Is it risky to update MySQL version?

Started by rickys, Mar 09, 2023, 04:36 AM

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Currently, Debian has MySQL 5.3.73 installed, and it uses postfix 2.7.1 as the database, along with roundcube. I need to add a database to SQL that is compatible with an application requiring at least SQL 5.5. If I update SQL, will this break postfix?


If you find it quite intiŠ¼idating, you have the option of assembling it from the provided samples and placing it in the appropriate folder. Additionally, don't forget to modify the port in the configuration.

For a comprehensive understanding of any significant changes, it is advisable to consult the changelog on the official website or visit this link:

Fortunately, there haven't been any crucial modifications that would disrupt backward compatibility. Primarily, they have addressed and resolved various bugs.

However, exercise caution when dealing with a few specific versions, as complications may arise. For instance, in my case, my user table experienced some issues, such as a change in the number of fields. Prior to proceeding, make sure to thoroughly review the upgrade guide.


If there are only a few databases, it is advisable to create backups first before proceeding with the update or complete removal of the old version of MySQL. It is essential to remember that besides the databases, there are users and their associated privileges to consider. Therefore, it is crucial to preserve and transfer these settings accordingly. Once the new version is installed, you can recreate the databases, set up the users, and assign the required privileges.


Debian 6 is no longer up to date and has become outdated. Therefore, it is essential to handle the migration process carefully. Begin by creating backups and then proceed with migrating to Debian 7, followed by versions 8 and 9. When migrating, pay close attention to transferring the configurations cautiously. While there is a high chance that they will function without any issues, keep in mind that there may be changes in the postfix admin schemes. It is essential to maintain the overall integrity and compatibility with Debian 6 throughout the entire migration process.


Updating MySQL should not directly break Postfix. Postfix and MySQL are separate software components that can work independently of each other. However, it is always recommended to take precautions and perform a backup before making any significant changes to your system.

That being said, updating the SQL version might have some implications if your application relies on specific features or functionality introduced in MySQL 5.5 or higher. It's essential to ensure that your application is compatible with the updated version of MySQL and that you meet all the necessary requirements.

To minimize any potential issues, you should:

1. Research the compatibility of your application with MySQL 5.5 or higher.
2. Backup your current MySQL database to avoid data loss.
3. Test the application and its integration with the updated MySQL version in a staging environment before performing the update on your production system.

By following these steps, you can mitigate the risk of breaking your application or its integration with Postfix.