Ståle Deraas has been working with MySQL Database team since 2008. He is currently employed by Oracle, based in Norway. He is Senior Software Development Manager for the runtime team of the MySQL Database. He has a background in the database industry, working for Sun Microsystems on Java DB, and prior to that on Software Development Tools. He has a B.Sc Hons degree in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow.
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Just as you use a database like MySQL to store your application data, MySQL must also store its meta data (schema names, table definitions etc) somewhere. Traditionally this meta data storage has been split between many different locations (.FRM, .PAR, .OPT, .TRN and .TRG files).…
For a long time, there have been complaints about deficiencies of the data dictionary of MySQL. Many have expressed a lack of love for FRM files, see Morgan’s blog post and Stewart Smith’s post MySQL Architecture.
We are now designing and implementing a new and improved data dictionary for MySQL, and some key design goals are:
Store dictionary information in transactional storage.