>>>>> "Martin" == Martin B Jespersen <Martin@stripped>
Martin> Christian Mack wrote:
>> You can only work on byte basis.
Martin> Hmm this one might be for monty, not sure:
Martin> Is there any chance that a bittype could be implemented in MySQL e.g. called
Martin> FLAG where length was bit-length?
Martin> It is an awfull waste of space to use a byte where you only need a bit...
To do this, we need get rid of the .frm files (this is where 4.0 will
come in :)
In new ISAM I am working on, the interface already has support for
keys on bit boundaries. This will make it possible to define a
indexed column that takes 3 bits !
Martin> Here i am not only thinking about diskspace but also bandwidth since mysql
Martin> bitwise operators are limited i will have to retrieve the byte and do bit-math
Martin> on it in a serverside scripting language like php and then update the database
Martin> again with the byte. Now if this has to be done all the time it is a
Martin> considerable waste of bandwith i would think, please corect me if i am way off
What kind of bit operators do you need? It 'may' be a good idea to
instead create bit functions that work on BLOB:s in MySQL and use
these instead! It's quite easy to add new functions to MySQL!
A last note about creating ints:
INT(1) is a 32 bit integer with a display length of 1.
(This is according to the ANSI SQL standard)