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icon6.gif  Holes in MYSQL Databases? [message #162221] Fri, 09 April 2010 00:17 Go to previous message
The Witcher is currently offline  The Witcher   United States
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Had a long discussion with a young man today who explained quite emphatically that by deleting posts and or users (even move/split and merge operations) in a forum (any forum), left "holes" in the database which would eventually make the system unstable and crash.

Off hand I am quite dubious about his claim, primarily since he did not seem able to even match my own meager knowledge about MYSQL; though I have heard such claims before I have never placed much faith in them.

As I understand it MYSQL is not all that much different than any other database in that it has tables, fields, cells, columns and rows in which data is stored, retrieved and or manipulated.

And as I understand it, running Forum Consistency, Rebuild Search Index, and Compact Messages prevents the Database from being adversely affected by the above actins!

Could someone please clarify this for me?

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