[freetds] AS clause in 8.0

James K. Lowden jklowden at freetds.org
Tue Mar 27 22:41:32 EDT 2012

On Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:55:09 -0400
Richard Stevens <bitwizard at skybest.com> wrote:

> It seems that somewhere between FreeTDS and PHP, it is determined
> that if there is no function, then the column name could not possibly
> need to be changed or aliased in the resultset.

I don't know whether you're using db-lib or ODBC.  I know for certain
db-lib returns the aliased column name.  

An ODBC IRD contains both the real column name and the alias.  If
you're in that space, cf. SQL_DESC_LABEL in the IRD.  According to
Microsoft's documentation for SQLSetDescField, that field has, in order:

1.  The alias name (e.g. "1 as FOO")
2.  The column name if unaliased
3.  Nothing (e.g. "min(FOO)")

You can use bsqldb or bsqlodbc to display the metadata. 

$ bsqldb -v -S $S -U$U -P$P <<< \
  "select name as foo from systypes where name = 'int' " 
bsqldb:183: Verbose operation enabled
bsqldb:232: Query:
        select name as foo from systypes where name = 'int'
bsqldb:206: dbsqlsend(): OK
bsqldb:214: dbsqlok(): OK
bsqldb:310: calling dbresults: OK
Result set 1
Allocating buffers
Allocating compute buffers
col     name                            source
type             size    varies  
------  ------------------------------  ------------------------------
---------------  ------  ------ 
foo                             foo             char     128       1  

Retrieving return status... none
1 rows affected
Retrieving output parameters... none
bsqldb:683: dbresults() returned NO_MORE_RESULTS (2)



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