Server-side cursors are implemented in the C API using the
The same implementation is used for cursors in stored routines. A
server-side cursor enables a result set to be generated on the
server side, but not transferred to the client except for those
rows that the client requests. For example, if a client executes a
query but is only interested in the first row, the remaining rows
are not transferred.
In MySQL, a server-side cursor is materialized into an internal
temporary table. Initially, this is a
table, but is converted to a
MyISAM table when
its size exceeds the minimum value of the
tmp_table_size system variables.
The same restrictions apply to internal temporary tables created
to hold the result set for a cursor as for other uses of internal
temporary tables. See Internal Temporary Table Use in MySQL.
One limitation of the implementation is that for a large result
set, retrieving its rows through a cursor might be slow.
Cursors are read only; you cannot use a cursor to update rows.
UPDATE WHERE CURRENT OF and
WHERE CURRENT OF are not implemented, because updatable
cursors are not supported.
Cursors are nonholdable (not held open after a commit).
Cursors are asensitive.
Cursors are nonscrollable.
Cursors are not named. The statement handler acts as the cursor ID.
You can have open only a single cursor per prepared statement. If you need several cursors, you must prepare several statements.
You cannot use a cursor for a statement that generates a result
set if the statement is not supported in prepared mode. This
includes statements such as
HANDLER READ, and
SHOW BINLOG EVENTS.