statement, including all specifications and table options are
stored by MySQL when the table is created. The information is
retained so that if you change storage engines, collations or
other settings using an
TABLE statement, the original table options specified
are retained. This enables you to change between
MyISAM table types even though the
row formats supported by the two engines are different.
Because the text of the original statement is retained, but due
to the way that certain values and options may be silently
reconfigured (such as the
active table definition (accessible through
DESCRIBE or with
SHOW TABLE STATUS) and the table
creation string (accessible through
CREATE TABLE) will report different values.