For a long time long types like BLOB, TEXT were not supported by Percona InnoDB Recovery Tool. The reason consists in a special way InnoDB stores BLOBs.
An InnoDB table is stored in a clustered index called PRIMARY. It must exist even if a user hasn't defined the primary index. The PRIMARY index pages are identified by 8-bytes number index_id. The highest 4 bytes are always 0, so index_id is often notated as o:<4 bytes number>, e.g. 0:258. The pages are ordered in a B-tree. Primary index is used as a key. Inside a page records are stored in a linked list.
InnoDB page by default is 16k. Obviously if a record is too long, a single page can't store it. If the total record size is less than UNIV_PAGE_SIZE/2 - 200 (this is roughly 7k) then the full record is stored in the page of PRIMARY index. Let's call it internal. In InnoDB sources they have type FIL_PAGE_INDEX*.[Read more...]