I.2. Restrictions on Server-Side Cursors
Server-side cursors are implemented in the C API via the
mysql_stmt_attr_set() function. The same
implementation is used for cursors in stored routines. A
server-side cursor allows a result set to be generated on the
server side, but not transferred to the client except for those
rows that the client requests. For example, if a client executes a
query but is only interested in the first row, the remaining rows
are not transferred.
In MySQL, a server-side cursor is materialized into a temporary
table. Initially, this is a
MEMORY table, but
is converted to a
MyISAM table if its size
reaches the value of the
system variable. One limitation of the implementation is that for
a large result set, retrieving its rows through a cursor might be
Cursors are read-only; you cannot use a cursor to update rows.
UPDATE WHERE CURRENT OF and
WHERE CURRENT OF are not implemented, because updatable
cursors are not supported.
Cursors are non-holdable (not held open after a commit).
Cursors are asensitive.
Cursors are non-scrollable.
Cursors are not named. The statement handler acts as the cursor
You can have open only a single cursor per prepared statement. If
you need several cursors, you must prepare several statements.
You cannot use a cursor for a statement that generates a result
set if the statement is not supported in prepared mode. This
includes statements such as
HANDLER READ, and