At 08:29 29/04/02 -0700, Jeremy Zawodny wrote:
>On Mon, Apr 29, 2002 at 01:06:02PM +0100, David Hanney wrote:
> > I've got a nice fat varchar(255) primary key who's content is
> > duplicated (as a foreign key) in many other tables. I hope MySQL
> > optimizes away that duplication internally.
>Not as much as you're probably hoping for. Consider making an MX5()
>hash of the string and using that instead. It'll buy you a lot of
I could take some kind of hash.
Better yet I could add an
"id BIGINT NOT NULL auto_increment"
column and use that for forming relationships
(instead of using the "varchar(255)").
But there'd be a one-to-one mapping between the
auto_increment and the varchar ... in information-terms it adds nothing.
The auto_increment would only be there for implementation efficiency.
This seems like a database task, not an application task.
I don't want to do it in both places so that's why I'm curious
as to what the database actually does.
Any info appreciated!