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Funny MySQL command line option

MySQL has atleast one funny named command line option that made me chuckle. The option is named “-i-am-a-dummy”. From the MySQL manual:

Allow only those UPDATE and DELETE statements that specify which rows to modify by using key values. If you have set this option in an option file, you can override it by using -safe-updates on the command line.

This option is an alias of “-safe-upfates”. I wonder for a while what is the story behind having two alternate names for the same thing. Maybe it’s just the MySQL folks having some fun.

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