We are running MySQL 5.0.77, and using INNODB in production for the first time. The
production database has a lot of inserts and deletes, and the shared "ibdata1" file is
continually growing. I understand that to return the unused space to the operating
system, we must delete and recreate "ibdata1" and its associated ".frm" files. I am
wondering if we could do the following instead:
1) Let "ibdata1" grow for a while.
2) Rebuild the tables periodically using this syntax: ALTER TABLE t1 ENGINE =
I realize that this would not return the unused space to the operating system. But would
it return it to MySQL so that it could be re-used for subsequent inserts, instead of
extending "ibdata1" further?
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