I don't understand the world right now. I try to make a simple query from the DB, but it fails with the message that the column is not known. I do not understand why Joomla! tries to see the value I am looking for as a column. This is my query:

            $data = new stdClass();
            $db = JFactory::getDbo();
            $query = $db->getQuery(true);
                $query->where($db->quoteName('element') . " = " . $db->quoteName('com_componentname'));
            $data->params = $db->loadObject();

        }catch(Exception $e){
            $data->query = $query->dump();
            $data->errormsg = $e->getMessage();

        return $data;

        return false;

The response is:

'errormsg' => 'Unknown column \'com_componentname\' in \'where clause\'',

Why does Joomla! try to find the component name as a column? What I want: Where componentname in Columns name from table extensions.

Or is there another / better way to load the parameters of a component within a module?

1 Answer 1


JDatabaseDriver::quoteName() is for quoting SQL identifiers. Use JDatabaseDriver:quote() to quote and escape strings.

$query->where($db->quoteName('element') . ' = ' . $db->quote('com_componentname'));
  • unbelivable - thank you... did you know also why it had not worked like so: $query->where('element = com_componentname') ? it throws the same error...
    – Marco
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 10:01
  • 1
    Because com_componentname must be quoted.
    – Sharky
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 10:18

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