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- improve docs for MySQL/SQLite foreign key/ON UPDATE|DELETE instructions,

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File doc/build/orm/collections.rst

 Use ``passive_deletes=True`` to disable child object loading on a DELETE
 operation, in conjunction with "ON DELETE (CASCADE|SET NULL)" on your database
-to automatically cascade deletes to child objects. Note that "ON DELETE" is
-not supported on SQLite, and requires ``InnoDB`` tables when using MySQL::
+to automatically cascade deletes to child objects::
     class MyClass(Base):
         __tablename__ = 'mytable'
                     ForeignKey('', ondelete='CASCADE')
+.. note::
+    To use "ON DELETE CASCADE", the underlying database engine must
+    support foreign keys.
+    * When using MySQL, an appropriate storage engine must be
+      selected.  See :ref:`mysql_storage_engines` for details.
+    * When using SQLite, foreign key support must be enabled explicitly.
+      See :ref:`sqlite_foreign_keys` for details.
 When ``passive_deletes`` is applied, the ``children`` relationship will not be
 loaded into memory when an instance of ``MyClass`` is marked for deletion. The
 ``cascade="all, delete-orphan"`` *will* take effect for instances of

File lib/sqlalchemy/dialects/mysql/

     engine = create_engine('mysql+mysqldb://...', pool_recycle=3600)
+.. _mysql_storage_engines:
 Storage Engines
 Most MySQL server installations have a default table type of ``MyISAM``, a
 non-transactional table type.  During a transaction, non-transactional storage
 engines do not participate and continue to store table changes in autocommit
-mode.  For fully atomic transactions, all participating tables must use a
+mode.  For fully atomic transactions as well as support for foreign key
+constraints, all participating tables must use a
 transactional engine such as ``InnoDB``, ``Falcon``, ``SolidDB``, `PBXT`, etc.
 Storage engines can be elected when creating tables in SQLAlchemy by supplying
+.. seealso::
+    `The InnoDB Storage Engine <>`_ - on the MySQL website.
 Case Sensitivity and Table Reflection

File lib/sqlalchemy/dialects/sqlite/

 see `Situations Where Another RDBMS May Work Better - High Concurrency <>`_
 near the bottom of the page.
+.. _sqlite_foreign_keys:
+Foreign Key Support
+SQLite supports FOREIGN KEY syntax when emitting CREATE statements for tables,
+however by default these constraints have no effect on the operation
+of the table.
+Constraint checking on SQLite has three prerequisites:
+* At least version 3.6.19 of SQLite must be in use
+* The SQLite libary must be compiled *without* the SQLITE_OMIT_FOREIGN_KEY
+  or SQLITE_OMIT_TRIGGER symbols enabled.
+* The ``PRAGMA foreign_keys = ON`` statement must be emitted on all connections
+  before use.
+SQLAlchemy allows for the ``PRAGMA`` statement to be emitted automatically
+for new connections through the usage of events::
+    from sqlalchemy.engine import Engine
+    from sqlalchemy import event
+    @event.listens_for(Engine, "connect")
+    def set_sqlite_pragma(dbapi_connection, connection_record):
+        cursor = dbapi_connection.cursor()
+        cursor.execute("PRAGMA foreign_keys=ON")
+        cursor.close()
+.. seealso::
+    `SQLite Foreign Key Support <>`_ -
+    on the SQLite web site.
+    :ref:`event_toplevel` - SQLAlchemy event API.
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