[Phpmyadmin-news] phpMyAdmin 2.6.0 is released

phpMyAdmin devel team om-lists-phpmyadmin at omx.ch
Mon Sep 27 16:59:37 CEST 2004

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phpMyAdmin 2.6.0 - September 27th, 2004

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


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

    Supporting the new improved MySQL extension of PHP5 (MySQLi), phpMyAdmin has
    made a giant step towards the new PHP version and the upcoming MySQL versions.

    phpMyAdmin has acquired a new CSS-based theme system. Two
    themes are included, and can be chosen from the main menu. Documentation
    is included (see FAQ 2.7) to create your own themes.

    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:

  Upgrade note:

     If you are using MySQL 4.1.2 or later, the pmadb must be in UTF-8. See
     "Linked-tables infrastructure" in Documentation.html for a way to
     correctly create the pmadb, or upgrade it.


     * 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
     * (rc1)Export: hexadecimal encoding of binary fields is now optional
     * (rc1)Database statistics: add collations
     * (rc1)Now it's possible to choose our connection character set
     * (rc1)Support for GROUP_CONCAT()
     * (rc1)Improved sort order in dropdown list of foreign value
     * (rc2)Check the privileges of the anonymous user
     * (rc2)Themes version number
     * (rc2)Search data work whatever the connection charset
     * (rc2)Support BINARY and VARBINARY data types
     * (rc2)Save chosen connection charset into a cookie
     * (rc2)Search: do not offer "LIKE %...%" as default because of performance issues
     * (rc2)Adding fields dialog: better look


     * 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)
     * (beta2)Undefined index in left frame
     * (beta2)Undefined variable db
     * (beta2)Granting privileges does not take wildcards into account
     * (beta2)Left frame does not reload on CREATE TABLE
     * (beta2)Exporting and more than one foreign key
     * (beta2)Javascript error when changing theme
     * (beta2)Warning in mysql.dbi.lib.php
     * (beta2)During table creation, query window tries to get the list of fields
     * (rc1)Security: fixes vulnerability disclosed on BUGTRAQ on 2004-06-29
     * (rc1)Export: Fix export of '0' strings
     * (rc1)Export: Fix export of queries with empty WHERE clause
     * (rc1)Copying a table containing a TIMESTAMP under MySQL 4.1.2+
     * (rc1)Could not create a primary key when there was none before
     * (rc1)DATETIME field export under MySQL 4.1.3
     * (rc1)Error copying table data only
     * (rc1)Navigation: last page button did not show last page number
     * (rc1)Functions: some functions do not take parameters
     * (rc1)Wrong table options for non-MyISAM tables
     * (rc1)Undefined offset when no display field has been defined
     * (rc2)Encoding tis-620 is not multibyte
     * (rc2)Export and Excel 2003 behavior
     * (rc2)Undefined offset in blowfish.php when user upgrades over the same directory
     * (rc2)Export and empty BLOB
     * (rc2)"Illegal mix of collations" at various places
     * (rc2)Was showing the port number after the verbose name
     * (rc2)Export and TIMESTAMP
     * (rc2)"Commands out of sync" at various places
     * (rc2)Could not upload a binary field (under mysqli)
     * (rc2)Collation problems with the relational tables
     * (rc2)Export and handling of -- and # comments
     * (rc2)Problem with the appending of LIMIT clause
     * (rc2)Data editing: do not empty protected values
     * (rc2)Calendar popup problem with certain months
     * (rc2)Problem with foreign key drop-downs
     * (rc3)Sometimes the calendar popup does not appear
     * (rc3)Database wrongly named "5"
     * (rc3)Error clicking on Insert tab
     * (rc3)Administration: cannot manipulate a user like "user at nothost"
     * (rc3)Error when ordering by count( * )
     * (rc3)Browsing foreigners: paging did not work, and data did not return to the 
        field when called from the Search sub-page
     * (rc3)Cookie auth_type: Now remembers database
     * (rc3)Theme version checking improved
     * (rc3)Top left frame not loading (Safari 1.2.3)
     * (rc3)Consistency of the XHTML labels
     * (rc3)Focus no longer kept on the databases drop-down
     * (rc3)Really use the compress option in mysql protocol
     * (rc3)Tell the client library to use CLIENT_LOCAL_FILES
     * (rc3)Could not import non-UTF-8 exports
     * (final)Query window's Import Files submit button
     * (final)Default value of ThemePath
     * (final)Export of "0" string
     * (final)File upload and open_basedir problem
     * (final)Left frame not reloaded after reading of export file

   Detailed list of changes since version 2.2.0 is available under


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     The software is provided as is without any express or implied
     warranty, but there is a bugs tracker page under:

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Known bugs

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

   - An "Illegal mix of collations" error happens on the Search page under
     certain circumstances, on MySQL versions 4.1.x and later
     (bug #1033388)

   To be informed about new releases fixing these problems, please
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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 47 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.

     This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
     but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
     GNU General Public License for more details.

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EOF -- Alexander M. Turek and Marc Delisle/ 2004-09-27

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