Moving an old app that was set up 8 years ago. I've run mysqldump and now I'm trying to load it into a new MySQL database running on AWS RDS.

There was a mismatch in types. There was a text field that has too much information in it, but apparently the limits were not strictly enforced on the old database. I think I can fix this if I can do this:

set innodb_strict_mode = OFF;

I read this carefully and followed the directions:

Why is innodb strict mode not enabling?

But if I try:

set innodb_strict_mode = OFF;

I get:

ERROR 1227 (42000): Access denied; you need (at least one of) the SYSTEM_VARIABLES_ADMIN or SESSION_VARIABLES_ADMIN privilege(s) for this operation

I've spent hours trying to figure out if there is a way I can get the right privileges on RDS, but I can't find anything. Does anyone know?

This page makes it sound hopeless:


It says:

"The command for the line referenced in the error message requires SUPER privilege(s) that aren't provided in RDS DB instances."

If that is true, then is there some work around? I can't simply throw away millions of records.


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Yes, you can set this via a param group. See Working With Param Groups


  1. create new param group
  2. edit innodb_strict_mode, set to 0 for off, 1 for on
  3. modify db instance and apply new param group to it
  4. reboot instance

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