How can I temporarily disable a foreign key constraint in MySQL?
Asked 07 September, 2021
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Is it possible to temporarily disable constraints in MySQL?

I have two Django models, each with a foreign key to the other one. Deleting instances of a model returns an error because of the foreign key constraint:

cursor.execute("DELETE FROM myapp_item WHERE n = %s", n)
transaction.commit_unless_managed()  #a foreign key constraint fails here

cursor.execute("DELETE FROM myapp_style WHERE n = %s", n)
transaction.commit_unless_managed()

Is it possible to temporarily disable constraints and delete anyway?

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