[CDBI] Is standard idiom for transactions really safe?

Perrin Harkins perrin at elem.com
Thu Mar 2 16:10:13 GMT 2006

Phil Mitchell wrote:
> connect_cached *tries* to return the same dbh, but
> afaik can't guarantee it. And in the rare event that dbh changes in the
> middle of a transaction, the new dbh will not have AutoCommit turned off.

That would be a very rare event.  It is possible, but would involve 
either your code cutting the connection after changing AutoCommit, or 
the database server failing at just the right point for just the right 
amount of time, and in way that mysql_auto_reconnect can't deal with. 
If you're really worried about it, you could create a global 
"TRANSACTION_ACTIVE" flag, and modify Ima::DBI to throw an exception 
instead of reconnecting if it sees that.

- Perrin

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