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14.1.6 Turning Off InnoDB

Oracle recommends InnoDB as the preferred storage engine for typical database applications, from single-user wikis and blogs running on a local system, to high-end applications pushing the limits of performance. As of MySQL 5.5, InnoDB is the default storage engine for new tables.

If you do not want to use InnoDB tables:

  • Start the server with the --innodb=OFF or --skip-innodb option to disable the InnoDB storage engine.

  • Because the default storage engine is InnoDB, the server will not start unless you also use --default-storage-engine to set the default to some other engine.

  • To prevent the server from crashing when the InnoDB-related information_schema tables are queried, also disable the plugins associated with those tables. Specify in the [mysqld] section of the MySQL configuration file:

    loose-innodb-trx=0
    loose-innodb-locks=0
    loose-innodb-lock-waits=0
    loose-innodb-cmp=0
    loose-innodb-cmp-per-index=0
    loose-innodb-cmp-per-index-reset=0
    loose-innodb-cmp-reset=0
    loose-innodb-cmpmem=0
    loose-innodb-cmpmem-reset=0
    loose-innodb-buffer-page=0
    loose-innodb-buffer-page-lru=0
    loose-innodb-buffer-pool-stats=0

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