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Lazarus – Retrieve SQLite3 database user_version without library

Lazarus – Retrieve SQLite3 database user_version without library

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    For one of my applications I needed to determine the user_version of a database, without using the SQLite3 library.
    This value is not used by SQLite3, but a user can use it to version their database. The default value is 0.

    Setting this variable can be done in SQL with “PRAGMA user_version=x;” where “x” is an integer.
    You can read the value with SQL as well: “PRAGMA user_version;“.

    In the SQLite3 specs it is defined as the integer at offset 60 (the bytes 60, 61, 62 and 63 = integer) in the database file.

    So I wrote a quick function for this which returns an integer:

    -1  : if the file does not exist
    0  : if user_version was not set
    x  : the user_version value 

    Here is my function, hope this is useful to someone out there (uses SysUtils):

      Retrieve database user version value without using a library, this is a raw file read!
      This value can be set in SQlite using "PRAGMA user_version=x" where x = integer.
    function GetSQLite3Database_UserVersion(filename:string):integer;
      dbUserVersion:array [1..4] of byte;
      SQLite3_ByteOffset_UserVersion = 60; // see:
      Result := -1;
      if FileExists(filename) then
          if FileHandle<>-1 then
              Result := ( dbUserVersion[1]<<24 ) + ( dbUserVersion[2]<<16 ) + ( dbUserVersion[3]<<8 ) + dbUserVersion[4];

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