This article discusses the storage (inline and external) of field data in the InnoDB storage engine. All fields of variable length types like VARCHAR, VARBINARY, BLOB and TEXT can be stored inline within the clustered index record, or stored externally in separate BLOB pages outside of the index record (but within the same tablespace). All of these fields can be classified as large objects. These large objects are either binary large objects or character large objects. The binary large objects do not have an associated character set, whereas the character large objects do.
Within the InnoDB storage engine there is no difference between[Read more...]