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The following is a list of features considered for 5.6.

As soon as 5.3/5.5 is declared gamma we have to decode who will work on what features for 5.6. All features that has a designed developer who agrees to get the thing done in a given timeline will be considered as a 5.6 feature. Then we will also create a new kb page with the to-be-done features.

The items below that have a name after them are already allocated to a developer.

If you want to be part of developing any of these features, get an account and add your name after the feature you are interested in. You can also add new features to this list or to the worklog.

OpenGIS compliance

  • create required tables: GeometryColumns, related views. (Holyfoot)
  • stored procedure AddGeometryColumn (Holyfoot)
  • prefill the spatial_ref_sys table. (Holyfoot)
  • Add possible III-rd coordinate (Altitude). (Holyfoot)
  • Distance3D, related optimization.
  • Precise math coordinates instead of DOUBLE-s.


  • optimize simple queries with Intersects(), Within, Distance()<X
  • add Distance_sphere() and the related optimization.

Online operations

  • Extension to bigger datatype (var)char(n) (n+x)
  • Online extension of any NUMERIC datatype ; Like ALTER tinyint -> smallint
  • Extend ENUM done need more visibility
  • Alter comment (Monty)
  • Online Add and drop index (Drop is easy to implement MyISAM/ARIA)
  • Online OPTIMIZE
  • Online ANALYSE
  • Add ALTER ONLINE TABLE (Done by Monty: Syntax added in 5.3; When ONLINE is used, one gets an error if the ALTER TABLE can't be done online)
  • Look at patch for online backport sent to maria-developers


  • Date & time embedded timezone (Need sponsor)
  • IPV6 native type
    • Functions ; Functions exists in public patch (MP)
    • Datatype ;Old patch exists
  • Extended timestamp > 2038
  • 1M tables Information schema (MP will investigate)
  • 1M users requirements
    • Roles
  • mysql.* in any engine
  • LOG tables in a log_schema schema
  • User Ldap Authentification like Drizzle
  • Make openssl hash functions available for user. (Bank will sponsor)
  • Query logging and summary per query MWL#179
  • Auditing for specific user (to general log)
  • Flush and reload variables from my.cnf


  • Replication filters, like --replicate-do-db and friends, need to be possible to change dynamically, without having to restart the server. Having to stop the slave should ideally also not be needed, but is less of a problem.
  • Transactional storage of slave state, rather than file-based and . So the slave can recover consistently after a crash.
  • Global transaction ID, so the slave state becomes recoverable, and facilitate automatic moving a slave to a new master across multi-level hierarchies.
  • Support in global transaction ID for master_pos_wait()
  • Hooks around rotation of the binlog, so user can configure shell commands when a new log is started and when it is ended. The command must be run asynchroneously, and get the old and new log file name as arguments.
  • Reduce fsyncs from 3 to 1 in group commit with binary log (MWL#164)
  • Parallel applying of binary log in slave (MWL#169)
  • Replication APIs, as per MWL#107 (Needs sponsor)
    • Most important MWL#120 and MWL#133, for obtaining and applying events.
    • Then a mechanism for prioritizing transactions.
  • Binlog events checksums MWL#180 (DONE in 5.3)
  • Multi source (Slave can have multiple masters). MWL#201. There is a partial sponsorship for this already.

