The following is a table comparison between InnoDB with MyISAM
My ISAM InnoDB Required full text Search Yes Require Transactions Yes frequent select queries Yes frequent insert,update,delete Yes Row Locking (multi processing on single table) Yes Relational base design Yes
There is minor problem that MyISAM did not support Transactions and innoDB are more relialbe on atomicity. But you can solve that problem by your own programmming design, you can achieve that by random no method, you can achieve parallelism also
Here is a simple shell script to automatically Convert MySql Database from InnoDB to MyISAM.
#!/bin/bash MYSQLCMD=mysql for db in 'echo show databases | $MYSQLCMD | grep -v Database'; do for table in 'echo show tables | $MYSQLCMD $db | grep -v Tables_in_'; do TABLE_TYPE='echo show create table $table | $MYSQLCMD $db | sed -e's/.*ENGINE=([[:alnum:]]+)[[:space:]].*/1/'|grep -v 'Create Table'' if [ $TABLE_TYPE = "InnoDB" ] ; then mysqldump $db $table > $db.$table.sql echo "ALTER TABLE $table ENGINE = MyISAM" | $MYSQLCMD $db fi done done