I have mysql 5.6 installed.
I have a query that uses group_concat to concatenate a list of user ids into one string with ','. i need to increase the limit of
the documentation states that
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.
so increasing group_concat in so many percentage doesn't seem like the right call.. first, it means changing other system variables that my affect the system in different ways
besides that, it's a very big project that has only one group_concat query, so I don't want to modify other system variables only for one specific query.
and in general what @Strawberry said is correct, the value is set to 1024 by default. probably for a good reason.
so I divided my query to two queries..
the first, returns all the data that I need besides the group_concat column
the second, returns all the relevant rows that I used to group_cocat.