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I am changing an old MySQL database table which is still in MyISAM. I'd like to change it to InnoDB, but I don't know whether it can cause problems and it's a pretty important table so I don't want to break anything.

So my question: can it cause problems when I convert a MyISAM table to InnoDB?

  • Maybe perform some testing on your test server? You do have one? MyISAM is being deprecated in any case. – Vérace Mar 22 '17 at 10:56
  • Hi joshua, the answer you looking for is here dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/… – Peter R Mar 22 '17 at 10:58
  • @Vérace where did you find hat MyISAM is being deprecated? I have never heard of this before. – ypercubeᵀᴹ Mar 22 '17 at 20:31
  • I got it from here. Bill Karwin was a Percona (?) consultant and is widely regarded as an SQL guru. – Vérace Mar 23 '17 at 1:10
  • Version 8.0 removes MyISAM; they announced it at the Oracle conference last fall. (I think I saw Bill there.) – Rick James Mar 23 '17 at 22:52
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Yes, it can cause a number of troubles. However, troubles are rare.

All the 'troubles' I know of are listed here.

(Do not change tables in the databases mysql or information_schema or performance_schema; that will cause serious trouble.)

  • Thanks, good answer. Don't think it'll give me much problems. And no, I wasn't planning on changing anything to mysql, information_schema or performance_schema. Cheers! – Joshua Bakker Mar 23 '17 at 8:32

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