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MySQL 5.5 Reference Manual  /  Errors, Error Codes, and Common Problems  /  Error Information Interfaces

B.2 Error Information Interfaces

Error messages can originate on the server side or the client side, and each error message includes an error code, SQLSTATE value, and message string, as described in Section B.1, “Error Message Sources and Components”. For lists of server-side and client-side errors, see Section B.3, “Server Error Message Reference”, and Section B.4, “Client Error Message Reference”.

For error checking from within programs, use error code numbers or symbols, not error message strings. Message strings do not change often, but it is possible. Also, if the database administrator changes the language setting, that affects the language of message strings; see Section 10.11, “Setting the Error Message Language”.

Error information in MySQL is available in the server error log, at the SQL level, from within client programs, and at the command line.

Error Log

On the server side, some messages are intended for the error log. For information about configuring where and how the server writes the log, see Section 5.4.2, “The Error Log”.

Other server error messages are intended to be sent to client programs and are available as described in Client Error Message Interface.

SQL Error Message Interface

At the SQL level, there are several sources of error information in MySQL:

  • SQL statement warning and error information is available through the SHOW WARNINGS and SHOW ERRORS statements. The warning_count system variable indicates the number of errors, warnings, and notes (with notes excluded if the sql_notes system variable is disabled). The error_count system variable indicates the number of errors. Its value excludes warnings and notes.

  • SHOW SLAVE STATUS statement output includes information about replication errors occurring on replication slave servers.

  • SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS statement output includes information about the most recent foreign key error if a CREATE TABLE statement for an InnoDB table fails.

Client Error Message Interface

Client programs receive errors from two sources:

  • Errors that originate on the client side from within the MySQL client library.

  • Errors that originate on the server side and are sent to the client by the server. These are received within the client library, which makes them available to the host client program.

Regardless of whether an error originates from within the client library or is received from the server, a MySQL client program obtains the error code, SQLSTATE value, message string, and other related information by calling C API functions in the client library:

For descriptions of the client library error functions, see Section 23.8, “MySQL C API”.

A MySQL client program may respond to an error in varying ways. The client may display the error message so the user can take corrective measures, internally attempt to resolve or retry a failed operation, or take other action. For example, (using the mysql client), a failure to connect to the server might result in this message:

shell> mysql -h no-such-host
ERROR 2005 (HY000): Unknown MySQL server host 'no-such-host' (0)

Command-Line Error Message Interface

The perror program provides information from the command line about error numbers. See Section 4.8.1, “perror — Display MySQL Error Message Information”.

shell> perror 1231
MySQL error code 1231 (ER_WRONG_VALUE_FOR_VAR): Variable '%-.64s' can't
be set to the value of '%-.200s'

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