I need to make an sql sentence where i retrieve records filtered by 'scope' value from core_config_data table. This is the script:

$query = "SELECT * FROM  `core_config_data` WHERE  `scope` = $scope";

I get $scope with this line:

$scope = Mage::getSingleton('adminhtml/config_data')->getScope();

But when i run this, i receive an error saying:

An error occurred while saving this configuration: SQLSTATE[42S22]: Column not found: 1054 Unknown column 'stores' in 'where clause'

When i run the same sql sentence in phpmyadmin, it works fine and it retrieves the correct record, so i don't know what's wrong here.

Thanks for helping

1 Answer 1


The problem is, that you don't escap $scope, so mysql thinks that the value of $scope is a column instead of a string. add a few ` around it.

  • Thanks dude, in fact i had to add ' to the variable. Cheers.-
    – Guille
    Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 19:07

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