MySQL Losing Connection?

There are some known issues, I've commented on this before, check out
the thread:

** Warning total hack**

You can actually get rid of this error by making a sleeper thread that wakes up and verifies the database connection. Add this to the bottom of your environment.rb file:{ loop{ sleep(60*60); ActiveRecord::Base.verify_active_connections! } }.priority = -10

  That will wake up one an hour and verify the active database connections. Adjust the time to suit your situation. Note that this only addresses the issue with the database connection timeout. There are some other things that can cause the loas connection error that this does not fix.


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My question now is: Is there any movement yet on being able to actually
access the mysql reconnect setting from the rails/mongrel configuration
somewhere, so that the app can just reconnect to mysql when it needs to?
I'm really quite surprised that an issue like this would even be allowed
into production applications written in Rails, yet people are using it
all over. Is there an acceptable solution to this problem that doesn't
require a hack of the mysql driver code or a sleeper thread bandaid?

Thanks in advance,

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