Why the switch from readline to libedit?

Asked by Mal

I recently upgraded my workstation from 12.04 to 15.04 and have discovered that familiar functionality in the mysql-client has changed. While both libraries support history searching, readline's is much better.

The manpages (http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/vivid/man1/mysql.1.html) also state that it uses GNU readline, however when running mysql --version, it claims to be using EditLine wrapper:

$ mysql --version
mysql Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.6.24, for debian-linux-gnu (x86_64) using EditLine wrapper

So I got curious as to why it changed. I'd also like to know if there is a good way to switch back short of compiling MySQL Client locally.

Many thanks,

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Mal (mal-graty) said :

Just found an issue for this, seems perhaps it wasn't intentional?

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