SET Variable statement

I'm trying to write a SQL script that creates a database and a few other things.

I'm having trouble with a user defined variable statement.

SET @dbname = CAST(trees AS VARCHAR(10)); comes directly from

And I keep getting --> Error: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MariaDB server version for the right syntax to use near 'VARCHAR(10))' at line 1

Running MariaDB 10.0.20 on SLES 12, I have no idea what the problem is ?

Answer Answered by Elena Stepanova in this comment.

You need prepared statements to pull it off. Something like

SET @dbname = 'name';
SET @sql = CONCAT('drop database if exists ', @dbname);
PREPARE stmt FROM @sql;


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