|...the difference is mainly in column order...
I was thinking of not considering these significant. Well, not in the initial version (I was thinking hashes rather than diffs ;-).
...but also the id and status columns are not qualified as "unsigned"...
I would consider those significant. Database engines might just change a flag in the format instead of updating each field: that's their business.
...you could always create a new table and load it from the old one, then rename the results...
That would be the database independent fallback. But since renaming a table is not standard SQL (is it, it would involve:
- creating a temporary table
- dumping the table data in there
- drop the original table
- create with new schema
- copy the data back over
- drop the temporary table
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