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This chapter describes the APIs available for MySQL, where to get them, and how to use them. The C API is the most extensively covered, because it was developed by the MySQL team, and is the basis for most of the other APIs. This chapter also covers some programs that are useful for application developers.
The embedded MySQL server library is NOT part of MySQL 5.0. It is part of previous editions and will be included in future versions, starting with MySQL 5.1. You can find appropriate documentation in the corresponding manuals for these versions. In this manual, only an overview of the embedded library is provided.
The embedded MySQL server library makes it possible to run a full-featured MySQL server inside a client application. The main benefits are increased speed and more simple management for embedded applications.
The embedded server library is based on the client/server version of MySQL, which is written in C/C++. Consequently, the embedded server also is written in C/C++. There is no embedded server available in other languages.
The API is identical for the embedded MySQL version and the client/server version. To change an old threaded application to use the embedded library, you normally only have to add calls to the following functions:
|Function||When to Call|
|Should be called before any other MySQL function is called, preferably
early in the |
|Should be called before your program exits.|
|Should be called in each thread you create that accesses MySQL.|
|Should be called before calling |
Then you must link your code with
functions are also included in
libmysqlclient.a to allow you to change
between the embedded and the client/server version by just linking
your application with the right library. See
Section 184.108.40.206, “
One difference between the embedded server and the standalone
server is that for the embedded server, authentication for
connections is disabled by default. To use authentication for the
embedded server, specify the
--with-embedded-privilege-control option when you
invoke configure to configure your MySQL