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MySQL® Administrator's Guide by MySQL AB

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8 MySQL Storage Engines and Table Types

MySQL supports several storage engines that act as handlers for different table types. MySQL storage engines include both those that handle transaction-safe tables and those that handle non-transaction-safe tables:

Image   The original storage engine was ISAM, which managed non-transactional tables. This engine has been replaced by MyISAM and should no longer be used. It is deprecated in MySQL 4.1, and will be removed in MySQL 5.0.

Image   In MySQL 3.23.0, the MyISAM and HEAP storage engines were introduced. MyISAM ...

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