[development] Drop MySQL 3 support

Kieran Lal kieran at civicspacelabs.org
Fri Jul 14 16:50:36 UTC 2006

On Jul 14, 2006, at 9:06 AM, Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:

> Hi there!
> MySQL AB (the company behind our most used database) has announced  
> a change in support options for their database products.
> http://www.mysql.com/company/legal/mysql_lifecycle_policy.pdf
> According to this document, the active support for MySQL 3.23 will  
> end at the last of this month (ie on two weeks) and the extended  
> support will end on the end of this year.
> I therefore propose that we formally drop support of MySQL 3 as of  
> Drupal 4.8 which will appear later this year.
> MySQl 4.0's active support will end the last of September, we could  
> consider dropping support for it too. Extended support will run  
> until the end of 2008.

If we could assume 4.1 or higher for 4.8 that would be very useful.   
4.7 will work with 3.23 and 4.0 for at least 6 months giving folks  
plenty of time and options.

I'll look into a what standards are support in MySQL 4.1 that would  
be compatible with other DBs that we could use.


> Dropping both MySQL 3 and 4.0 would enable us to rewrite some parts  
> of our SQL queries. The extend of this would need to be researched.
> I know that people will argue with "but there are so many ISPs that  
> still run 3.23". ISPs that still run 3.23 after it has been retired  
> by the supporting company are probably not worth the money you them.
> Cheers,
> 	Gerhard

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