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The MySQL™ software delivers a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user, and robust SQL (Structured Query Language) database server. MySQL Server is intended for mission-critical, heavy-load production systems as well as for embedding into mass-deployed software. MySQL is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
The MySQL software is Dual Licensed. Users can choose to use the MySQL software as an Open Source product under the terms of the GNU General Public License (http://www.fsf.org/licenses/) or can purchase a standard commercial license from Sun Microsystems, Inc. See http://www.mysql.com/company/legal/licensing/ for more information on our licensing policies.
The following list describes some sections of particular interest in this manual:
For a discussion about the capabilities of the MySQL Database Server, see Section 1.3.3, “The Main Features of MySQL”.
For future plans, see Section 1.4, “MySQL Development Roadmap”.
For a tutorial introduction to the MySQL Database Server, see Chapter 3, Tutorial.
For information about configuring and administering MySQL Server, see Chapter 5, MySQL Server Administration.
For information about setting up replication servers, see Chapter 16, Replication.
For answers to a number of questions that are often asked concerning the MySQL Database Server and its capabilities, see Appendix A, MySQL 5.1 Frequently Asked Questions.
For a list of currently known bugs and misfeatures, see Section B.1.8, “Known Issues in MySQL”.
For a list of all the contributors to this project, see Section 1.8, “Credits”.
For a history of new features and bugfixes, see Appendix C, MySQL Change History.
For tips on porting the MySQL Database Software to new architectures or operating systems, see MySQL Internals: Porting.
For benchmarking information, see the
sql-bench benchmarking directory in your
To report errors (often called “bugs”), please use the instructions at Section 1.6, “How to Report Bugs or Problems”.
If you have found a sensitive security bug in MySQL Server, please
let us know immediately by sending an email message to