Schrödinger’s Mysql table – does it exist?

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Recently I ran in to a particularly odd database problem – a mysql table that both existed and didn’t at the same time. Queries were failing, reporting that the table didn’t exist. Yet when I tried to recreate this Schrödinger’s table, mysql insisted that it already existed, and wouldn’t recreate it. So what gives? The ...

Mysqldump syntax error fixed

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Recently I needed to move a database I had running in RDS to a machine on a new digitalocean account. A simple enough process, the first step of which was to export the database from RDS, but I pretty quickly ran in to a mysqldump syntax error. 1234mysqldump: Couldn't execute 'SET OPTION SQL_QUOTE_SHOW_CREATE=1': You have ...