file check

Christopher Jones c.jones at
Tue Jul 15 14:01:48 BST 2008

On 15 Jul 2008, at 13:18, Peter Corlett wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 01:05:12PM +0100, Christopher Jones wrote:
>> <gratitude>Thanks for the help!</gratitude>
>> I've just optimised the MySQL database that some of you helped me  
>> to speed
>> up a few weeks ago. I had a (data only) dump of the database before
>> optimisation, and one after. I need to make sure that the  
>> optimisation
>> hasn't messed up the data in any way, and figured that the two dumps
>> should be identical assuming everything is hunky dory.
>> Of course there could be a flaw in my plan.....
> Relational databases don't guarantee ordering, so while your dumps may
> indeed contain the same data, it may not necessarily be in the same  
> order
> and so a comparison could fail.
>> (Standing by with full-body flame-proof armour)
> Please don't top-post.

What does "top-post" mean? Is that posting a message that might end in  
me wanting to top myself?


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