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Scale question FTS, for planning purposes
Posted by: Mark Giaconia
Date: May 01, 2011 02:59PM

Hello, I am new to MySql. I use MS SQL now with a table of approx 1 billion rows on a varchar(500) column of English sentences (<= 500 chars in each row) that have been split from documents. I am wondering if anyone out there has ever used a MySql, single column, FTI on a table of this size.

The use case is to automatically "content screen" the sentences with boolean queries to load a data warehouse. In MS SQL the queries look like this
select...where contains(ColumnOfText, 'this | that | "this thing" | "That Thing" ')
The | means "or" in MSSQL Contains.

Can I accomplish this reasonably fast in MySql on a table this size? Honestly doesn't have to be lightning fast, because users are not waiting for it, the FTI will be used in a process of screening text to load a data warehouse.

thanks

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