March 26, 2020 Contributors


msys.db.fetch_row — If successful, return the first row of the query result as a table


msys.db.fetch_row(cachename, query, queryparams, options);

cachename: string
query: string
queryparams: table, optional
options: table, optional


Issue a query to a datasource. The parameters are as follows:

  • cachename the name of the datasource cache to be queried

  • query the query to be presented to the cache

  • queryparams a Lua table object with parameters to bind into the query


    The SQL standard requires the use of the "IS [NOT] NULL" syntax in a predicate for matching against NULL. A predicate "field_name = ?" would result in an error if a query parameter is NULL. A Lua nil is equivalent to an SQL NULL.

  • options a Lua table object containing additional options that affect this query. If options is specified, it must be a Lua table object. Only the following option is permitted:

    • nocache bypass the cache and force the query to be presented to the underlying datasource

    • raise_error This is a boolean. If set to true, raise an exception (lua_error) on error containing the error string. The default value is true.

If the query fails and raise_error is set to false, it returns:

  • nil indicating query failure

  • errmsg indicating what failed

If the query fails and raise_error is set to true an exception is raised.

If the query returns no data, nil is returned. Otherwise, the first row of the query results is returned as a table.

  r, e = msys.db.fetch_row (cache, query, nil, { raise_error = false });
  if (r ~= nil) then
    for k, v in pairs(r) do
      print(k, v);
  elseif (e ~= nil) then
    print "Query failed";
    print "No match";


The data cache used in the preceding example must be defined in your configuration file. For more information see “ds_core – Datasource Query Core”.


When using this function you must also include require('msys.datasource');.

Enable this function with the statement require('msys.db');.

See Also

“Implementing Policy Using Scriptlets”, msys.db.query, msys.db.execute