At 10:08 AM -0800 1999-12-21, Scott Hess wrote:
>> alex writes:
>> > Where can i find a documentation of protocol of mysql ?
>> Protocol is in some depth described in a manual. Broder description
>> can be found in files net.c and net_serv.c .
>Really? Is this manual a different manual than the one on the website?
>I've spent a fair amount of time in that manual and never seen protocol
>documentation I would describe as "in some depth" (or, indeed, "in any
>depth at all").
>[Someone else mentioned that the source code was the documentation - uh,
>yeah, sure. Trying to figure out the protocol from the source code is like
>trying to reconstruct the egg from the omelet. Theoretically possible, but
>practically very very hard. Last time I looked, I was hoping for a nice
>compact function which read a packet off the socket and returned a nice,
>orderly structure, but AFAICT, knowledge about packet format is distributed
>across 7 or 8 source files.]
I was that someone, and the reason I said it was because as far as I know,
the source code *is* the only documentation of the protocol. I didn't say
it was very useful as documentation, since it's really implementation, from
which you have to figure out the protocol specs.
Another possibility might be to take a look at the Java APIs. They don't
use the C API to talk to the server, so they serve as independent
implementations of the protocol.
Paul DuBois, paul@stripped