This section discusses current restrictions and limitations on MySQL partitioning support.
Prohibited constructs. The following constructs are not permitted in partitioning expressions:
Stored procedures, stored functions, UDFs, or plugins.
Declared variables or user variables.
For a list of SQL functions which are permitted in partitioning expressions, see Section 19.6.3, “Partitioning Limitations Relating to Functions”.
Arithmetic and logical operators.
Use of the arithmetic operators
* is permitted in
partitioning expressions. However, the result must be an integer
NULL (except in the case of
[LINEAR] KEY partitioning, as discussed
elsewhere in this chapter; see
Section 19.2, “Partitioning Types”, for more information).
In MySQL 5.6, the
HANDLER statement is not
supported with partitioned tables.
Server SQL mode. Tables employing user-defined partitioning do not preserve the SQL mode in effect at the time that they were created. As discussed in Section 5.1.10, “Server SQL Modes”, the results of many MySQL functions and operators may change according to the server SQL mode. Therefore, a change in the SQL mode at any time after the creation of partitioned tables may lead to major changes in the behavior of such tables, and could easily lead to corruption or loss of data. For these reasons, it is strongly recommended that you never change the server SQL mode after creating partitioned tables.
Examples. The following examples illustrate some changes in behavior of partitioned tables due to a change in the server SQL mode:
Error handling. Suppose that you create a partitioned table whose partitioning expression is one such as
, as shown here:
mysql> CREATE TABLE tn (c1 INT) -> PARTITION BY LIST(1 DIV c1) ( -> PARTITION p0 VALUES IN (NULL), -> PARTITION p1 VALUES IN (1) -> ); Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.05 sec)
The default behavior for MySQL is to return
NULLfor the result of a division by zero, without producing any errors:
mysql> SELECT @@sql_mode; +------------+ | @@sql_mode | +------------+ | | +------------+ 1 row in set (0.00 sec) mysql> INSERT INTO tn VALUES (NULL), (0), (1); Query OK, 3 rows affected (0.00 sec) Records: 3 Duplicates: 0 Warnings: 0
However, changing the server SQL mode to treat division by zero as an error and to enforce strict error handling causes the same
INSERTstatement to fail, as shown here:
mysql> SET sql_mode='STRICT_ALL_TABLES,ERROR_FOR_DIVISION_BY_ZERO'; Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec) mysql> INSERT INTO tn VALUES (NULL), (0), (1); ERROR 1365 (22012): Division by 0
Table accessibility. Sometimes a change in the server SQL mode can make partitioned tables unusable. The following
CREATE TABLEstatement can be executed successfully only if the
NO_UNSIGNED_SUBTRACTIONmode is in effect:
mysql> SELECT @@sql_mode; +------------+ | @@sql_mode | +------------+ | | +------------+ 1 row in set (0.00 sec) mysql> CREATE TABLE tu (c1 BIGINT UNSIGNED) -> PARTITION BY RANGE(c1 - 10) ( -> PARTITION p0 VALUES LESS THAN (-5), -> PARTITION p1 VALUES LESS THAN (0), -> PARTITION p2 VALUES LESS THAN (5), -> PARTITION p3 VALUES LESS THAN (10), -> PARTITION p4 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE) -> ); ERROR 1563 (HY000): Partition constant is out of partition function domain mysql> SET sql_mode='NO_UNSIGNED_SUBTRACTION'; Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec) mysql> SELECT @@sql_mode; +-------------------------+ | @@sql_mode | +-------------------------+ | NO_UNSIGNED_SUBTRACTION | +-------------------------+ 1 row in set (0.00 sec) mysql> CREATE TABLE tu (c1 BIGINT UNSIGNED) -> PARTITION BY RANGE(c1 - 10) ( -> PARTITION p0 VALUES LESS THAN (-5), -> PARTITION p1 VALUES LESS THAN (0), -> PARTITION p2 VALUES LESS THAN (5), -> PARTITION p3 VALUES LESS THAN (10), -> PARTITION p4 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE) -> ); Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.05 sec)
If you remove the
NO_UNSIGNED_SUBTRACTIONserver SQL mode after creating
tu, you may no longer be able to access this table:
mysql> SET sql_mode=''; Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec) mysql> SELECT * FROM tu; ERROR 1563 (HY000): Partition constant is out of partition function domain mysql> INSERT INTO tu VALUES (20); ERROR 1563 (HY000): Partition constant is out of partition function domain
Server SQL modes also impact replication of partitioned tables. Differing SQL modes on source and replica can lead to partitioning expressions being evaluated differently; this can cause the distribution of data among partitions to be different in the source's and replica's copies of a given table, and may even cause inserts into partitioned tables that succeed on the source to fail on the replica. For best results, you should always use the same server SQL mode on the source and on the replica.
