16.4.1 Replication Features and Issues Replication and AUTO_INCREMENT Replication and Character Sets Replication of CREATE TABLE ... SELECT Statements Replication of DROP ... IF EXISTS Statements Replication and DIRECTORY Table Options Replication and Floating-Point Values Replication and FLUSH Replication and System Functions Replication and LIMIT Replication and LOAD Operations Replication and the Slow Query Log Replication and REPAIR TABLE Replication and Master or Slave Shutdowns Replication and MEMORY Tables Replication and Temporary Tables Replication of the mysql System Database Replication and User Privileges Replication and the Query Optimizer Replication and Reserved Words Slave Errors During Replication Replication and Server SQL Mode Replication Retries and Timeouts Replication and TIMESTAMP Replication and Time Zones Replication and Transactions Replication and Triggers Replication and Views Replication and Variables

The following sections provide information about what is supported and what is not in MySQL replication, and about specific issues and situations that may occur when replicating certain statements.

Statement-based replication depends on compatibility at the SQL level between the master and slave. In others, successful SBR requires that any SQL features used be supported by both the master and the slave servers. For example, if you use a feature on the master server that is available only in MySQL 5.0 (or later), you cannot replicate to a slave that uses MySQL 4.1 (or earlier).

Such incompatibilities also can occur within a release series when using pre-production releases of MySQL. For example, the SLEEP() function is available beginning with MySQL 5.0.12. If you use this function on the master, you cannot replicate to a slave that uses MySQL 5.0.11 or earlier.

For this reason, use Generally Available (GA) releases of MySQL for statement-based replication in a production setting, since we do not introduce new SQL statements or change their behavior within a given release series once that series reaches GA release status.

If you are planning to use replication between MySQL 5.0 and a previous MySQL release series, it is also a good idea to consult the edition of the MySQL Reference Manual corresponding to the earlier release series for information regarding the replication characteristics of that series.

For additional information specific to replication and InnoDB, see Section, “InnoDB and MySQL Replication”.