InnoDB Plugin 1.0 for MySQL 5.1 User's Guide  /  Using the InnoDB Plugin with MySQL 5.1.30 or Earlier

Appendix B. Using the InnoDB Plugin with MySQL 5.1.30 or Earlier

Up to MySQL 5.1.30, the InnoDB Plugin replaced the built-in InnoDB in MySQL when the server was started with the option skip_innodb. Due to MySQL Bug #42610, it was impossible to replace the built-in InnoDB in MySQL with a plugin in MySQL 5.1.31 and 5.1.32. MySQL 5.1.33 introduced the option ignore_builtin_innodb to allow InnoDB Plugin installation in the binary release.

Up to MySQL 5.1.30, installing the binary InnoDB Plugin requires that MySQL be shut down and restarted after issuing the INSTALL PLUGIN statements. This is because the INSTALL PLUGIN statement started the plugin with default options. The options would only be read from the option file (my.cnf or my.ini) after restarting the server. The InnoDB Plugin worked around this limitation by copying parameters from the internal data structures of the built-in InnoDB in MySQL. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.33, the INSTALL PLUGIN statement re-reads the option file and passes all options to the plugin, even those that are not recognized by the built-in InnoDB in MySQL.

To use the binary InnoDB Plugin with MySQL 5.1.30 or earlier, you may follow the instructions given in Section 9.3, “Installing the Precompiled InnoDB Plugin as a Shared Library”, with one change: Replace the option ignore_builtin_innodb with skip_innodb. The general steps for dynamically installing the binary InnoDB Plugin are thus as follows:

  • Make sure the MySQL server is not running, using a slow shutdown.

  • Prepend each InnoDB option with loose_, e.g., loose_innodb_file_per_table instead of innodb_file_per_table, so that MySQL starts even when InnoDB is unavailable.

  • Add skip_innodb and default_storage_engine=MyISAM to the options, to prevent the built-in InnoDB from starting.

  • Start the MySQL server.

  • INSTALL the InnoDB Plugin and the Information Schema tables, using the supplied script or equivalent commands.

  • Verify the installation of the plugins.

  • Shut down and reconfigure the MySQL server by editing the appropriate configuration file to use InnoDB as the default engine (if desired), and set appropriate configuration parameters to enable use of new InnoDB Plugin features.

This change only affects the binary distributions of MySQL and InnoDB Plugin. The procedure for building from source code is unchanged.

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