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Using Variables or Placeholders in MySql

For prepared statements, you can use placeholders (supported as of MySQL version 5.0.7). The following statements will return one row from the tbl table:

SET @a=1;
PREPARE STMT FROM ‘SELECT * FROM tbl LIMIT ?’;
EXECUTE STMT USING @a;

The following statements will return the second to sixth row from the tbl table:

SET @skip=1; SET @numrows=5;
PREPARE STMT FROM ‘SELECT * FROM tbl LIMIT ?, ?’;
EXECUTE STMT USING @skip, @numrows;

For compatibility with PostgreSQL, MySQL also supports the LIMIT row_count OFFSET offset syntax.