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Create spatial index on BLOB column?
Posted by: James Allen
Date: August 15, 2009 03:50PM

Hi,

I am trying to add a spatial index to a table column named Location of type BLOB. If I try this:

ALTER TABLE route ADD SPATIAL INDEX(Location);

I get:

#Error: BLOB/TEXT column 'Location' used in key specification without a key length

But in the official docs for MySql 5.1 (the version I am using), it clearly says:

"In MySQL 5.1, column prefix lengths are prohibited. The full width of each column is indexed."

This surely says that I don't need to provide a prefix. I tried adding a prefix anyway like this:

ALTER TABLE route ADD SPATIAL INDEX(Location(256));

And I get:

#Error: Incorrect prefix key; the used key part isn't a string, the used length is longer than the key part, or the storage engine doesn't support unique prefix keys

So what the heck is going on?? For info, I am using MySQL 5.1.37 community, and my table is MyISAM, this is the create statement:

CREATE TABLE `climb`.`route` (
`Id` int(11) NOT NULL,
`Name` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
`Location` blob,
PRIMARY KEY (`Id`),
) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1;

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