MyISAM is the non-transactional storage engine for MySQL. It provides high-speed storage and retrieval, as well as fulltext searching capabilities. In addition, it is the default storage engine type for versions of MySQL prior to 5.5.

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Repairing Myisam Table when there was no additional Disk space & Table corrupted

I had a table which MyIsam as storage Engine contains million rows. There is a purging task and need to remove 35 days old data. i measured up the rows in following manner : mysql> select ...
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All columns of table should be indexed or not mysql database?

I am having one table with 4 columns. I that one is primary key and other three columns are references to columns of other tables. I am using join of these four tables for search filter. These joins ...
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How to optimize the my.cnf of a MySQL server that mixes InnoDB and MyISAM tablespaces?

I have a database that, because of some issues, I needed to convert some tables from MyISAM to InnoDB. I basically did this: set sql_log_bin = 0; set sql_mode = 'STRICT_ALL_TABLES'; ALTER TABLE ...
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Any gotchas at all with converting from MyISAM to InnoDB?

I'm ready to move from MyISAM to InnoDB but wanted to know if there was a full list of things to look for? For example, I haven't seen any list mention that running DISABLE KEYS on an InnoDB table ...
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Write lock during mysqldump even using --lock-tables=false

When I try to dump an online database using --lock-tables=false, others cannot update the table. Are there any methods to solve this? As I am using MyISAM, does --single-transaction for InnoDB help? ...
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mysql table very large size although it doesn't have a lot of records

I have drupal website, one of the tables is cache_form. I have a cron to DELETE FROM cache_form where expire < UNIX_TIMESTAMP(NOW()); which works fine. The size of cache_form.myd is 4.9G ...
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MySQL Config for Large MyISAM tables

I have to do some updates on myisam tables which have around 20 M records. Our server has 24GB of ram and 2 quad core xeon with 24 MB of cache. I want to know how I can change the my.ini file so I get ...
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Table compression in InnoDB?

I have read that table index compression happens just in MyISAM, but I came across an article in dev.mysql that said: InnoDB supports table and index compression! So now what is the pros of MyISAM? ...
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Which first: upgrade mysql version or convert storage engine?

I inherited a production mysql server at 5.0. It uses MyISAM exclusively. It is not a high volume database but it does have some large datasets. I am planning on: upgrading to 5.5 converting ...
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Any problem will all InnoDB and one MyISAM table?

I have a MySQL 5.5 DB with all InnoDB tables. For some reason, one of the developers decided to create a MyISAM table. It is a log table for user sessions. I don't see why we should mix in a MyISAM ...
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Set up a MySQL slave using mysqldump to get the initial data

I have a master database which already has some data in it. The tables in the master database include both MyISAM and InnoDB engines. Now I want use mysqldump to dump the initial data of my slave ...
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Why does MyISAM support FULLTEXT Searching and InnoDB does not?

I know the basic differences between the MyISAM and InnoDB engines. In MySQL 5.6 beta, InnoDB will support fulltext search. But, I wonder why previous versions of InnobDB didn't support FTS? My guess ...
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MySQL MyISAM Locking question

It was my understanding that MyISAM uses table locking during inserts and updates. To me that meant that read and write by other queries on that table is disallowed until the first insertion or update ...
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MySQL Bug required remedy : [Warning] Invalid (old?) table or database name '#sql-'

We have a master & multiple slave replication in our production environment. At first, I found this error in the mysql error log on the master and later on the slave. As for all the replication, ...
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What is the optimal solution for converting a database schema?

I actually want to get rid of the existing constraints in the database which I know sounds crazy but we are upgrading our application to a new framework which relies on the foreign key constraint ...
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How to Prevent an Ever-Growing index file (MyISAM engine) From Causing Disk Fragmentation in Windows (NTFS partition)?

We have a keep-growing table which using MYISAM storage engine. Almost every half year, this table will crash, and need to be repaired. I checked the defragment result reported by windows ...
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Should I use a storage engine other than MyISAM to optimise these tables or should I get better disks?

There's a production database I'm working on, whose 4 largest tables contain between 4 million and 10 million rows each and about 15 fields each, with indexes on different field types (numbers, ...
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Quick MySQL Backup

I have a database which is grown to 3GB and it has 3 MyISAM tables. And I have 4GB RAM. What will be the best (quick) way to backup this database without any performance lack. Or mysqldump will work ...
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Consistent logical backup of databases that use MyISAM and InnoDB engines

I have a question regarding the logical backup of MySQL databases that use both MyISAM and InnoDB. The mysqldump utility supports these two options: --single-transaction - Creates a consistent ...
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Best of MyISAM and InnoDB

Is it possible to make InnoDB to use indexes same as MyISAM instead of clustered index due to limitation of RAM while getting benefit of its concurrency performance?
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Dynamically changeable database

We have a database and some data is stored in a Trucrypt folder, my question is how can I include this trucrypt folder. The data type is MyISAM. I saw there is a symbolic link, but not really clear ...
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Benefits of table level locking

What are the benefits of table level locking which is used by the MyISAM storage engine? Row level locking has lots of benefits like concurrent updates and reads that do not lock the table. Edit Its ...
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Preordering the table by a specified column

I have a table and I am always getting the data by ordering a column. In my case, I order by datenum. However, the selection is so slow because of the ordering. Is it possible to order the table ...
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Rows missing after online conversion from MyISAM to InnoDB

We have a reasonably small database that we wanted to convert from MyISAM to InnoDB. Being database noobs, we just converted (using alter table) without even taking the site down. Now that the ...
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Why did the MySQL Storage Engine Change on Restore in one scenario?

In my production database life, there was one tragic incident when the MySQL engine type was accidentally changed from InnoDB to MyISAM on restoring a recent backup. The result was that all ...
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Should I move to InnoDB during a planned migration?

I'm shortly migrating a Debian Lenny webserver to another host and Debian Squeeze. The standard MySQL installation even on Squeeze is 5.1 and therefore would default to MyISAM - I'm inclined to stick ...
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MyISAM table row size is bigger than the sum of all the columns size?

I have a table: CREATE TABLE `playlist` ( `pid` int(11) unsigned NOT NULL, `mid` bigint(21) unsigned NOT NULL, `status` tinyint(1) NOT NULL, `add_time` int(11) unsigned NOT NULL, ...
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MyISAM Performance: Join Decomposition

in High Performance MySQL on page 159 they talk about breaking up complex queries into simple ones: Converting SELECT * FROM tag JOIN tag_post ON tag_post.tag_id=tag.id JOIN post ON ...
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MySQL MyISAM Table Locking and Delayed Inserts for Webserver Access Logs

We will install a webserver that writes access logs to a MySQL table. Access logs of course will get really really big, so this will be a separate MySQL instance from the regular data and we will more ...
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Is it common practice to mix InnoDB and MyISAM tables on same server?

I've got a single database of about 4.5GB running on a server with 8GB RAM. The vast majority of the tables are MyIsam (about 4.3GB), but I'm soon going to be converting some of them to InnoDB. (It's ...
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How can I change the default storage engine in phpmyadmin?

I use InnoDB almost exclusively in my applications. However, if I'm not careful when setting up the table, I forget to change it and phpmyadmin sticks me with MyISAM. Is there a way to change the ...
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What are the main differences between InnoDB and MyISAM?

What are the main differences between InnoDB and MyISAM?