I have inherited the management of a MySQL DB whihc i don't have much experience in.
MySQL 4 is running on OpenSuSE 10.0 and is running out of space. I have a table in my DB which is 9GB. It has never been optimized. This table is constantly written to and deleted from. I think there is no way there can be 9 GB (proabably more like 1GB).
I was wondering if i can simply run an optimize on the table. I was going to do it through the MySQL Administrator GUI. I was wondering if how this will affect the server. Will it continue to run or should i stop the service whihc writes to the DB. If so how long does this take?