Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#23446 closed New feature

mysqldb1 is no longer maintained and should not be recommended — at Initial Version

Reported by: frewsxcv Owned by: nobody
Component: Database layer (models, ORM) Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: frewsxcv, django@… Triage Stage: Ready for checkin
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no

Description

Currently, the documentation recommends mysqldb1. Here is why this recommendation is hurting the community, especially new users using MySQL with Django:

  • mysqldb1 is not compatible with Python 3
  • mysqldb1 has not had a commit since November 2013 (besides one tox commit from January 2014).
  • mysqldb1's author, farcepest, is not addressing any of the GitHub issues (and is inactive on GitHub in general)
  • the latest version of mysqldb1, 1.2.5 has a regression from its previous version 1 2 and it has not been addressed

In an attempt to solve this dilemma, I propose we stop recommending it as a MySQL driver in the documentation.

In replace of it, I would like to recommend a fork called [mysqlclient https://pypi.python.org/pypi/mysqlclient/1.3.2]. A diff between mysqlclient and mysqldb1 can be found here. Some of the benefits of mysqlclient over mysqldb1:

  • mysqlclient supports Python 2.7 and Python 3.x (same as Django)
  • mysqlclient is authored by the same team that authored PyMySQL and much more active

If others agree, I would be happy to write the copy in the documentation to support this change.

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