Problem With Insert with MySQLdb

Steve Horsley steve.horsley at
Mon Oct 31 21:37:39 CET 2005

David Mitchell wrote:
> Hello,
> I am a complete beginner with Python. I've managed to get mod_python up and
> running with Apache2 and I'm trying to a simple insert into a table in a
> MySQL database. 
> I'm using the MySQLdb library for connectivity. I can read from the database
> no problem, but when I do an insert, the value never gets added to the
> database, even though there is no error, and the SQL is fine (I print out
> the SQL statement in the function). When I copy and paste the sql from my
> browser and insert directly into MySQL, it works fine.
> Here is the function in question:
> def add(req):
> 	db = MySQLdb.connect(host="intranet", user="root", passwd="",
> db="intranet")
> 	# create a cursor
> 	cursor = db.cursor()
> 	# execute SQL statement
> 	sql = "INSERT INTO category (category_name) VALUES ('" +
> req.form['category'] + "')"
> 	cursor.execute(sql)
> 	return sql
> The SQL it is outputting is:
> INSERT INTO category (category_name) VALUES ('Test')
> Am I doing something obviously incorrect here?
> Thanks,
> Dave

Try either executing this first:
     cursor.execute("set autocommit = 1")
or this afterwards:

The idea is that transactions are not committed into the database 
until you "commit" them - and if you hit problems halfway through 
a sequence of updates that really shouldn't be left half 
finished, you can execute "abort" instead (or just close the 
connection), and none of them will be done.


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