> I have been trying for days to find a simple command in MySQL where I can
> automatically delete records based on some criteria after a certain
> I found this in the MySQL manual, but I guess it only works with version
> 5.1+. Unfortunately the version I need this to work on is 4.1, and can't be
> CREATE EVENT e_hourly
> ON SCHEDULE
> EVERY 1 HOUR
> COMMENT 'Clears out sessions table each hour.'
> DELETE FROM something;
> Is there something similar in version 4.1 that will do the same thing.
No. But there are cron jobs :-) And if you're deleting many rows and
you don't want to interfere with other running queries (sounds like this
is an OLTP system), try MySQL Archiver with the --purge argument
(http://mysqltoolkit.sourceforge.net/). It's much more efficient at
large data volumes than a single DELETE statement.