php (which would be added to all pages on the site) have a test to see if a DB connection is open, and if so, close it.

 

Is this possible? Can one test for an open connection? (if so, how? :) )

 

Secondly, is this the most efficient way of doing this. The site I have in mind will be making very frequent use of the database; is it possible (and advisable) to keep the DB connection open?

 

Sorry if this sounds complicated, or just non-sensical. Thanks in advance for your help

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What you suggest is very possible and good practice.

I can confirm that including connection and closing statements works well.

 

I am only just now assessing the impact of user sessions and open connections.

 

I have had a look at a PHP reference book and cannot find any way of testing the connection, yet.

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Thanks Michael.

 

Just found this in the php manual:

 

Using mysql_close() isn\'t usually necessary, as non-persistent open links are automatically closed at the end of the script\'s execution

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Good job.

 

I usually include a mysql_close() footer anyway, so I can add other footer information along with it (html anchors etc.).

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