[Phpmyadmin-devel] Minimum MySQL version

Marc Delisle marc at infomarc.info
Thu Oct 24 14:15:48 CEST 2013

I would really appreciate replies on this one.

For the upcoming phpMyAdmin 4.1, we currently advertise the minimum 
MySQL version to 5 (meaning 5.0). However, MySQL 5.0 has reached "End of 
Product Lifecycle".

Moreover, we have a performance problem in phpMyAdmin 4.0 and 4.1, due 
to the navi panel mostly using INFORMATION_SCHEMA, which is poorly 
implemented in older MySQL versions. This performance problem is seen on 
servers with many (thousands?) of databases, which is not uncommon for 
host providers. We have bug tickets about this.

By the way, using INFORMATION_SCHEMA helps us for some features like the 
db filter (now with REGEX). I'm not sure how we could implement this 
efficiently with SHOW DATABASES.

I would like to increase the minimum MySQL version for phpMyAdmin 4.1. I 
got feedback from someone I trust, who is running MySQL 5.6 with 
thousands of real-world databases and did some tests; on this version, 

If the team agrees, I would do some testing to find out at which point 
INFORMATION_SCHEMA's fetch problems were fixed. Then we would advertise 
this MySQL version as the minimum, and use only INFORMATION_SCHEMA in it 

I believe that this is a good service to do to the community; it 
resembles what we did when taking part in the GoPHP5 initiative.

Marc Delisle

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