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MySQL Server Variable: innodb_file_per_table (Doc ID 1320634.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 09, 2021

Applies to:

MySQL Server - Version 5.1 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using innodb_file_per_table, why it was not the default but now is since 5.6 and some of the known limitations and problems.


Detailed general guidance for DBAs already familiar with the option seeking guidance on how to use it and what problems it can be involved with.


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In this Document
 Why use innodb_file_per_table?
 Why not use innodb_file_per_table?
 General tablespaces
 Checking to see if a table is using per-table tablespaces
 Why is the default not to use innodb_file_per_table?
 Related options
 Known problems with innodb_file_per_table in old versions

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