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This release includes all fixes in MySQL 4.0.16 and most of the fixes in MySQL 4.0.17.
Functionality Added or Changed
Incompatible Change: Renamed the C API
mysql_prepare_result() function to
mysql_get_metadata() because the old name was confusing.
Incompatible Change: Client authentication now is based on 41-byte passwords in the
user table, not 45-byte passwords as in 4.1.0. Any 45-byte passwords created for 4.1.0 must be reset after running the mysql_fix_privilege_tables script.
Replication: Replication over SSL now works.
REPAIR TABLE, and
FLUSH statements are now stored in the binary log and thus replicated to slaves. This logging does not occur if the optional
NO_WRITE_TO_BINLOG keyword (or its alias
LOCAL) is given. Exceptions are that
FLUSH SLAVE, and
FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK are not logged in any case. For a syntax example, see Section 188.8.131.52, “FLUSH Syntax”.
SQLSTATE codes for all server errors.
CHECKSUM TABLE statement for reporting table checksum values.
TIME columns with hour values greater than 24 were returned incorrectly to the client.
Added new syntax for
SUBDATE(). The second argument now may be a number representing the number of days to be added to or subtracted from the first date argument.
PURGE LOGS statement that was added in version 4.1.0. The statement now should be issued as
PURGE MASTER LOGS or
PURGE BINARY LOGS.
Added the OLAP (On-Line Analytical Processing) function
ROLLUP, which provides summary rows for each
GROUP BY level.
You can revoke all privileges from a user with
REVOKE ALL PRIVILEGES, GRANT FROM user_list.
LIMIT no longer accepts negative arguments (they used to be treated as very big positive numbers before).
COERCIBILITY() function to return the collation coercibility of a string.
DROP USER ' statement to drop an account that has no privileges.
New global system variable
relay_log_purge to enable or disable automatic relay log purging.
CREATE TABLE now generates a warning if the named storage engine is not available. The table is still created as a
tbl_name (...) TYPE=
MyISAM table, as before.
It is now possible to create a
MERGE table from
MyISAM tables in different databases. Formerly, all the
MyISAM tables had to be in the same database, and the
MERGE table had to be created in that database as well.
All queries in which at least one
SELECT does not use indexes properly now are written to the slow query log when long log format is used.
MyISAM tables now use a better checksum algorithm (if checksum is enabled with
CREATE TABLE ... CHECKSUM = 1). Old tables will appear to have incorrect checksum, and should be repaired.
PURGE BINARY LOGS as an alias for
PURGE MASTER LOGS.
Produce warnings even for single-row
INSERT statements, not just for multiple-row
INSERT statements. Previously, it was necessary to set
sql_warnings = 1 to generate warnings for single-row statements.
--quote-names option for mysqldump now is enabled by default.
Table aliases are not case sensitive if
lower_case_table_names is nonzero.
Changed that the relay log is flushed to disk by the slave I/O thread every time it reads a relay log event. This reduces the risk of losing some part of the relay log in case of brutal crash.
secure_auth global server system variable and
--secure-auth server option that disallow authentication for accounts that have old (pre-4.1.1) passwords.
%f microseconds format specifier for
Phrase search in
MATCH ... AGAINST ( ... IN BOOLEAN MODE) no longer matches partial words.
mysqldump now includes a statement in the dump output to set
foreign_key_checks to 0 to avoid problems with tables having to be reloaded in a particular order when the dump is reloaded. The existing
foreign_key_checks value is saved and restored.
\d) command to the mysql command-line client for changing the statement delimiter (terminator). The default delimiter is semicolon.
preload_buffer_size system variable.
The interface to aggregate user-defined functions has changed a bit. You must now declare a
xxx_clear() function for each aggregate function
xxx_clear() is used instead of
MATCH ... AGAINST( ... WITH QUERY EXPANSION) and the
ft_query_expansion_limit system variable.
mysql_set_server_option() C API client function to enable multiple statement handling in the server to be enabled or disabled.
Seconds_Behind_Master columns to the output of
SHOW SLAVE STATUS.
Slave_IO_State indicates the state of the slave I/O thread, and
Seconds_Behind_Master indicates the number of seconds by which the slave is late compared to the master.
MySQL source distributions now also include the MySQL Internals Manual
Most subqueries are now much faster than before.
START SLAVE statement now supports an
UNTIL clause for specifying that the slave SQL thread should be started but run only until it reaches a given position in the master's binary logs or in the slave's relay logs.
Added support for syntax
CREATE TABLE table2 (LIKE table1) that creates an empty table
table2 with a definition that is exactly the same as
table1, including any indexes.
LOAD DATA now produces warnings that can be fetched with
--lower-case-table-names=1 server option now also makes aliases case insensitive. (Bug #534)
bdb_version system variable to
mysql_stmt_sqlstate() C API client functions that return the
SQLSTATE error code for the last error.
IGNORE option for
EXPLAIN now supports an
EXTENDED option. When given,
EXPLAIN generates extra information that may be viewed with the
SHOW WARNINGS statement.
Full-text search now supports multi-byte character sets and the Unicode
utf8 character set. (The Unicode
ucs2 character set is not yet supported.)
SHOW MASTER LOGS as an alias for
SHOW BINARY LOGS. (In 4.1.0,
SHOW MASTER LOGS was renamed to
SHOW BINARY LOGS. Now you can use either one.)
--sql-mode=NO_AUTO_VALUE_ON_ZERO option to suppress the usual behavior of generating the next sequence number when zero is stored in an
AUTO_INCREMENT column. With this mode enabled, zero is stored as zero; only storing
NULL generates a sequence number.
DEFAULT before table and database default character set. This enables us to use
ALTER TABLE to change the character set for all
tbl_name ... CHARACTER SET=...
