Forum: Ruby DBI

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DBI
Henrik L. (Guest)
on 2009-02-08 23:46
Hi everyone,

I have a problem connecting my application to a database. I think this
is a ruby problem though Im running ruby on rails, but let me explain.
The thing is that I want to execute queries upon several different
databases by using DBI/DBD and not activerecord. For this I have created
a simple ruby class with the responsibility of fetching different data.
This class looks something like the this:

require 'dbi'
class DataAccess

  def self.methodA
   begin
     # connect to the MySQL server
     dbh = DBI.connect("DBI:mysql:localhost", "username", "password")
     # get server version string and display it
     row = dbh.select_one("SELECT ...")
   rescue DBI::DatabaseError => error
     puts "An error occurred"
   ensure
     # disconnect from server
     dbh.disconnect if dbh
   end

   def self.methodB
      #same as above, different database
      ...
   end

  end


When these methods are executed i get the following error:
Could not load driver (undefined local variable or method `e' for
DBI:Module)
...


Anyone have a sollution for this? I have tried following every guide
there is to connect ruby to a database (installation of dbi/dbd). Maybe
someone could explain what im doing wrong?
Brian C. (Guest)
on 2009-02-09 13:26
Henrik Larsen wrote:
> When these methods are executed i get the following error:
> Could not load driver (undefined local variable or method `e' for
> DBI:Module)
> ...

(1) Try it from the command line, using irb - firstly using native DBI
commands, and then using your wrapper class. Only when it's working
there think about porting it into Rails.

(2) If you can't get it to work, make the smallest standalone code you
can which reproduces the problem.

(3) Post this standalone code, and post the *full* unedited backtrace
you get when running it. The above error message isn't much use, as it
didn't say whether the error was in the DBI code itself, or your code.

Finally, beware that DBI has changed quite a bit between 0.2 and 0.4, so
if you are reading random pages on the web, beware that they may be out
of date.

HTH,

Brian.
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