MyISAM index file
.MYI file) has a counter in the header
that can be used to check whether a table has been closed
properly. If you get the following warning from
CHECK TABLE or
myisamchk, it means that this counter has
gone out of sync:
clients are using or haven't closed the table properly
This warning doesn't necessarily mean that the table is corrupted, but you should at least check the table.
The counter works as follows:
The first time a table is updated in MySQL, a counter in the header of the index files is incremented.
The counter is not changed during further updates.
When the last instance of a table is closed (because a
TABLES operation was performed or because there
is no room in the table cache), the counter is decremented
if the table has been updated at any point.
When you repair the table or check the table and it is found to be okay, the counter is reset to zero.
To avoid problems with interaction with other processes that might check the table, the counter is not decremented on close if it was zero.
In other words, the counter can become incorrect only under these conditions:
MySQL has crashed between an update and the final close. (Note that the table may still be okay, because MySQL always issues writes for everything between each statement.)
Multiple mysqld servers are using the
table and one server performed a
REPAIR TABLE or
CHECK TABLE on the table
while it was in use by another server. In this setup, it
is safe to use
although you might get the warning from other servers.
should be avoided because when one server replaces the
data file with a new one, this is not known to the other
In general, it is a bad idea to share a data directory among multiple servers. See Section 5.7, “Running Multiple MySQL Servers on the Same Machine”, for additional discussion.