Foreign keys / Transactions in MySQL.. WTF?

Tom Hukins tom at
Tue Jul 31 12:18:27 BST 2007

On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 10:16:40AM +0100, Jonathan Stowe wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-07-31 at 17:52 +0930, Toby Corkindale wrote:
> > How did MySQL get so popular when it still seems to be missing key
> > features? 
> It was getting popular even when it didn't make any attempt at
> pretending that it was a fully featured database management system and
> most sensible people considered it to be the equivalent of Matt's
> FormMail and treated it similarly.

No, that was M-SQL.  I have horrid memories of using sentinel files as
a workaround for its lack of table locking.  By comparison, MySQL
seemed wonderful when it came along.


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