22.6.2 Partitioning Limitations Relating to Storage Engines
The following limitations apply to the use of storage engines with user-defined partitioning of tables.
MERGE storage engine. User-defined partitioning and the
MERGE storage engine are not compatible. Tables using the
MERGE storage engine cannot be partitioned. Partitioned tables cannot be merged.
FEDERATED storage engine. Partitioning of
FEDERATED tables is not supported; it is not possible to create partitioned
CSV storage engine. Partitioned tables using the
CSV storage engine are not supported; it is not possible to create partitioned
InnoDB storage engine.
InnoDB foreign keys and MySQL partitioning are not compatible. Partitioned
InnoDB tables cannot have foreign key references, nor can they have columns referenced by foreign keys.
InnoDB tables which have or which are referenced by foreign keys cannot be partitioned.
InnoDB does not support the use of multiple disks for subpartitions. (This is currently supported only by
ALTER TABLE ... OPTIMIZE PARTITION does not work correctly with partitioned tables that use the
InnoDB storage engine. Use
ALTER TABLE ... REBUILD PARTITION and
ALTER TABLE ... ANALYZE PARTITION, instead, for such tables. For more information, see Section 188.8.131.52, “ALTER TABLE Partition Operations”.
User-defined partitioning and the NDB storage engine (NDB Cluster). Partitioning by
LINEAR KEY) is the only type of partitioning supported for the
NDB storage engine. It is not possible under normal circumstances in NDB Cluster to create an NDB Cluster table using any partitioning type other than [
KEY, and attempting to do so fails with an error.
Exception (not for production): It is possible to override this restriction by setting the
new system variable on NDB Cluster SQL nodes to
ON. If you choose to do this, you should be aware that tables using partitioning types other than
[LINEAR] KEY are not supported in production. In such cases, you can create and use tables with partitioning types other than
LINEAR KEY, but you do this entirely at your own risk.
The maximum number of partitions that can be defined for an
NDB table depends on the number of data nodes and node groups in the cluster, the version of the NDB Cluster software in use, and other factors. See NDB and user-defined partitioning, for more information.
As of MySQL NDB Cluster 7.5.2, the maximum amount of fixed-size data that can be stored per partition in an
NDB table is 128 TB. Previously, this was 16 GB.
The table must have an explicit primary key.
All columns listed in the table's partitioning expression must be part of the primary key.
Exception. If a user-partitioned
NDB table is created using an empty column-list (that is, using
PARTITION BY KEY() or
PARTITION BY LINEAR KEY()), then no explicit primary key is required.
Upgrading partitioned tables. When performing an upgrade, tables which are partitioned by
KEY and which use any storage engine other than
NDB must be dumped and reloaded.
Same storage engine for all partitions. All partitions of a partitioned table must use the same storage engine and it must be the same storage engine used by the table as a whole. In addition, if one does not specify an engine on the table level, then one must do either of the following when creating or altering a partitioned table:
Do not specify any engine for any partition or subpartition
Specify the engine for all partitions or subpartitions