Performance considerations. Some effects of partitioning operations on performance are given in the following list:
File system operations. Partitioning and repartitioning operations (such as
PARTITION BY ...,
REORGANIZE PARTITION, or
REMOVE PARTITIONING) depend on file system operations for their implementation. This means that the speed of these operations is affected by such factors as file system type and characteristics, disk speed, swap space, file handling efficiency of the operating system, and MySQL server options and variables that relate to file handling. In particular, you should make sure that
large_files_supportis enabled and that
open_files_limitis set properly. For partitioned tables using the
MyISAMstorage engine, increasing
myisam_max_sort_file_sizemay improve performance; partitioning and repartitioning operations involving
InnoDBtables may be made more efficient by enabling
See also Maximum number of partitions.
MyISAM and partition file descriptor usage. For a partitioned
MyISAMtable, MySQL uses 2 file descriptors for each partition, for each such table that is open. This means that you need many more file descriptors to perform operations on a partitioned
MyISAMtable than on a table which is identical to it except that the latter table is not partitioned, particularly when performing
twith 100 partitions, such as the table created by this SQL statement:
CREATE TABLE t (c1 VARCHAR(50)) PARTITION BY KEY (c1) PARTITIONS 100 ENGINE=MYISAM;Note
For brevity, we use
KEYpartitioning for the table shown in this example, but file descriptor usage as described here applies to all partitioned
MyISAMtables, regardless of the type of partitioning that is employed. Partitioned tables using other storage engines such as
InnoDBare not affected by this issue.
Now assume that you wish to repartition
tso that it has 101 partitions, using the statement shown here:
ALTER TABLE t PARTITION BY KEY (c1) PARTITIONS 101;
To process this
ALTER TABLEstatement, MySQL uses 402 file descriptors—that is, two for each of the 100 original partitions, plus two for each of the 101 new partitions. This is because all partitions (old and new) must be opened concurrently during the reorganization of the table data. It is recommended that, if you expect to perform such operations, you should make sure that the
open_files_limitsystem variable is not set too low to accommodate them.
ALGORITHM and ALTER TABLE. Partitioned tables do not support
ALTER TABLEstatements with
ALGORITHM=COPY. See Section 220.127.116.11, “ALTER TABLE Partition Operations”.
Table locks. Generally, the process executing a partitioning operation on a table takes a write lock on the table. Reads from such tables are relatively unaffected; pending
UPDATEoperations are performed as soon as the partitioning operation has completed. For
InnoDB-specific information related to this limitation, see Partitioning Operations.
LOCKis not supported for
ALTER TABLEstatements on partitioned tables.
Storage engine. Partitioning operations, queries, and update operations generally tend to be faster with
MyISAMtables than with
Indexes; partition pruning. As with nonpartitioned tables, proper use of indexes can speed up queries on partitioned tables significantly. In addition, designing partitioned tables and queries on these tables to take advantage of partition pruning can improve performance dramatically. See Section 19.4, “Partition Pruning”, for more information.
Index condition pushdown is not supported for partitioned tables. See Section 18.104.22.168, “Index Condition Pushdown Optimization”.
Performance with LOAD DATA. In MySQL 5.6,
LOAD DATAuses buffering to improve performance. You should be aware that the buffer uses 130 KB memory per partition to achieve this.
Maximum number of partitions.
Prior to MySQL 5.6.7, the maximum possible number of partitions
for a given table not using the
storage engine was 1024. Beginning with MySQL 5.6.7, this limit
is increased to 8192 partitions. Regardless of the MySQL Server
version, this maximum includes subpartitions.
The maximum possible number of user-defined partitions for a table
NDB storage engine is
determined according to the version of the NDB Cluster software
being used, the number of data nodes, and other factors. See
NDB and user-defined partitioning,
for more information.
