MySQLdb: commit before cursor close, or after?

Steve Holden steve at
Mon Feb 4 21:44:35 CET 2008

Carsten Haese wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-02-04 at 19:53 +0100, Frank Aune wrote:
>> No, you obviously need to commit your changes before closing the cursor. I'm 
>> surprised if your code above even works if adding content to the db.
> Why is that obvious? Is this some MySQL-specific oddity? In other
> databases, it's the cursor's execute() method that adds the content to
> the db (pending a commit of the transaction), and closing the cursor
> simply means that you are explicitly releasing the resources that the
> cursor used. Whether the cursor is closed before or after the
> transaction is committed, or even whether the cursor is explicitly
> closed at all or not, should make no difference whatsoever.
Certainly isn't "obvious" to me. The whole point of the way 
connection/cursor relationship is structured is to allow the possibility 
of several cursors on the same connection. So cursors can be created, 
used and closed at will without any effect on the underlying connection.

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