TEXT columns in a table.
Added aggregate function
BIT_XOR() for bitwise XOR operations.
ft_max_word_len_for_sort system variable.
ft_max_word_len_for_sort variable from myisamchk.
DATABASE() function now returns
NULL rather than the empty string if there is no database selected.
collation_server system variables to provide information about character sets and collations.
SHOW BDB LOGS as an alias for
It is now possible to create multiple key caches, assign table indexes to particular caches, and to preload indexes into caches. See Section 184.108.40.206, “CACHE INDEX Syntax”. See Section 220.127.116.11, “LOAD INDEX INTO CACHE Syntax”. Structured system variables are introduced as a means of grouping related key cache parameters. See Section 18.104.22.168, “Structured System Variables”.
mysql_next_result() C API function now returns
-1 if there are no more result sets.
--secure-auth option to mysql command-line client. If this option is set, the client refuses to send passwords in old (pre-4.1.1) format.
CLIENT_MULTI_QUERIES connect option flag to
CLIENT_MULTI_STATEMENTS. To permit a transition period, the old option continues to be recognized for a while.
TEXT columns now have lengths measured in characters rather than in bytes. The character size depends on the column's character set. This means, for example, that a
CHAR( column for a multi-byte character set takes more storage than before. Similarly, index values on such columns are measured in characters, not bytes.
SET sql_mode='mode' for a complex mode (such as
ANSI), we now update the
sql_mode variable to include all the individual options implied by the complex mode.
--old-protocol option for mysqld is no longer supported and has been removed.
Security Fix: A server compiled without SSL support still permitted connections by users who had the
REQUIRE SSL option specified for their accounts.
Security Fix: Connections from some IP addresses were assigned incorrect database-level privileges. A connection could be assigned the database privileges of the previous successful authentication from one of those IP addresses, even if the IP address user name and database name were different. (Bug #1636)
Replication: The new
PASSWORD() function in 4.1 is now properly replicated. (Bug #344)
Replication: When an undefined user variable was used in a updating query on the master (such as
INSERT INTO t VALUES(@a), where
@a had never been set by this connection before), the slave could replicate the query incorrectly if a previous transaction on the master used a user variable of the same name. (Bug #1331)
CONNECTION_ID() now is properly replicated. (Bug #177)
Replication: Replication failed between a 3.23 master and a 4.0 slave. The slave lost replicated temporary tables if
FLUSH LOGS was issued on the master. (Bug #254)
Replication: When a transaction spanned two or more relay logs, and the slave was stopped while executing the part of the transaction that was in the second or later relay log, replication resumed at the beginning of the second or later relay log, which was incorrect. (It should resume at
BEGIN, in the first relay log.) (Bug #53)
LAST_INSERT_ID() now returns 0 if the last
INSERT statement didn't insert any rows.
WARNINGS no longer are reserved words. (Bug #724)
A memory overrun could occur due to in subqueries in the
SELECT list with
WHERE clause larger than that of the outer query's
WHERE clause. (Bug #726)
? prepared statement parameter as the argument to certain functions or statement clauses caused a server crash when
mysql_prepare() was invoked. (Bug #1500)
Error-handling functions were not called properly when an error resulted from
[CREATE | REPLACE| INSERT] ... SELECT statements.
REPAIR TABLE ... USE_FRM could cause data loss when used with tables that contained
TIMESTAMP columns and were created in 4.0.x.
SELECT that required a temporary table (marked by
Using temporary in
EXPLAIN output) and was used as a derived table in
EXPLAIN statement caused the server to crash. (Bug #251)
EXPLAIN on a derived table with a join caused the server to crash.
USER() function occasionally failed due an error in the size of the string allocated to it.
mysql parser erroneously interpreted a
; character within a multi-line comment (
/* ... */) as a statement terminator.
The types and lengths of result set columns for
UNION operations are now determined taking into account values for all
SELECT statements in the
UNION, and not just the first
ROLLUP did not work correctly when all tables in the join were
const tables. (Bug #714)
The final character was omitted from the output of
USER(). (Bug #447)
ORDER BY and
LIMIT could cause the server to crash.
ORDER BY and
GROUP BY clauses were not processed correctly. (Bug #442)
Under certain, rare circumstances table corruption was caused by a
DELETE from a large table with a “new” (created by MySQL-4.1) full-text index.
UNION with an empty select list and a nonexistent column being used in some of the individual
SELECT statements could cause the server to crash.
SLAVE START (which is a deprecated syntax,
START SLAVE should be used instead) could crash the slave. (Bug #2516)
UNION operations that involved temporary tables could cause the server to crash.
Attempting to create a table containing a spatial (GIS) column using a storage engine that does not support spatial types cause the server to crash.
When no host name is specified in
SET PASSWORD FOR user, it now defaults to
% instead of the current host.
MyISAM tables with
FULLTEXT indexes created in MySQL 4.0 were unreadable by MySQL 4.1.
CREATE FULLTEXT INDEX was not supported.
Double the required amount of memory was freed by the server.
Names of outer columns of subqueries in
REPLACE statements were not resolved correctly. (Bug #446)
Name resolution of columns of reduced subqueries in
UNION statements was not always performed correctly. (Bug #745)
Columns of reduced subqueries were not always handled correctly. (Bug #679)
Following a call to
mysql_prepare(), placeholders were permitted in all consequent statements, even if they were not prepared. (Bug #1946)
Privileges could be escalation using database wildcards in
GRANT statements. (Bug #3924)
ALTER TABLE RENAME, was used to rename a table with the same name in another database, it silently dropped the destination table if it existed. (Bug #2628)
A problem with
NULL values from being inserted into result set columns where the first
SELECT of the
NOT NULL columns. The type and maximum length of the result column are now defined based on all parts of the