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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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?