I have a large MYSQL / PHP in a while loop report being run and in many cases the report times out due to the large amount of data being calculated.

Is there a way to make have a div displaying "Processing" when the while loops is calculating and if the report is completed , a div "complete" is displayed.

For example: The calculation are not complete because the variable $totals are not displayed. It is only when $Total is a rational value then "Completed" is displayed.

Many Thanks in advance!

<body id="dt_example">
<div "Processing">
    while($noticia = mysql_fetch_array($query)) { // Very long mysql query , query usually times out in this loop. Div "Processing" shown
        $Total +=$subtotal;

    echo "Totals: ".$Total; //when this is executed , the report is succesful and div "Completed " is displayed
    echo "<div Completed>";


Edited by chineerat

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Last Post by bugz313

First of all, mysql_* has been depreciated, consider using pdo/mysqli_*
Based on the situation, I will probably using ajax to retrieve the data for time consuming data. Example, I will start with the div with "loading data...", then when data finished loaded using ajax, simply replace the content of that div. If the data context is too large, I will even break the queries into part(example by pages/limit).


In addition to everything @lps says, can you have sql do some of the work in calculating the results you need? You show $total which could likely be calculated from a sql query using aggregate functions like SUM(), etc. MySQL is often much better optimized for generating totals than doing it via PHP.

Edited by madCoder: mention 'aggregate' keyword.


You should switch from using table to using divs.

When you use a table the browser doesn't show the table until it gets to the </table> tag. If you use divs as soon as one record is parsed from mysql you get it shown on your website.

You can also set_time_limit(0) while you are generating this so it doesn't time out.

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