smc> What you said is quite right, but there is one crucial statement,
smc> which is " the problem is a slow client process consuming the data"
smc> . That might imply some errors in client - server application design
smc> Client - side must always be so designed so that data on server do
smc> not have to wait for it.
This means that the stability of Mysql can be break by a not well
designed client ... this is not good at all !
Isn't the goal of Mysql to be the reliable and stable ?
Even with a well designed client, we are not protected from network
problems, etc ...