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InnoDB in self-compiled MySQL 5.1

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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

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Vadim Tkachenko

Vadim leads Percona's development group, which produces the Percona Server, Percona Server for MongoDB, Percona XtraDB Cluster and Percona XtraBackup. He is an expert in solid-state storage, and has helped many hardware and software providers succeed in the MySQL market.


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  • Thanks Phil! You saved my bacon with the innobase tip.


  • 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


  • Phil Hildebrand

    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.


  • David McMurray

    After reading the out of date documentation and trying –with-innodb, –with-plugin-innodb, etc.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


  • Shailendra Singh

    ./configure –with-plugins=innobase it also works on mysql 5.1.40 as well
    Thanks ….


  • 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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