On Jun 8, 2009, at 5:08 PM, Zhixuan Zhu wrote:
> This may sound minor, but it creates lots of trouble to us. For some
> reason MySQL disallow column names with trailing space in create
> We're doing lots of "create table as select" type of queries and so
> statements like this will fail:
> Create table test as select "command ", command_type from
> We plan to relax the trailing space limitation by modifying table.cc
> build mysql 5.1.26 from source). Will that cause troubles else where?
> Another option is that we can remove the trailing spaces in
> before the field name is passed to check_column_name(). But just
> wondering why MySQL wouldn't do the same thing. Is there any pitfalls?
In the documentation, "Database, table, and column names should not
end with space characters" first appears in the 4.0.21 and 4.1.3
manuals. I don't know whether there is a bug report associated with
the change -- I don't see anything in the changelogs -- or what the
rationale is for the change. Possibly it has something to do with
with end spaces being not significant in string comparisons, but
that's just a wild guess.
Sun Microsystems / MySQL Documentation Team
Madison, Wisconsin, USA