mysql gotchas

What Does GA (General Availability) Mean?

I have a question I wanted to throw out. The term “GA” gets batted around all the time as meaning, the production-ready version of MySQL server. However, googling for quite a bit, I can’t find a definition for GA (other than what I stated above, i.e. production-ready). What does this mean in terms of bugs? Features? Anything else I might be missing?

SHOW VARIABLES Shows Variables MySQL Does Not Know About

The listing of Dynamic System Variables on the MySQL Reference Manual’s page is supposed to show those variables you can change on-the-fly. The link at the top of this post, links to the 4.1 version of the manual, just in case folks are thinking I’m using a newer manual version. Mind you, I have this problem with 5.0.45 as well as 4.1.20.