> On Wed, 2007-09-26 at 10:55 -0400, Jerry Schwartz wrote:
> > I don't know Linux that well, but I know that HP-UX lets you do most
> > anything to an open file, including deleting it. The file will continue
> > exist as long as it is open by at least one process. If I remember
> > correctly, this is all about the inode use count vs. the directory
> > something like that. The file will actually be safe so long as it is not
> > closed by the last user.
> It sounds like Linux is the same.
> > Those files will go away as soon as they are closed, so the database
> > be dumped before shutting down mysqld.
> Done :)
> Thanks to all those who responded.
> I did a full backup last night and shut down mysql. At this point the
> innodb files were then completely deleted ( disappeared from the output
> of 'lsof' ) and the filesystem saw the extra space.
> I removed my /var/lib/mysql, reconfigured things, and imported, and
> everything went fine.
That's good to hear :-)
I am, btw, surprised that MySQL doesn't place a lock on the files.
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