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Re: text vs varchar
Posted by: Øystein Grøvlen ()
Date: April 29, 2016 12:41AM


I assume you are using InnoDB. With respect to storage, InnoDB will handle VARCHAR and TEXT much the same. Short values will be stored on same page as rest of row, long values will be stored on separate pages.

However, when fetching the data from InnoDB, the server will allocate space for all VARCHAR columns while space for TEXT columns will only be allocated if they are actually read. Hence, if a column is seldom fetched, you will use less memory if TEXT is used.

Hope this helps,

Øystein Grøvlen,
Senior Principal Software Engineer,
MySQL Group, Oracle,
Trondheim, Norway

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Re: text vs varchar 448 Øystein Grøvlen 05/02/2016 04:37AM
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