I have encountered some websites that when I used -- to comment the rest of the query it didn't work, but when I tried --+ it worked.

In the MySQL official documentation there is no such thing as --+ and we only have -- and two other ways.

Why does this happen (in detail)? I want to know exactly why this works sometimes and -- doesn't, and why there is no --+ for comments in the MySQL man page?

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    I suppose your question is more related to HTTP than to SQL... Oct 22, 2018 at 15:44
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    @YourCommonSense i had no idea its related to HTTP and not SQL, so why this happens? Oct 22, 2018 at 16:01
  • You can also use # which doesn't need a space after
    – paj28
    Oct 22, 2018 at 16:47

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From the documentation:

From a -- sequence to the end of the line. In MySQL, the -- (double-dash) comment style requires the second dash to be followed by at least one whitespace or control character (such as a space, tab, newline, and so on). This syntax differs slightly from standard SQL comment syntax, as discussed in Section, “'--' as the Start of a Comment”.

(emphasis mine)

Many URL decoders treat + as a space.

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