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Is there a way to select the partition name where a specified record actually lives in? The idea is something like:

SELECT <PARTITION_NAME> FROM mytable WHERE <where_condition>

I found a similar question for SQL Server: Get a record's current partition, but not for MySQL.

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Hi, you can't select the partition name in one SELECT statement. Ue the system table "information_schema.partitions", filter on TABLE_SCHEMA and TABLE_NAME. Then play with PARTITION_DESCRIPTION to find your data. Give us your table structure and your partition method if you need some help. – Maxime FOUILLEUL May 27 '13 at 15:23
Thank you for your answer, the way you propose works well but is quite slow in my case, especially considering dynamically created queries. I would need to select the partition attribute for each query, then find the corresponding partition in INFORMATION_SCHEMA.partitions. I need the partition information to speed up a SELECT * FROM <table> PARTITION <partition>, so quickly (sub)selecting the partition would be really helpful. – MaoPU May 27 '13 at 18:56

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