In the last episode (May 15), Andy Smith said:
> One of our tables has grown to 4GB. We are using Linux 2.4.20 on x86
> with ext3 fs. I have read the MySQL manual which seesm to suggest
> that the RAID option is the only way forward.
> Has anyone else had any luck getting 4GB+ tables on this platform
> with e.g. reiserfs? Or maybe there is some kernel option I am
By default, MyISAM datafiles have a 4gb limit so they can use 4-byte
record pointers. To tell mysqld that a particular table will be larger
than 4gb, you need to give it estimated rowlength and record volumes
with ALTER TABLE. This is explained in the manual; see
The RAID option is really only useful on Linux 2.2 kernels or other
systems that simply cannot create files over 2/4gb.