MySQL Question

Frank Wiles frank at
Mon Jun 6 10:58:13 CDT 2005

On Mon, 6 Jun 2005 10:42:09 -0500
Josh Charles <josh.charles at> wrote:

> I've been trying to figure this out, but have been coming up blank. 
> For some reason, I can't figure out the right google term to use, and
> the MySQL books I have don't really address this.
> I'm working with a website that will have many, many pieces of text I
> need to store in the database.  Most of these texts will be less than
> 10,000 Characters, while a few will could be as great as 100,000
> characters or more.  I won't be able to know ahead of time.
> The Scheme's I've come up with are as follows:
> Use LongText or MediumText data type for all articles.  My concern is
> that those majority of articles that are only < 10,000 will bloat the
> database.  Please excuse my ignorance in the data storage techniques
> if this isn't right.
> The other way is that as articles are stored in different tables based
> on their character count.  I don't like this method because it would
> mean have three tables to store the same type of data, and I would
> need to reference that in another table.
> Anyone have thoughts on this?

  While I'm not familiar with MySQL internals specifically, most
  databases ( like PostgreSQL ) store large data like that outside 
  of the normal "table" in an overflow table.  This is because
  it is impossible ot predict how large the data is going to be and
  thus you can't pre-allocate space for it. 

  My suggestion would be to try it out and see what happens.  If it
  does cause the table to bloat look into switching to PostgreSQL
  which doesn't have that problem. 

   Frank Wiles <frank at>

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