This article describes the different methods MariaDB provides to limit/timeout a query:
SELECT ... LIMIT row_count or SELECT ... LIMIT offset, row_count or SELECT ... LIMIT row_count OFFSET offset
The LIMIT clause restricts the number of returned rows.
MariaDB starting with 10.0.0
SELECT ... LIMIT ROWS EXAMINED rows_limit;
Stops the query after 'rows_limit' number of rows have been examined.
SET @@SQL_SAFE_UPDATES=1 UPDATE tbl_name SET not_key_column=val; -> ERROR 1175 (HY000): You are using safe update mode and you tried to update a table without a WHERE that uses a KEY column
SET @@SQL_SELECT_LIMIT=1000 SELECT * from big_table;
The above is the same as:
SELECT * from big_table LIMIT 1000;
If the max_join_size variable (also called
sql_max_join_size) is set, then it will limit
any SELECT statements that probably need to examine more than
SET @@MAX_JOIN_SIZE=1000; SELECT count(null_column) from big_table; ->ERROR 1104 (42000): The SELECT would examine more than MAX_JOIN_SIZE rows; check your WHERE and use SET SQL_BIG_SELECTS=1 or SET MAX_JOIN_SIZE=# if the SELECT is okay
MariaDB starting with 10.1.1
If the max_statement_time variable is set, any query (excluding stored procedures) taking longer than the value of
max_statement_time (specified in seconds) to execute will be aborted. This can be set globally, by session, as well as per user and per query. See Aborting statements that take longer than a certain time to execute.