If, when creating tables with a large number of partitions (but
less than the maximum), you encounter an error message such as
Got error ... from storage engine: Out of resources
when opening file, you may be able to address the
issue by increasing the value of the
open_files_limit system variable.
However, this is dependent on the operating system, and may not be
possible or advisable on all platforms; see
Section B.3.2.17, “File Not Found and Similar Errors”, for more information.
In some cases, using large numbers (hundreds) of partitions may
also not be advisable due to other concerns, so using more
partitions does not automatically lead to better results.
See also File system operations.
Query cache not supported. The query cache is not supported for partitioned tables. Beginning with MySQL 5.6.5, the query cache is automatically disabled for queries involving partitioned tables, and cannot be enabled for such queries. (Bug #53775)
Per-partition key caches.
In MySQL 5.6, key caches are supported for
MyISAM tables, using
CACHE INDEX and
LOAD INDEX INTO
CACHE statements. Key caches may be defined for one,
several, or all partitions, and indexes for one, several, or all
partitions may be preloaded into key caches.
Foreign keys not supported for partitioned InnoDB tables.
Partitioned tables using the
storage engine do not support foreign keys. More specifically,
this means that the following two statements are true:
No definition of an
InnoDBtable employing user-defined partitioning may contain foreign key references; no
InnoDBtable whose definition contains foreign key references may be partitioned.
InnoDBtable definition may contain a foreign key reference to a user-partitioned table; no
InnoDBtable with user-defined partitioning may contain columns referenced by foreign keys.
The scope of the restrictions just listed includes all tables that
InnoDB storage engine.
statements that would result in tables violating these
restrictions are not allowed.
ALTER TABLE ... ORDER BY.
ALTER TABLE ... ORDER BY
against a partitioned table causes ordering of rows only within
Effects on REPLACE statements by modification of primary keys.
It can be desirable in some cases (see
Section 19.6.1, “Partitioning Keys, Primary Keys, and Unique Keys”)
to modify a table's primary key. Be aware that, if your
statements and you do this, the results of these statements can
be drastically altered. See Section 13.2.8, “REPLACE Statement”, for more
information and an example.
Columns with spatial data types such as
GEOMETRY cannot be used in partitioned
It is not possible to partition the log tables; an
TABLE ... PARTITION BY ... statement on such a table
fails with an error.
Data type of partitioning key.
A partitioning key must be either an integer column or an
expression that resolves to an integer. Expressions employing
ENUM columns cannot be used. The
column or expression value may also be
(See Section 19.2.7, “How MySQL Partitioning Handles NULL”.)
There are two exceptions to this restriction:
When partitioning by
[LINEAR] KEY, it is possible to use columns of any valid MySQL data type other than
BLOBas partitioning keys, because MySQL's internal key-hashing functions produce the correct data type from these types. For example, the following two
CREATE TABLEstatements are valid:
CREATE TABLE tkc (c1 CHAR) PARTITION BY KEY(c1) PARTITIONS 4; CREATE TABLE tke ( c1 ENUM('red', 'orange', 'yellow', 'green', 'blue', 'indigo', 'violet') ) PARTITION BY LINEAR KEY(c1) PARTITIONS 6;
CREATE TABLE rc (c1 INT, c2 DATE) PARTITION BY RANGE COLUMNS(c2) ( PARTITION p0 VALUES LESS THAN('1990-01-01'), PARTITION p1 VALUES LESS THAN('1995-01-01'), PARTITION p2 VALUES LESS THAN('2000-01-01'), PARTITION p3 VALUES LESS THAN('2005-01-01'), PARTITION p4 VALUES LESS THAN(MAXVALUE) ); CREATE TABLE lc (c1 INT, c2 CHAR(1)) PARTITION BY LIST COLUMNS(c2) ( PARTITION p0 VALUES IN('a', 'd', 'g', 'j', 'm', 'p', 's', 'v', 'y'), PARTITION p1 VALUES IN('b', 'e', 'h', 'k', 'n', 'q', 't', 'w', 'z'), PARTITION p2 VALUES IN('c', 'f', 'i', 'l', 'o', 'r', 'u', 'x', NULL) );
Column index prefixes not supported for key partitioning.
