Spatial Convenience Function:
This function does not exist in any version of MariaDB but does on MySQL 5.7+ and is critical for spatial conversions. ST_Distance_Sphere makes use for calculating the distance of coordinates from points.
For more information reference MySQL's documentation directly at:
Source Code Reference (thanks to Daniel Black for the commit number):
- relates to
MDEV-17398 Implement Geographic functions available in MySQL 8.0
MDEV-26161 crash in Gis_point::calculate_haversine