Brian Dunning <brian@stripped> wrote on 02/02/2006 11:21:25 AM:
> I'm logging IP addresses and also searching for existing ones. Does
> anyone happen to know which is more resource intensive: storing the
> IP's as integers using INET_NTOA() and INET_ATON() to convert them at
> each query; or simply storing the IP as a varchar? In each case the
> IP field would be the primary key.
You will get much faster searches if you convert to integers first. Your
indexes will be smaller (more likely to sit and stay in memory), each term
will be numerically compared( 5-50 times faster than string comparisons on
average), and your data footprint will be smaller (more likely to stay in
the file cache of the OS or the query cache of the server). The conversion
routines INET_NTOA() and INET_ATON() are small and tight so you should not
hit too much overhead by calling them whenever you need them.
My advice? Stick with the numeric form of the address.
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