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php – Why the following PDO transaction is committing?

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I think the question itself is pretty self-explanatory. The code is given below –

    $PDO = NULL;
    $pdo_dsn = 'mysql:host=localhost;dbname=pdo_test';
    $pdo_persistence = array( PDO::ATTR_PERSISTENT => true );
    $db_user = 'root';
    $db_pass = '';
    $db_query = "INSERT INTO person(name, address)
                    VALUES ('Mamsi Mamsi', 'Katabon')";

            $PDO = new PDO($pdo_dsn, $db_user, $db_pass, 
    catch(PDOException $e)
            echo "Error occured: ". $e->getMessage();

    $PDO->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_AUTOCOMMIT, false);


            throw new PDOException('Generated Exception');

    catch(PDOException $e)
            echo "An error occured while doing a database transaction. The 
            error message is : ".$e->getMessage();


Even if I am rolling back the transaction inside the catch block, data are still being inserted into the database. Why?


I am adding the following few lines from the documentation for further clarification –

Unfortunately, not every database supports transactions, so PDO needs
to run in what is known as “auto-commit” mode when you first open the
connection. Auto-commit mode means that every query that you run has
its own implicit transaction, if the database supports it, or no
transaction if the database doesn’t support transactions. If you need
a transaction, you must use the PDO::beginTransaction() method to
initiate one. If the underlying driver does not support transactions,
a PDOException will be thrown (regardless of your error handling
settings: this is always a serious error condition). Once you are in
a transaction, you may use PDO::commit() or PDO::rollBack() to finish
it, depending on the success of the code you run during the

Also, the following lines from this page –

bool PDO::beginTransaction  ( void  )

Turns off autocommit mode. While autocommit mode is turned off,
changes made to the database via the PDO object instance are not
committed until you end the transaction by calling PDO::commit().
Calling PDO::rollBack() will roll back all changes to the database
and return the connection to autocommit mode.

Some databases, including MySQL, automatically issue an implicit
COMMIT when a database definition language (DDL) statement such as
DROP TABLE or CREATE TABLE is issued within a transaction. The
implicit COMMIT will prevent you from rolling back any other changes
within the transaction boundary.

How to&Answers:

You should check that you are using INNODB as your database type. MyISAM does not support transactions.