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InnoDB in self-compiled MySQL 5.1

 | September 13, 2007 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs


If you like to compile MySQL from sources by yourself, for different needs, like debugging, testing etc, you probably can face this issue.

What I usually do to fast compile and test is

and then, for example, load the dump of InnoDB from previous version:

I bet you will not notice all your tables now is MyISAM. Why?

By default InnoDB is not compiled as storage engines.

Perhaps it is related to new pluginable architecture and all engines are equal to be not included by default.

It is not too hard to fix, you just need to use –with-plugins=innodb (or max, or max-no-ndb, which includes set of more engines)

But what I would want to see is BIG Warning or even Error that InnoDB table can’t be created instead of calm converting to MyISAM

Vadim Tkachenko

Vadim Tkachenko co-founded Percona in 2006 and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Vadim leads Percona Labs, which focuses on technology research and performance evaluations of Percona’s and third-party products. Percona Labs designs no-gimmick tests of hardware, filesystems, storage engines, and databases that surpass the standard performance and functionality scenario benchmarks. Vadim’s expertise in LAMP performance and multi-threaded programming help optimize MySQL and InnoDB internals to take full advantage of modern hardware. Oracle Corporation and its predecessors have incorporated Vadim’s source code patches into the mainstream MySQL and InnoDB products. He also co-authored the book High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication 3rd Edition.


  • You can with sql_mode = NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION. It’s just that it’s not the default.

    create table test (id int) engine=blackhole;
    ERROR 1289 (HY000): The ‘BLACKHOLE’ feature is disabled; you need MySQL built with ‘BLACKHOLE’ to have it working

  • I messed with this forever, then finally looked at the config options, and sure enough, the ./configure expects innobase:

    from: http://www.innodb.com/support/tips

    On MySQL 5.1, ./configure expects a different parameter:

    $ ./configure –with-plugins=innobase

  • I have a very big innodb database on linux. I am now, doubtful, if its log/archives are causing some slow-ness in the database’s performances. Since a cron script takes the full-database backup everyday, I now want to remove these archivals. How can I do this?

  • Normally, I backup the database, and restore it again, to flush off the old innodb logs – by this way, all my indices are recreated, and the overall system increases.

    I do this once a month – talking around an hour of database performance management job.

  • After reading the out of date documentation and trying –with-innodb, –with-plugin-innodb, etc. I trawled the configure script and found –with-plugins= and innobase / innodb_plugin. I assumed innodb_plugin, but I have no idea whether innobase is required, so I included that for good measure.

    I agree it needs to be a big warning, especially since I’ve spent 2 days on this so far and gone through several compilations.

    Hopefully this is the last.

  • Phil, I love you!! Why couldn’t I have found this site 5 hours ago. ./configure –with-plugins=innobase works with 5.1.51

  • I tried this:

    ./configure \
    –with-plugins=innobase \
    –prefix=/home/stephane/programs/install \

    on MySql 5.1.61

    But I still get

    stephane@stephane-ThinkPad-X60:install> mysqladmin variables | grep have_innodb
    | have_innodb | NO

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