I am tasked with getting a copy of a table on a MySQL 4.0 server synced to a completely different database on a MySQL 5.6 server every few minutes for the purposes of having that table available during a migration phase for a really old application. Basically this: ->

The table is ~65,000 rows and ~18MB.

Obviously I cannot use replication with version 4.0. I have looked at using mysqlhotcopy, but it appears that it only copies entire databases, and I need the table to live in a different database on the destination host. I have also looked at using mysqldump, however I cannot have the table on the new server be dropped for the new data to be inserted resulting in queries that see an empty table, and if I use --insert-ignore --no-create-db --no-create-info it still does not account for deleted rows on the source table. I also looked at selecting all rows from the existing table and doing a REPLACE INTO, or INSERT/UPDATE ON DUPLICATE KEY but this would also not account for rows that were deleted from the source table. Any thoughts on how to accomplish this?

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This looks interesting and might (just might) be a solution to your issue. It shows how a 4.1 server can simulate Stored Procedures (SPs - not available till version 5 of the MySQL server) using the Federated storage engine. Basically, it shows that a 5.x server can access data on a 4.x server and even update that data. It also shows that you can use 5.x to read the data also. This is probably a good fit for your requirements, however the federated engine does not support transactions. It's also covered here (Morgan Tocker is a MySQL community manager).

  • Ah yes, federated tables! This is exactly what I needed! Could you please edit your answer to include some details about the solution posted in the link and I will give you credit for answering? Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 17:58

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