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Two DatabaseLink issues
First issue: I was unable to connect to a mySQL database via OpenSQLConnection. Here's what tech support said: [begin quote] Can you upgrade your jdbc drivers? Mathematica 5.1 ships with an older version and it seems to be causing problems. You should delete (or rename) the old one, which is located here: <installation_dir_for_Mathematica/AddOns/Applications/DatabaseLink/Java/ The newer drivers can be found here: http://www.mysql.com/products/connector/j/ [end quote] That fixed the problem. Second issue: A new problem arose as soon as I obtained a connection. When I tried to get all the rows (there are about 330,000) I got an error: (Local) In:= in=SQLSelect[conn, "table_name"]; >From (Local) In:= JDBC::error: JDBC error: Null It turns out that Java is running out of memory. (The error message is not very informative.) By reading the code in DatabaseLink.m and SQL.m, it is easy to see that InstallJava is being called. The fix is to install Java with more than the default maximum memory allotment. Since DatabaseLink has direct provision for this, the solution is to load JLink and install Java *before* calling DatabaseLink: <<JLink` InstallJava[CommandLine -> "java -Xmx500m"] <<DatabaseLink` The command line switch increases the maximum memory for Java from its default (60MB?) to 500MB. Java needed just under 400 MB for my query. The ByteCount for the table in Mathematica is about 125 MB. I wonder if DatabaseLink is taking advantages of the features available in the new drivers. At the above-referenced URL, it says: The driver now also supports "streaming" result sets, which allows users to retrieve large numbers of rows without using a large memory buffer. That's all for now. --Mark.