I found myself in a peculiar situation last week. I’d been asked to downgrade a server from MySQL 4.1 to MySQL 3.23. Believe me, I tried to advise against the request, but I didn’t succeed. I made a MySQL 3.23 compatible dump with –compatible=mysql323, but the dump came out with backticks around the database names. This works with some 3.23 versions, but it doesn’t work with others. Apparently RHEL 3’s MySQL 3.