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Opened 17 months ago

Last modified 17 months ago

#51207 new defect (bug)

wpdb query returns incorrect value for update ( using mysql )

Reported by: eadumbire Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 5.5
Component: Database Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


According to the docblock for query() function in wp-db.php , the expected return value should be...

@return int|bool Boolean true for CREATE, ALTER, TRUNCATE and DROP queries. Number of rows affected/selected for all other queries. Boolean false on error.

However, when evaluating the code for actual behavior, the wpdb->query function returns -1 during an UPDATE, if no rows are updated, even if there is no error.

One way to replicate this is, using a fully featured modern IDE:
1) set a conditional break-point on the first line of wpdb->query function, to catch any update operation. I used the condition below:
(‌‌strpos($query, 'UPDATE') === 0)

2) With live-debugging enabled for your WordPress website, visit the edit page for any post and save/publish without making any changes.

3) Step through the code to reach the line where the return value is set.( line 1978-1984 on Worpdress 5.5 )

// Return number of rows affected.
	$return_val = $this->rows_affected; 

4) note the value ( for me it's consistently -1, provided that the update is performed without altering any data.

This bug makes it difficulty to rely on the returned value of the wpdb function on update operations, if we want to apply any error messaging or handling logic.

Change History (1)

#1 @eadumbire
17 months ago

  • Summary changed from wpdb query returns incorrect value for update on mysql to wpdb query returns incorrect value for update ( using mysql )
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