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From:Shawn Green Date:August 28 2009 1:18pm
Subject:Re: upgrading from 4.1 to 5.0 "trick"
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Hank wrote:
> Hello All,
>   I'm in the process of upgrading my database from 4.1 to 5.0 on CentOS.
>  I've been testing the "mysqlcheck --check-upgrade   --auto-repair" command,
> and on one of my MYISAM tables, it's taking forever to upgrade the table.
>  It has about 114 million rows, and I'm guessing it needs to be upgraded due
> to the VARCHAR columns. Anyway, it's been running for a day and a half, and
> I finally had to kill it.
> So will this old "trick" still work?  I've done this many times on 4.1 with
> great success:
> In mysql 5.0 - I create two new empty tables, one identical to the original
> and one identical but with no indexes.  I name these tables with "_ion" and
> "_ioff" suffixes.
> I then do a "insert into table_ioff select * from source" which inserts just
> the original data into the new table, but doesn't have to rebuild any
> indexes.  I then flush the tables.
> Then in the file system, I swap the "table_ion.frm" and "table_ion.MYI"
> files with the table_ioff ones.  Flush tables again.
>  I then just use myisamchk -r to repair the index file.  It runs in about an
> hour.
> Can I do this same thing to "upgrade" the tables, instead of using
> mysqlcheck, which seems to be rebuilding the table row-by-row, instead of
> sorting (which myisamchk does).
> thanks.
> -Hank

Hello Hank,

Your technique will work within the following narrow limits of operation:

* This will only work for MyISAM tables.

* myisamchk is dangerous to run against any table that is in active use 
as it operates at the file level and has caused corruptions with live 
tables.  Whenever possible either stop the server or prevent access from 
MySQL to that table with a FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK before using 

Alternatively, you should be able to match or improve this "import then 
index" process if you use an "ALTER TABLE ... DISABLE KEYS" command 
before the import followed by an "ALTER TABLE ... ENABLE KEYS" command 
after the import or if you use LOAD DATA INFILE ... . Also if you can 
import all of the data to an empty table in a single batch (statement), 
the indexes will be computed only once using the batch-index algorithm 
(it's a sort, not a merge) and that will also save processing time.

The overall problem is still that the on-disk structure of the 5.0 
tables has changed and that you still need to perform some kind of 
dump-restore or rebuild of the data as part of the conversion.

Warmest regards,
Shawn Green, MySQL Senior Support Engineer
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Office: Blountville, TN

upgrading from 4.1 to 5.0 "trick"Hank26 Aug
  • Re: upgrading from 4.1 to 5.0 "trick"Shawn Green28 Aug
    • Re: upgrading from 4.1 to 5.0 "trick"Hank3 Sep