- upgrading from mysql 5.0.xx to 5.5
I wouldn't say it's straightforward. It depends on how risk-tolerant you are. At a minimum, the mysql_upgrade process needs to happen. I believe that if the data is important, using pt-upgrade to validate that everything still works as expected afterwards is also pretty much a minimal requirement for such a big upgrade. The MySQL manual's upgrading pages for each major version, and the changelogs between those versions, are important to read too. One of the things I try to make everyone aware of when upgrading from 5.0 -> 5.1+ is the change in some of the charset/collations that happened in 5.1.24
In specific this changelog.
This percona blog post mentions the compatibility patches introduced in 5.1.58 by percona:
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