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Best Field Type for IP address?
Posted by: Jared Valarta
Date: October 12, 2005 12:19PM

I have a very large table (700mb currently) which is growing and I'm looking for ways to shrink it's size without loosing data.

One of the fields is IP address (xx.xx.xx.xx) which I have currently as a varchar(15). Is there a better field type for IP address that would maximize storage? I thought about Decimal but given an IP has multiple dots I was affraid to try it not knowing the result.

Any thoughts appriciated.

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