I am accessing the magento MYSQL database from an external program (NOT php related).
Problem is, the mysql database seems to disconnect me, and it does not seem to matter if I have active traffic to the database or not.
I think have narrowed this down to the mysql setting wait_timeout which magento seems to have set to 300 seconds.
I can not find any documentation if it is OK to increase this setting, or if there are other settings that will allow me to stay connected to the database without interfering with magento operation.
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.