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Adding columns to live tables
Posted by: Dave S
Date: March 07, 2011 12:35AM


I'm using phpMyAdmin to administer a MySQL database on a hosted account.

My question is: are there any "gotchas" that I should watch out for when I want to add a new column to an existing table that is live and potentially in use? (99.9% of the access to it is reading only)

Specifically, I'll be looking to add a non-indexed integer column after the last column, with a default value of 0. I know *how* to do this using both a SQL statement and the phpMyAdmin utility, but my question is whether or not I need to do anything special/extra, seeing as how it's a live table, or whether there are advantages to using the phpMyAdmin utility over a raw SQL statement, etc.


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