I’m pretty sure the PHP extension IBM_DB2 is overriding my commitment control isolation level on Zend Server 5.6, PHP Extension IBM_DB2 1.9.2.  In my PHP I’m running through 10,000 insert statements and then I’m doing a SQL SELECT on that table as a different user in a JDBC connection.  I’m getting dirty reads (getting the inserted rows before the commit) even though i have DB2_I5_TXN_SERIALIZABLE set in my db2_connect.

I’ve looked at the source and I think this is the issue.  On line 1403 and 1410 the IBM_DB2 extension sets the SQL_ATTR_COMMIT to whats passed into the db2_connect option i5_commit (which would be better named as commitment control isolation level).  On 2165 its being overwritten to no commit isolation level if c_i5_allow_commit is non-zero (its set to 1 to allow commits), and rc is non-zero (RC looks to be the result of setting SQL_ATTR_AUTOCOMMIT via SQLSetConnectAttr(), which would be turned off as you dont want to commit the changes until you have all your records done).

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PHP extension uses whats passed into db2_connect


does ibm_db2 always uses nocommit2

PHP Extension later on in the code is overriding those options!!!  There’s no way to change it unless you turn i5_allow_commit off (this turns off commitment control and defeats the purpose), or turn off autocommit ( that won’t work either as I want to commit at the end of all my changes).

does ibm_db2 always uses nocommit

Try it yourself

error_reporting(E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE);
ini_set('display_errors', TRUE);
ini_set('display_startup_errors', TRUE);
for ($index = 0; $index < 10000; $index++)
$insertdata[] = array('test');
$options = array('i5_commit' => DB2_I5_TXN_SERIALIZABLE,'autocommit' => DB2_AUTOCOMMIT_OFF);
$db2Connection = db2_connect('', '', '', $options);
if (!$db2Connection)
echo "false – Connection failed.";exit();
$stmt = db2_exec($db2Connection, $sql);
$insertstmt = db2_prepare($db2Connection, $sql);
foreach($insertdata as $row)
$result = db2_execute($insertstmt, $row);
catch (Exception $exc)
echo db2_stmt_errormsg();
echo "Dump of Array being inserted:<br>"; var_dump($row);
//THIS WORKS – Commitment Control works, Isolation Levels do not (stopping others from reading the data as your modifying the table)
$commitResult = db2_rollback($db2Connection);

Notes on IBM_DB2 php extension: DB2_I5_TXN_SERIALIZABLE is the same as SQL_TXN_SERIALIZABLE because of #define DB2_I5_TXN_SERIALIZABLE SQL_TXN_SERIALIZABLE. SQL_DEFAULT_TXN_ISOLATION is sent into SQLGetInfo() along with a bitmask. SQL_DEFAULT_TXN_ISOLATION is set in odbc and not in IBM_DB2. In this odbc.c file (which i dont know what obdc.c IBM is using) SQL_DEFAULT_TXN_ISOLATION is set to 26 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/IEB/ToolBox/CPP_DOC/lxr/source/include/dbapi/driver/odbc/unix_odbc/sql.h#L411). I believe the bitmask gets set to the default isolation and then that bitmask is compared using the bitwise AND operator (&) with the various isolation options. If they match UR,CS,RS,or RR is added to array


rc = SQLGetInfo(conn_res->hdbc, SQL_DEFAULT_TXN_ISOLATION, &bitmask, sizeof(bitmask), NULL);


if( bitmask & SQL_TXN_READ_UNCOMMITTED ) {
add_index_stringl(array, key++, “UR”, 2, 1);
add_property_zval(return_value, “ISOLATION_OPTION”, array);