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How to know what version of mysql client is compatible with what version of the server?

Is there backward or forward compatibility tables from the client and/or server point of view?

For a given version of the server, how to know which clients are compatible, and conversely?

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I do not know of any tables or charts that document this. In general, MySQL Client is backwards compatible, and MySQL support indicates that 5.x clients can communicate with 4.x and 3.x servers.

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