As some of you might have noticed we've restructured the documentation
overview page quite a bit. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to
find the information you need. We've amended
"Excerpts from the Reference Manual", where we'll add, well, excerpts
from the MySQL Manual.
To begin with, we've added a document called "MySQL Server Version
Reference" that should make life easier for everyone who needs
cross-version information. It's available for download but you can also
browse it online:
Here's an overview:
1. The mysqld Options/Variables Reference contains all MySQL server
options and variables for all MySQL versions. You can easily find out
whether or not a particular option is available in a specific MySQL
version, when it was introduced or deprecated, and more. For variables,
that chapter gives a quick overview of core properties, such as if it's
a status or a server system variable, if I can be changed dynamically,
or if the scope is global or local.
2. The Reserved Words list contains all words reserved in a
particular MySQL (major) version, with annotations about minor versions.
The list is created by running a script against all MySQL versions
starting from 4.1.0. (Yes, we've installed all MySQL versions on our
3. The Functions and Operators chapter shows which MySQL functions
are available in which version, and when they were introduced or deprecated.
4. The Build (configure) Options chapter should be useful for anyone
building MySQL from source.
5. Eventually, the Key changes in MySQL releases chapter list
security fixes and incompatible changes for the GA versions of MySQL 4.1
and 5.0 and for the beta and RC versions of MySQL 5.1.
The Server Version Reference is not a static document but is being
recreated on a regular basis. And it's not the only excerpt from the
MySQL Manual you can find in the Excerpts section: We've also added a
standalone Connectors book (covering all MySQL connectors and APIs) and
guides for each individual MySQL Connector.
Kudos go to Martin C. Brown who created all this. We hope it will make
your work with MySQL more productive and enjoyable!