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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Do you still use MyISAM or prefer Aria storage engine?

If Aria storage engine (previously called Maria) is the "new" MyISAM, which supports transaction and automatic crash recovery: Why still use MyISAM ? Should changing storage engine from MyISAM to ...
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Why is MySQL is creating so many temporary tables on disk?

Can any configuration mistake lead to creating too many temp tables by mysql..mysql tuner shows Current max_heap_table_size = 200 M Current tmp_table_size = 200 M Of 17158 temp tables, 30% were ...
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Which is faster, InnoDB or MyISAM?

How can MyISAM be "faster" than InnoDB if MyISAM needs to do disk reads for the data? InnoDB uses the buffer pool for indexes and data, and MyISAM just for the index?
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FLUSH TABLES stays in the processlist even after execution

Here is my code from Stored Procedures in Mysql FLUSH TABLES; TRUNCATE TABLE tbl_cdrload; TRUNCATE TABLE tbl_cdrdetails_temp; Then i execute a query to load a file in to database as below LOAD ...
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Which mysql storage engine to choose?

I'm confused about which mysql engine should I choose (lets talk about the most used : MyISAM and InnoDB). The theories say: Both work with BTree indexes, but MyISAM can work with FULLTEXT index ...
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BigInt or Varchar for a large number I won't ever sort / calculate on

I need to store users' Facebook IDs in a column in my DB. The ID always consists of only digits, and can be as large as a number in excess of 500 million. Considering that I won't ever need to do ...
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How can I select using the same fields from an undetermined number of tables using MySQL?

I'm dealing with a MySQL database where I have an undetermined amount of identically structured tables that look like this: foo_reference1 foo_reference2 foo_referencea foo_referenceb .... ...
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Mysql: Insert performance INNODB vs MYISAM

I am inserting into a simple small table with 5 attributes and 1000 rows. I observed when the engine is INNODB, each insert is taking 0.03 - 0.05 seconds. I changed the engine to MYISAM, then the ...
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Very small MySQL table keeps crashing

I have a MyISAM MySQL table that keeps crashing. The table has only 16 rows and is very rarely written to (maybe once a month). I have a medium-sized site that typically has about 500 pageviews per ...
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Using multiple cores for single MySQL queries on Debian

I am running a MySQL server for tests on a VM (VMWare) with Debian as guest OS. The guest has four emulated CPU cores, so I set thread_concurrency to four. I am doing expensive joins on large tables, ...
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Why do MySQL tables crash? How do I prevent it?

I'm the Administrator of a Moodle site which had its Users table corrupted and it became unusable. Luckily, a simple REPAIR TABLE mdl_user made it work back again. The thing is that I don't know why ...
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How can I check if the keys are enabled on a MyISAM table?

I have a script, which populates 4 tables. It goes like this: Disable the keys on all the tables Populate the tables Enabled the keys back. The problem is that windows decided to reboot the ...
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MySQL ignoring index, index cardinality is the same as number of records in the table (?!)

Everyone, I could use an extra set of eyes on an issue we've come across. Here's what we're seeing: We're writing some code to migrate our messages to a new table called communications. We're ...
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Performance settings for MyISAM tables - keep everything in memory

I have a 8-core MySQL server with 32 GB of RAM, holding 40 MyISAM tables (total: ~4GB of data). Since the databases size is several times smaller than the available memory, how can I make full usage ...
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How to backup a MySQL database without slowing the application?

I'm an application developer and wondering about our database backup strategy. Right now our sysadmins backup our database every 8 hours. I don't really know how the do it, but while the backup is ...
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mysql, changing tables from myisam to ndb

Gents, Converting a table from myisam to ndb via: ALTER TABLE piwik_log_profiling ENGINE NDBCLUSTER; This will fail with: BLOB column 'query' can't be used in key specification with the used ...
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Can MySQL 5.1 read a MySQL 5.5 MyISAM file?

We're in the middle of an upgrade from mysql 5.1 to mysql 5.5. Our only remaining holdout is the master, at 5.1, while all the slaves are at 5.5. However, we have a stats process that runs on an ...
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Recommended structure? %70 write %30 read. 10M row. 200 query/sec. Select, update, insert, search

Followings are what I need to do on my project: 1- If a search term is new and unique, then add the search term 2- Show lastest searched 1000 search terms (I don't need to store dates of all search ...
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Need help in restore some rows into mySQL database frm myd myi

I am using one mySQL database for several sections of the website and one of the section is not working, when I go to the link of that section it gives the error "1146 Error @ Line 39: Table ...
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myisampack running really slow for large DBs

I was going through compressing a bunch of archival myisam tables using myisampack It was making decent progress until it got to the most recent tables. The overall database is a set of archives for ...
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Moving the binary location of MySQL for replication

Is it possible to move the contents of /var/lib/mysql when setting up replication instead of doing mysqldump > for export and mysql < for insert on the slave, because in our current setup it takes ...
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MySQL tables/databases into different disks

I am aware that there is a possibility to have a single database server with many tables/databases, and you can separate some of those tables/databases into separate disks. Lets say you have 5 ...
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MyISAM table keeps crashing. What are my options?

My MYSQL table is very large (250GB, around 200M rows). Recently I've been putting it through a lot -- parallel processes that do a large number of reads. It has started locking and crashing with ...
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mysql: find column data size on disk

I have fairly large MyISAM table with longtext field in it Table size is somewhat 16GB. I need to know if clearing this column in old records helps to keep table small I can retrieve table wise ...
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Quick MySQL Backup (1 file per table)

I asked a relevant question few months back and got answer with wide variety of options for backup. But this time I have different scenario and I have got a database with 7 tables and 1 of them has ...
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Not enough space for MySQL optimize; do new rows overwrite existing data?

My MyISAM table consumed most of my disk space. I deleted a significant portion of the table, but the optimize command (to clean out the deleted data) does not have sufficient space. Is there any ...
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importing myisam 5.0 database into a 5.5 innodb server

I have MySQL 5.0 and 5.5 servers (but not a 5.1 server). The 5.0 server is myisam only, the 5.5 default is innodb. I need to move a database from the 5.0 server to the 5.5 server. The database is ...
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Less RAM than Index_length MyISAM

I'm working on a database to store "time series" data (the value of X was Y at this time). The rows themselves are very small and static in size, with the primary key consisting of two smallint ...
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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 ...