That was my old ServerFault post from two years ago. Forgive me, it is slightly misworded. It should read:
As for MyISAM, you need to periodically run one of the following:
- OPTIMIZE TABLE
- ALTER TABLE
myisam-tablename ENGINE=MyISAM; ANALYZE TABLE
OK, I just fixed it in ServerFault.
OPTIMIZE TABLE tblname; performs the following:
ALTER TABLE ENGINE=MyISAM tblname;
ANALYZE TABLE tblname;
According to the MySQL Documentation on
For MyISAM tables,
OPTIMIZE TABLE works as follows:
If the table has deleted or split rows, repair the table.
If the index pages are not sorted, sort them.
If the table's statistics are not up to date
(and the repair could not be accomplished by sorting the index), update them.
The last part on the table's statistics is what
ANALYZE TABLE does.
If you do not want
OPTIMIZE TABLE tblname; to perform
ANALYZE TABLE tblname;, then you must execute
ALTER TABLE tblname ENGINE=MyISAM; instead.
WARNING : This may not be a good idea for a MyISAM that has heavy INSERTs, UPDATEs, and DELETEs because
- This will make table and index statistics stale very quickly
- Stale statistics will cause the Query Optimizer to make bad choices for query EXPLAIN plans
Please just stick with