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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Since Mysql is "helpful" and converts every column value from string to a number, there's no chance in hell it'll use indexes to do the lookup.

    The way you fix it in the query is by using quotes around the literal value.

    But Mysql should do the proper thing and that is, IMnsHO, to convert the user data to the column type, and then do the lookup.