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MySQL 5.5 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  Identifying the File Format in Use

14.13.3 Identifying the File Format in Use

If you enable a different file format using the innodb_file_format configuration option, the change only applies to newly created tables. Also, when you create a new table, the tablespace containing the table is tagged with the earliest or simplest file format that is required to support the table's features. For example, if you enable the Barracuda file format, and create a new table that does not use the Dynamic or Compressed row format, the new tablespace that contains the table is tagged as using the Antelope file format .

It is easy to identify the file format used by a given table. The table uses the Antelope file format if the row format reported by SHOW TABLE STATUS is either Compact or Redundant. The table uses the Barracuda file format if the row format reported by SHOW TABLE STATUS is either Compressed or Dynamic.

*************************** 1. row ***************************
           Name: t1
         Engine: InnoDB
        Version: 10
     Row_format: Compact
           Rows: 0
 Avg_row_length: 0
    Data_length: 16384
Max_data_length: 0
   Index_length: 16384
      Data_free: 0
 Auto_increment: 1
    Create_time: 2014-11-03 13:32:10
    Update_time: NULL
     Check_time: NULL
      Collation: latin1_swedish_ci
       Checksum: NULL