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Re: [GSoC] MDEV-371- index on BLOB


Hi, Smit!

On Mar 17, smit hinsu wrote:
> Hi Sergei and Roberto,
> My name is Smit Hinsu and I am final year undergrad student. I have good
> knowledge about database internals and good experience with C++.
> I find feature of creating index on BLOB quickly using MD-5 interesting. I
> have understood basic requirements for this feature. I have following
> questions in my mind currently.
> I think, HASH index is not supported in MySQL's version of MyISAM storage
> engine. Has MariaDB removed this restriction?

No, it is not supported in MariaDB either. I mean, neither in MySQL nor
in MariaDB you can write


This doesn't work.

But both in MySQL and in MariaDB, MyISAM actually supports these
indexes! They are not available to the SQL user, but they are there in
the code. This task, precisely, is to provide SQL access to this

> We should support index for BLOB for BTREE index also in which we store
> only hash value of the value in BTREE. Is this possible?

That's what MyISAM does, yes.

> Can you suggest me some startup task related to index or storage engine
> which can make me familiar with the related parts? I have started to look
> at code.

Look in storage/myisam for "MI_UNIQUEDEF" - see where this structure is
used and how.


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