Anonymous One Anonymous One - 2 months ago 5x
MySQL Question

Execution order of expressions in SELECT statement

I want to know if the execution order of expressions in

statement always takes place from left to right.

SET @a := 0;

@a AS first,
@a := @a + 1 AS second,
@a := @a + 1 AS third,
@a := @a + 1 AS fourth,
@a := @a + 1 AS fifth,
@a := @a + 1 AS sixth;

Is it guaranteed that the above query will always generate the following output?

first second third fourth fifth sixth
0 1 2 3 4 5


According to the MySQL manual:

However, the order of evaluation for expressions involving user variables is undefined

So the answer to your question, is no, the execution order is not guaranteed.