Statistics and monitoring

  • Strategic direction: Enterprise monitoring
    • graphing and data aggregation tools, server monitoring, etc.
    • customer has reported that Merlin is inadequate, should we enter into this market? (MonYog, SkySQL, Percona, Oli Sennhauser, Open Query etc is doing tools)
  • QA request: better EXPLAIN (HIGH priority; MP; Spetrunia)
    • required in order to debug performance issues in queries without knowing the query or the data;
    • the customer will only provide EXPLAIN and SHOW output, we need to debug based on that;
    • required to ensure repeatable query execution for InnoDB;
    • may allow various statistics to be reported by the server regardless of engine;
  • U/C at Oracle: OPTIMIZER tracing spetrunia: report actual estimates, and all decisions of the optimizer, including why an index was *not* picked, etc.
  • Developed by Serg for MariaDB 5.3: Phone Home todo: make a web page on showing the results from the data being collected (Holyfoot or Bryan); pstoev: do we need to allow people to run their own reporting servers;
  • Present in MySQL 5.5: Performance Schema
    • what do we want to do with it, embrace it, extend it?
    • or it is better to have more SHOW commands and INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables?
    • are going to use Facebook's user stats/index stats patch or create a PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA-based solution? (MP + Percona)
  • FB request: log all SQL errors (Holyfoot to do in 5.5); MWL#177
  • FB request: more options for controlling the slow query log MWL#181
    • sample one out of every N queries or transactions ; with N ~ 99 (Patch by FB; Will be changed to use AUDIT)
  • idea: collect statistics per query text, or normalized query text and report;
  • FB request: EXPLAIN the *actual* plan on a *running* statement; no progress indicators and numbers are needed; MWL#182 (In Progress)
  • request by community: progress bar for queries such as LOAD DATA and SELECT;
    • what numbers are to be reported? time to elapsed, time to completion, number of rows processed?
    • how to estimate the total running time of the query;
    • Percona has support for this .
  • FB request: limit total temptable size on the server (MP) MWL#183
  • FB patch: Admission Control (MP)
    • limit number of concurrently running queries per user;
    • if all user queries are blocked, allow a few more queries to join;
  • Kurt: Integration with log watching tools
    • alter log formats to make them compatible with tools;
    • include logwatch mysql-specific config file in packages/distributions;
  • FB request: Better monitoring for replication (FB has patch; MP will add)
    • a counter for the total number of bytes read by I/O thread that does not rotate on log rotation;
    • "seconds behind real master" to report the actual time the slave I/O thread is behind (MP will look into this)
  • community request: prevent full scans from running at all above a certain table size;
    • is existing max-join-size variable sufficient or more granula control is needed?
  • FB patch: report the time spent in individual phases of query processing (MP)


  • Implement UNION ALL without usage of a temporary table
  • Persistent data statistics (Igor)
  • Cost model cleanup (Don't assume things are B-trees)
    • Consistent cost interface trough handler methods
  • Put cost related constants into variables
    • Automatic tuning of cost constants for specific setup (SSD / TAPE)
  • Grace HASH join (Need sponsor)
  • Sort merge join (Need sponsor)
  • Make optimizer switch more user friendly (Sanja)
  • Better item_equal (Igor & Monty)
  • Less fetches of data pages.


  • Generic query pushdown
  • Apply it to federated
  • Timours old list of tasks


  • Better multi CPU performance above 16 cores (Work with Intel)
  • Thread pool (Wlad)
  • More scalable query cache under higher concurrency (Sanja)
    • Allow stale data (Sanja)
  • Predictive parser to replace yacc based ; 5 % speedup for simpler queries
  • Faster WHERE (a,b) in ((1,2),(2,3)...huge list...)
  • Faster VIEW (Not open frm & parse query for every access); Speed up simple view handling 2x


  • Concurrent UPDATE & DELETE. MWL#235 (Have partial sponsor)
  • Segmented key cache for Aria
  • MIN/MAX indexes
  • Index withing key pages to speed up lookup on compressed key pages.
  • Fast next not same


  • do_select refactoring to remove if's and make each code group (like end_select) smaller (small speedup and cleaner code)

Memory tables

- VARCHAR and BLOB support (Have sponsor; Will be implemented for 5.5)

User friendly features

  • Better/safer upgrade (?)
  • Better option files in distributions.
  • Table functions (Timour)

Other things

  • Percona patches (Monty & Sanja)
  • LGPL/BSD client library (MP)
  • Enhance RQG to test for query correctness and performance on production workloads during upgrade (MWL#178)


  • query rewrite (WL#144)
  • full-text search engine plugin (WL#143)
  • Plugin Loader (WL#162)
  • smaller, nice to have, tasks:
    • show plugins soname ... (WL#80)
    • mutex/condition service (WL#83)
    • INSTALL PLUGIN * (WL#77)
    • duplicate plugin names (WL#79)
    • create a charset service (WL#81)


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