I have a question regarding the local.xml (config) file in app/etc/. How is it possible to add multiple initStatements?

Currently it looks like this:

<initStatements><![CDATA[SET NAMES utf8]]></initStatements>

Now I also want to add this:

 <initStatements><![CDATA[SET lock_wait_timeout=120]]></initStatements>

Obviously, I can't just add this line, so there must be a way to append the "SET lock_wait_timeout=120" to "SET NAMES utf8". But now, does anybody know?

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Just use the semicolon ; as a default separator, your initStatement would look like:

<initStatements><![CDATA[SET NAMES utf8; SET lock_wait_timeout=120;]]></initStatements>

alternative: consider putting the corresponding setting in /etc/my.cnf

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