3.10 DataBuf Objects

DataBuf objects manage buffers which are used to hold data to be sent to and received from the server.

DataBuf objects contain an embedded Sybase CS_DATAFMT structure and allocated buffers suitable for binding the contained data to Sybase-CT API functions.

When constructed from native Python or Sybase data types a buffer is created for a single value. When created using a CS_DATAFMT object the count attribute is used to allocate buffers suitable for array binding. A count of zero is treated the same as 1.

The DataBuf objects have the same attributes as a CS_DATAFMT object but the attributes which describe the memory are read only and cannot be modified.

attribute type read only?
name string no
datatype int yes
format int no
maxlength int yes
scale int yes
precision int yes
status int no
count int yes
usertype int yes
strip int no

In addition the DataBuf object behaves like a fixed length mutable sequence.

Adapted from Sybase.py, this is how you create a set of buffers suitable for retrieving a number of rows from the server:

def row_bind(cmd, count = 1):
    status, num_cols = cmd.ct_res_info(CS_NUMDATA)
    if status != CS_SUCCEED:
        raise 'ct_res_info'
    bufs = []
    for i in range(num_cols):
        status, fmt = cmd.ct_describe(i + 1)
        if status != CS_SUCCEED:
            raise 'ct_describe'
        fmt.count = count
        status, buf = cmd.ct_bind(i + 1, fmt)
        if status != CS_SUCCEED:
            raise 'ct_bind'
    return bufs

Then once the rows have been fetched, this is how you extract the data from the buffers:

def fetch_rows(cmd, bufs):
    rows = []
    status, rows_read = cmd.ct_fetch()
    if status == CS_SUCCEED:
        for i in range(rows_read):
            row = []
            for buf in bufs:
    return rows

To send a parameter to a dynamic SQL command or a stored procedure you are likely to create a DataBuf object directly from the value you wish to send. For example:

if cmd.ct_command(CS_RPC_CMD, 'sp_help', CS_NO_RECOMPILE) != CS_SUCCEED:
    raise 'ct_command'
buf = DataBuf('sysobjects')
buf.status = CS_INPUTVALUE
if cmd.ct_param(buf)  != CS_SUCCEED:
    raise 'ct_param'
if cmd.ct_send() != CS_SUCCEED:
    raise 'ct_send'

Note that it is your responsibility to make sure that the buffers are not deallocated before you have finished using them. If you are not careful you will get a segmentation fault.