When creating a table that is partitioned by key, any columns in
the partitioning key which use column prefixes are ignored by
the table's partitioning function. Consider the following
CREATE TABLE statement, which has
VARCHAR columns, and whose
primary key uses all three columns and specifies prefixes for
two of them:
CREATE TABLE t1 ( a VARCHAR(10000), b VARCHAR(25), c VARCHAR(10), PRIMARY KEY (a(10), b, c(2)) ) PARTITION BY KEY() PARTITIONS 2;
This statement is accepted, but the resulting table is actually
created as if you had issued the following statement, using only
the primary key column which does not include a prefix (column
b) for the partitioning key:
CREATE TABLE t1 ( a VARCHAR(10000), b VARCHAR(25), c VARCHAR(10), PRIMARY KEY (a(10), b, c(2)) ) PARTITION BY KEY(b) PARTITIONS 2;
No warning is issued or any other indication provided that this has occurred, except in the event that all columns specified for the partitioning key use prefixes, in which case the statement fails with the error message shown here:
mysql> CREATE TABLE t2 ( -> a VARCHAR(10000), -> b VARCHAR(25), -> c VARCHAR(10), -> PRIMARY KEY (a(10), b(5) c(2)) -> ) PARTITION BY KEY() PARTITIONS 2; ERROR 1503 (HY000): A PRIMARY KEY must include all columns in the table's partitioning function
This also occurs when altering or upgrading such tables, and
includes cases in which the columns used in the partitioning
function are defined implicitly as those in the table's
primary key by employing an empty
This is a known issue which is addressed in MySQL 8.0 by deprecating the permissive behavior; in MYSQL 8.0, if any columns using prefixes are included in a table's partitioning function, the server logs an appropriate warning for each such column, or raises a descriptive error if necessary. (Allowing the use of columns with prefixes in partitioning keys is subject to removal altogether in a future version of MySQL.)
For general information about partitioning tables by key, see Section 19.2.5, “KEY Partitioning”.
SUBPARTITION BY KEY requires that the
subpartitioning column or columns be specified explicitly, unlike
the case with
PARTITION BY KEY, where it can be
omitted (in which case the table's primary key column is used
by default). Consider the table created by this statement:
CREATE TABLE ts ( id INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, name VARCHAR(30) );
You can create a table having the same columns, partitioned by
KEY, using a statement such as this one:
CREATE TABLE ts ( id INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, name VARCHAR(30) ) PARTITION BY KEY() PARTITIONS 4;
The previous statement is treated as though it had been written like this, with the table's primary key column used as the partitioning column:
CREATE TABLE ts ( id INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, name VARCHAR(30) ) PARTITION BY KEY(id) PARTITIONS 4;
However, the following statement that attempts to create a subpartitioned table using the default column as the subpartitioning column fails, and the column must be specified for the statement to succeed, as shown here:
mysql> CREATE TABLE ts ( -> id INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, -> name VARCHAR(30) -> ) -> PARTITION BY RANGE(id) -> SUBPARTITION BY KEY() -> SUBPARTITIONS 4 -> ( -> PARTITION p0 VALUES LESS THAN (100), -> PARTITION p1 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE) -> ); ERROR 1064 (42000): You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ') mysql> CREATE TABLE ts ( -> id INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, -> name VARCHAR(30) -> ) -> PARTITION BY RANGE(id) -> SUBPARTITION BY KEY(id) -> SUBPARTITIONS 4 -> ( -> PARTITION p0 VALUES LESS THAN (100), -> PARTITION p1 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE) -> ); Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.07 sec)
This is a known issue (see Bug #51470).
DELAYED option not supported.
INSERT DELAYED to insert
rows into a partitioned table is not supported. Attempting to do
so fails with an error.
DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY options.
DATA DIRECTORY and
DIRECTORY are subject to the following restrictions
when used with partitioned tables:
INDEX DIRECTORYoptions are ignored (see Bug #32091).
On Windows, the
INDEX DIRECTORYoptions are not supported for individual partitions or subpartitions of
MyISAMtables (Bug #30459). However, you can use
DATA DIRECTORYfor individual partitions or subpartitions of
In addition, you can use
ALTER TABLE ... REBUILD
PARTITION to rebuild one or more partitions of a
ALTER TABLE ... REORGANIZE
PARTITION also causes partitions to be rebuilt. See
Section 13.1.7, “ALTER TABLE Statement”, for more information about these
FOR EXPORT option (FLUSH TABLES).
option is not supported for partitioned
InnoDB tables in MySQL 5.6.16 and earlier.