pouya pouya - 3 months ago 6x
MySQL Question

Mysql truncates concatenated result of a GROUP_CONCAT Function

I've created a view which uses GROUP_CONCAT to concatenate results from a query on products column with data type of

'varchar(7) utf8_general_ci'
in a column named
The problem is that mysql truncates value of concat_products column.
phpMyAdmin says the data type of concat_products column is
varchar(341) utf8_bin

table products:

CREATE TABLE `products`(
`productId` tinyint(2) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
`product` varchar(7) COLLATE utf8_general_ci NOT NULL,
`price` mediumint(5) unsigned NOT NULL,
PRIMARY KEY (`productId`))

concat_products_vw View:

CREATE VIEW concat_products_vw AS
GROUP_CONCAT(CONCAT_WS('_', `product`, `productId`, `price`)
ORDER BY `productId` ASC SEPARATOR '*') AS concat_products
LEFT JOIN `products`
ON `users`.`accountBalance` >= `product`.`price`
GROUP BY `productId`

according to mysql manual

Values in VARCHAR columns are variable-length strings

Length can be specified as a value from 1 to 255 before MySQL 4.0.2 and 0 to 255 as of MySQL 4.0.2.


Values in VARCHAR columns are variable-length strings. The length can be specified as a value from 0 to 65,535.

  1. Why mysql specifies more than 255 characters for varchar concat_products column?(solved!)

  2. Why uf8_bin instead of utf8_general_ci?

  3. Is it possible to change the data type of a column in a view for example in my case to text for concat_products column?

  4. If not what can i do to prevent mysql from truncating concat_products column?


As I already wrote in an earlier comment, the MySQL manual says:

Values in VARCHAR columns are variable-length strings. The length can be specified as a value from 0 to 65,535.

So the problem is not with the data type of the field.

The MySQL manual also says:

The result is truncated to the maximum length that is given by the group_concat_max_len system variable, which has a default value of 1024. The value can be set higher, although the effective maximum length of the return value is constrained by the value of max_allowed_packet. The syntax to change the value of group_concat_max_len at runtime is as follows, where val is an unsigned integer: SET [GLOBAL | SESSION] group_concat_max_len = val;

Your options for changing the value of group_concat_max_len are:

  1. changing the value at MySQL startup by appending this to the command:
  2. adding this line in your MySQL configuration file (mysql.ini): group_concat_max_len=your_value_here
  3. running this command after MySQL startup:
    SET GLOBAL group_concat_max_len=your_value_here;
  4. running this command after opening a MySQL connection:
    SET SESSION group_concat_max_len=your_value_here;

Documentation: SET, Server System Variables: group_concat_max_len