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Converting tables from MyISAM to InnoDB

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Hi,
  I've got a table with 110k records. Reads/Writes are a little slow. I'm using MyISAM for the table. Considering the size and speed problems, will making the table InnoDB improve things?
  I'm using MySQL 5.0.22.  I also read that MySQL cautions this conversion as being unsupported.

(1) Anyone with any thoughts/experience on doing this?
(2) Anyone with any thoughts on my specific situation?

Thanks.
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I didn't know that was not supported. I did try changing the storage engine using alter table & once by importing the mysqldump after the editing the storage engine type in the dump file.

Alter table statement was slower. For almost double the size of your table.
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http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/innodb-restrictions.html says it is an unsupported operation.

So you've (db2inst1) have done this twice before or you were just testing it?
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That is just talking about the mysql.* database, which is the confusingly named database schema that holds all the user permission, table permission passwords, etc.  It is perfectly fine to change the engine on your own database tables.

In other words,
ALTER TABLE mysql.user ENGINE=InnoDB;   <---- DANGER DANGER!  unsupported!

ALTER TABLE XYZ_db.xyztable ENGINE=InnoDB;  <---- perfectly fine.
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This is completely separate from the question of whether or not changing the engine will actually speed things up for you.  It depends on how well indexed your queries are, what kind of data you have, and what kind of updates are going on.  If it slows things down, you could always alter it back to MyISAM.

Also, you should keep in mind that your ibdata file will get really big when you change your table to innodb, since all the data will go into the ibdata file.  If you change it back to MyISAM, the innodb file will still stay at the 'high-water mark' for that amount of data.
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