Plan the location in advance, because you cannot use the
DATA DIRECTORY clause with the
ALTER TABLE statement. The
directory you specify could be on another storage device with
particular performance or capacity characteristics, such as a fast
SSD or a high-capacity
Within the destination directory, MySQL creates a subdirectory
corresponding to the database name, and within that a
.ibd file for the new table.
In the database directory beneath the MySQL
DATADIR directory, MySQL creates
file containing the path name for the table. The
.isl file is treated by MySQL
like a symbolic link. (Using actual
symbolic links has never been supported for
The following example demonstrates creating a file-per-table
tablespace outside the MySQL data directory. It shows the
.ibd created in the specified directory, and
.isl created in the database directory
beneath the MySQL data directory.
mysql> USE test; Database changed mysql> SHOW VARIABLES LIKE 'innodb_file_per_table'; +-----------------------+-------+ | Variable_name | Value | +-----------------------+-------+ | innodb_file_per_table | ON | +-----------------------+-------+ 1 row in set (0.00 sec) mysql> CREATE TABLE t1 (c1 INT PRIMARY KEY) DATA DIRECTORY = '/alternative/directory'; Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.03 sec) # MySQL creates a .ibd file for the new table in a subdirectory that corresponding # to the database name db_user@ubuntu:~/alternative/directory/test$ ls t1.ibd # MySQL creates a .isl file containing the path name for the table in a directory # beneath the MySQL data directory db_user@ubuntu:~/mysql/data/test$ ls db.opt t1.frm t1.isl
MySQL initially holds the
.ibdfile open, preventing you from dismounting the device, but might eventually close the table if the server is busy. Be careful not to accidentally dismount an external device while MySQL is running, or to start MySQL while the device is disconnected. Attempting to access a table when the associated
.ibdfile is missing causes a serious error that requires a server restart.
A server restart might fail if the
.ibdfile is still not at the expected path. In this case, manually remove the
file in the database directory, and after restarting perform a
DROP TABLEto delete the
.frmfile and remove the information about the table from the data dictionary.
Before tables on an NFS-mounted volume, review potential issues outlined in Using NFS with MySQL.
If you use an LVM snapshot, file copy, or other file-based mechanism to back up the
.ibdfile, always use the
FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORTstatement first to make sure all changes that were buffered in memory are flushed to disk before the backup occurs.
DATA DIRECTORYclause is a supported alternative to using symbolic links, which has always been problematic and was never supported for individual