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Does anybody really know what time it is?

This is a post about SYSDATE() and NOW() and CURRENT_TIMESTAMP() functions in MySQL.

Firstly, note is that of these three, only CURRENT_TIMESTAMP() is part of the SQL Standard. NOW() happens to be an alias for CURRENT_TIMESTAMP() in MySQL.

Secondly, note that replication does not work well with non-deterministic functions. And “hey, what time is it?” is non-deterministic. Ask it twice, with a second apart between asking, and both times you get different results (with at least second precision).

You can start to see the problem here….but there’s more…. (more…)

How To - Convert MySQL Timestamp/Datetime to Unix Timestamp

Background Knowledge

Since MySQL v4.1 timestamp and datetime data types are formatted “YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS”. Prior to MySQL v4.1 the timestamp was formatted as YYYYMMDDHHMMSS” and datetime formatted as “YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS”. Refer to MySQL Reference Manual for further details.

The Unix timestamp differs from MySQL. Unix’s timestamp is a integer value of seconds since January 1, 1970. For further explanation of Unix timestamps refer to Wikiepedia or


In MySQL you can use Unix_Timestamp() function.

Query Example: SELECT …

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