Before downgrading from MySQL 5.5, review the changes described in this section. Some changes may require action before or after downgrading.
System Tables. The
mysql.proc.commentcolumn definition changed between MySQL 5.1 and 5.5. After downgrading from 5.5 to 5.1, this table is seen as corrupt and in need of repair. Running mysql_upgrade from the version of MySQL to which you downgraded (as documented in the downgrade procedures) reverts the
InnoDB. MySQL 5.5 uses
InnoDB Pluginas the built-in version of
InnoDB. MySQL 5.1 includes
InnoDB Pluginas of 5.1.38, but as an option that must be enabled explicitly. See the Release Notes for MySQL 5.1.38.
InnoDB. In MySQL 5.5.14, the length limit for index prefix keys is increased from 767 bytes to 3072 bytes, for
ROW_FORMAT=COMPRESSED. See Section 14.11.8, “Limits on InnoDB Tables” for details. If you downgrade from one of these releases or higher, to an earlier release with a lower length limit, the index prefix keys could be truncated at 767 bytes or the downgrade could fail. This issue could only occur if the configuration option
innodb_large_prefixwas enabled on the server being downgraded.
Tables partitioned by [LINEAR] KEY. MySQL 5.5 implements new functions used to calculate row placement for tables partitioned by
LINEAR KEY. Tables that were created using
LINEAR KEYpartitioning in MySQL 5.5 cannot be used by a MySQL 5.1 server. In MySQL 5.5.31 and later, you can downgrade such tables with
ALTER TABLE ... PARTITION BY ALGORITHM=1 [LINEAR] KEY (...)to make them compatible with MySQL 5.1.