Opened 8 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#10358 closed (fixed) sqlall is not truncating long table names for ManyToManyField

Reported by: jb0t Owned by: jacob
Component: Documentation Version: 1.0
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If you have a ManyToManyField in your model, and it is comprised of long model and app names, you will find that when you use sqlall appname it will truncate at 64 characters, rather than 32 with a hash as described here

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comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by jacob

  • milestone set to 1.1
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comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by russellm

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comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by deadwisdom

  • Owner changed from nobody to deadwisdom

Changed 7 years ago by deadwisdom

comment:4 Changed 7 years ago by deadwisdom

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comment:5 Changed 7 years ago by jacob

  • Owner changed from deadwisdom to jacob
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comment:6 Changed 7 years ago by jacob

  • Resolution set to fixed
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(In [10371]) Fixed a whole bunch of small docs typos, errors, and ommissions.

Fixes #8358, #8396, #8724, #9043, #9128, #9247, #9267, #9267, #9375, #9409, #9414, #9416, #9446, #9454, #9464, #9503, #9518, #9533, #9657, #9658, #9683, #9733, #9771, #9835, #9836, #9837, #9897, #9906, #9912, #9945, #9986, #9992, #10055, #10084, #10091, #10145, #10245, #10257, #10309, #10358, #10359, #10424, #10426, #10508, #10531, #10551, #10635, #10637, #10656, #10658, #10690, #10699, #19528.

Thanks to all the respective authors of those tickets.

comment:7 Changed 7 years ago by ramiro

Actually, the note added to the docs is incorrect, as it was the content it replaced.

Django doesn't set a hard limit of 64 nor 32 characters on the names of the auto-generated m2m intermediary tables, is simply uses the max identifier length (provided by a DatabaseOperations.max_name_length() method) reported by the backend, if any.

The Django MySQL DB backend doesn't define max_name_length() and because of that the ORM machinery doesn't truncate the m2m table name at all. I suspect what the OP was seeing is MySQL showing its 64 chars limitation (a comment in the Django source seems to indicate that MySQL doesn't have a hard limit on the length of identifiers, but rather it only considers the first 64 chars to discern among them, I couldn't confirm this).

In contrast, in the Oracle case the RDBMS identifier hard limit is 30, this is correctly reported by the Django DB backend and so an identifier of length > 30 will get converted to a 30 char identifier composed of the original 26 first chars plus 4 chars of and MD5 hash.

Because of the above, IMHO the current note lacks generality and is a bit misleading even in the case of MySQL.

comment:8 Changed 5 years ago by jacob

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