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Contradiction for the Day

Today’s contradiction:

MySQL has server variables named new and old.

The new variable can be set per-session and globally, and is dynamic. The old variable is not dynamic, and only global in scope. Both default to FALSE in MySQL 5.1.

According to the manual, the new variable:

was used in MySQL 4.0 to turn on some 4.1 behaviors, and is retained for backward compatibility.

That same page notes the following about the old variable:

when old is enabled, it changes the default scope of index hints to that used prior to MySQL 5.1.17. That is, index hints with no FOR clause apply only to how indexes are used for row retrieval and not to resolution of ORDER BY or GROUP BY clauses.

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SHOW VARIABLES Shows Variables MySQL Does Not Know About

The listing of Dynamic System Variables on the MySQL Reference Manual’s page is supposed to show those variables you can change on-the-fly. innodb_data_home_dir is listed there as a dynamic variable, but it is not one, and trying to change it on-the-fly doesn’t work:

mysql> set global innodb_data_home_dir="/data/mysql/data"; ERROR 1193 (HY000): Unknown system variable 'innodb_data_home_dir'

mysql> set session innodb_data_home_dir="/data/mysql/data"; ERROR [...]

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