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Posted by Wagner Bianchi on November 11 2009 11:20am[Delete] [Edit]

I did some tests using a table with 1000000 rows and this function PROCEDURE ANALYSE() returned all values in ENUM data type.

mysql> SELECT id, ativada, cumprida FROM t1 PROCEDURE ANALYSE(1000000,256)\G

Posted by Gary Smith on November 13 2009 11:35am[Delete] [Edit]

I think you may be misunderstanding the syntax here. Let's say we've got a table called charac which has five characters in it:

mysql> select * from charac;

+--------+
| charac |
+--------+
| A |
| B |
| C |
| D |
| E |
+--------+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

If we select * from charac show procedure(), we're passing the default values, so we'll get everything back as enum:

mysql> select * from charac procedure analyse()\G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
Field_name: world.charac.charac
Min_value: A
Max_value: E
Min_length: 1
Max_length: 1
Empties_or_zeros: 0
Nulls: 0
Avg_value_or_avg_length: 1.0000
Std: NULL
Optimal_fieldtype: ENUM('A','B','C','D','E') NOT NULL
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

The first argument refers to the number of elements, and the next argument refers to the total memory assigned. So, if we do this:

mysql> select * from charac procedure analyse(5,24)\G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
Field_name: world.charac.charac
Min_value: A
Max_value: E
Min_length: 1
Max_length: 1
Empties_or_zeros: 0
Nulls: 0
Avg_value_or_avg_length: 1.0000
Std: NULL
Optimal_fieldtype: CHAR(1) NOT NULL

Then it's suggested CHAR(1) for the field which is perhaps more applicable. Hope this helps.

Posted by Dimitriy A on March 24 2010 11:37pm[Delete] [Edit]

Bug #44060: First option of PROCEDURE ANALYSE() does not work, second needs some work

[15 Apr 2009 5:13] Roel Van de Paar

< PARTIAL WORKAROUND >

In regards the issue with 'ENUM column recommendation output' for PROCEDURE ANALYSE, you
can still 'parly' use this function based on the second argument only.

For instance, if you would like to have a maximum of 50 characters (excluding 'NOT NULL')
for any ENUM column declaration, use the function as follows:

PROCEDURE ANALYSE(1,50);

The '1' will not do anything (as per the bug), and the '50' will define the maximum
numbers of characters for any ENUM (excluding the text 'NOT NULL', as per the bug).

If you do not want to use any ENUM columns at all (and for instance use a linked lookup
table with IDs instead), you can use:

PROCEDURE ANALYSE(1,1);

Having a linked lookup table, allows you the advantage of being able to add new values to
the lookup table later on, and then start inserting the new IDs into the main table
immediately (i.e. no ALTER of the ENUM column is required).