[Phpmyadmin-news] phpMyAdmin-2.6.0-beta1 is released

Olivier Mueller om-lists-phpmyadmin at omx.ch
Fri Jun 25 00:58:13 CEST 2004

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phpMyAdmin 2.6.0-beta1 - June 24th, 2004

  A set of PHP-scripts to administrate MySQL over the Web.


   The phpMyAdmin Project is proud to announce the immediate availability of
   the first beta release of phpMyAdmin 2.6.0.

   Because of significant changes inside the database connection methods and
   major improvements to the MySQL 4.1 compatibility, the team decided to
   release this beta version from phpMyAdmin's current development code.

   Supporting the new improved MySQL extension of php5 (MySQLi), phpMyAdmin has
   made a giant step towards the upcoming PHP and MySQL versions.

   For beta-1, phpMyAdmin has acquired a new CSS-based theme system. Two
   themes are included, and can be chosen from the main menu. Full
   documentation about the theme system will be done before the final
   2.6.0 version.

   As the new milestone should to be as stable as possible, any feedback about
   2.6.0-beta1 would be appreciated. Please note, that it is not recommended
   to run this testing release on production environments.

   phpMyAdmin is a web administration tool for MySQL databases, intended to
   handle a whole database server as well as a single database. Over the years,
   it has become the most popular GUI for MySQL and is downloaded about 6,000
   times a day, according to SourceForge.net.

   The highlights of this release in detail:


    * PHP 5 mysqli extension support
          o better performance
          o improved security
    * Improved support for character sets
    * Support for UTF-8 databases under MySQL 4.1
    * Site-configurable header and footer
    * Export:
          o can add custom text to SQL export headers
          o support for IF NOT EXISTS
          o support for INSERT IGNORE and UPDATE IGNORE
          o use unbuffered queries
          o enclosing SQL export in a transaction
          o selective row export
          o improved ANSI compatibility
    * Operations: now copy table defaults to "structure and data"
    * Operations: database renaming
    * Editing: option "Go back to this page"
    * Sort: natural order (configurable)
    * Search page: DISTINCT, IS NULL, IS NOT NULL, NOT LIKE, multiple choices for ENUM
    * Left panel Logout link
    * Popup calendar (date and time editing) for date, datetime and timestamp fields
    * Set and alter collations for databases, tables and fields
    * Security: Protection against cookie hijacking: encrypt also the user name, and set a time limit on the validity of encrypted password in the cookie
    * "(Un)check all" link for privileges page
    * (alpha2)Optional display of server choice as links
    * (alpha2)Click on result row to mark the checkbox
    * (alpha2)Show if BLOB is NULL
    * (alpha2)Mouse cursor in db structure and table structure views
    * (alpha2)Multiple row insert
    * (alpha2)Search: new choice LIKE %...%
    * (alpha2)Can now change the number of columns when adding fields
    * (beta1)Graphical redesign (CSS-based) and theme management
    * (beta1)InnoDB table defragmentation
    * (beta1)Use one cookie per server
    * (beta1)Default query can now contain field names
    * (beta1)MySQL 4.1.2 support ("engine")
    * (beta1)Export: experimental native Ms Excel support
    * (beta1)Export: add FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS=0
    * (beta1)Auth: catch error when server is not responding
    * (beta1)Operations: can now specify sort order for "Alter table order by"
    * (beta1)Support for SHA1 function
    * (beta1)Enable Relation view for InnoDB even if internal relations infrastructure is not in place


    * Error parsing floating point digit and GRANT...TO
    * Numeric field names
    * Keyword field names become capitalized
    * Substr transformation broken with utf-8
    * CONSTRAINT error in MySQL 3.23.x
    * MySQL charsets not added to WHERE clauses
    * Export:
          o on-the-fly compression problem
          o CSV problem with double-byte characters
          o UPDATE option does not work
    * Editing:
          o Invalid escaping of + in ENUM
          o Undefined submit_mult
          o Cannot edit first row when no primary key
          o Cannot edit big table structure
          o Multi-edit: changes are lost
          o Editing of double and float numbers
          o Charset information was lost when changing fields
    * Invalid row count when emptying table
    * Error on Delete link after a db search
    * Interface: Icons not displayed for index management
    * Problem when the query contains quotes
    * Wrong detection of the CREATE privilege
    * Problem when the bookmark table does not exist
    * Password error when copying a user
    * Search page and empty VARCHAR column
    * IIS crash: header problem
    * (alpha2)Invalid SQL on empty table export
    * (alpha2)Multi-byte functions and windows- charsets
    * (alpha2)Handling of USE in multiple queries
    * (alpha2)Light mode undefined indices
    * (alpha2)Consistent window layout for query window
    * (alpha2)Missing localization for multi-row edit/delete/export
    * (alpha2)Data dictionary: wrong formatting
    * (alpha2)Uploading with UploadDir and open_basedir restriction
    * (alpha2)Handling of complex sort queries
    * (alpha2)Nested mode: collapsing problem
    * (alpha2)Multi-edit: wrong tabindex ids
    * (alpha2)Calendar: maximum values
    * (alpha2)Privileges: wrong message when editing for non-existent db
    * (alpha2)Parser and multibyte strings
    * (alpha2)Browsing of foreign table: problem with encoding of the primary key reference
    * (alpha2)Cookie login: avoid double frames
    * (alpha2)Nested table now also works with aliases tablenames
    * (beta1)Nested table: wrong group expanding (foreign characters)
    * (beta1)Shorten query for edit/delete
    * (beta1)Database search: use SELECT *
    * (beta1)Error when deleting last row
    * (beta1)Vertical mode: broken row highlighting
    * (beta1)Better handling of MySQL comments (-- followed by any control character)
    * (beta1)Wrong internal encoding for Hebrew
    * (beta1)Ignore comments for SQL splitting
    * (beta1)Synchronize left frame database drop-down box (number of tables)

  Detailed list of changes since version 2.2.0 is available under

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Known bugs

  - phpMyAdmin SQL parser chokes on fieldnames with certain non-ASCII characters
    (bugs #593598, #936161).

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  phpMyAdmin is intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the Web. It
  can manage a whole MySQL server as well as a single database.

    Currently it can:
      - create and drop databases
      - create, copy, drop, rename and alter tables
      - do table maintenance
      - delete, edit and add fields
      - execute any SQL-statement, even batch-queries
      - manage keys on fields
      - load text files into tables
      - create and read dumps of tables
      - export data to CSV, XML and Latex formats
      - administer multiple servers
      - manage MySQL users and privileges
      - check referential integrity
      - using Query-by-example (QBE), create complex queries automatically
        connecting required tables
      - create PDF graphics of your Database layout
      - search globally in a database or a subset of it
      - communicate in 42 different languages

Authors & Copyright

    Copyright (C) 1998-2000 Tobias Ratschiller <tobias_at_ratschiller.com>
    Copyright (C) 2001-2004 Marc Delisle <DelislMa_at_CollegeSherbrooke.qc.ca>
                            Olivier Müller <om_at_omnis.ch>
                            Robin Johnson <robbat2_at_users.sourceforge.net>
                            Alexander M. Turek <me_at_derrabus.de>
                            Michal Cihar <michal_at_cihar.com>
                            Garvin Hicking <me_at_supergarv.de>
                            Marcel Tschopp <ne0x_at_users.sourceforge.net>
                            + many other people
                              (check the CREDITS section of our documentation)

    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
    (at your option) any later version.

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    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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EOF -- Alexander M. Turek and Marc Delisle/ 2004-06-24

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