Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#16460 closed New feature (invalid)

Add support for Index Length for MySQL-backed Models

Reported by: umbrae@… Owned by: nobody
Component: Database layer (models, ORM) Version: dev
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: umbrae@… Triage Stage: Design decision needed
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


On occasion, it is useful to be able to specific a key length different than the field length for a field - this is particularly true with MySQL, whose index sizes are limited to 767 bytes in InnoDB.

For example, I have a simple field like the following:

url = models.CharField(max_length=767, db_index=True)

Where all fields are UTF-8 characters, and hence 3 bytes each. This will issue a warning when I try to syncdb (and will full-on fail in south, as south bombs out on warnings):

_mysql_exceptions.Warning: Specified key was too long; max key length is 767 bytes

What I'd like to be able to do is the following:

url = models.CharField(max_length=767, db_index=True, index_length=255)

Which will then change the CREATE INDEX sql to look like:

CREATE INDEX "some_table_a4b49ab" ON "some_table" ("url"(255));

This should no longer issue a warning in MySQL.

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by umbrae@…

(Addendum: I know that, in general, such long indexes are discouraged - they are sometimes necessary however.)

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by Aymeric Augustin

Triage Stage: UnreviewedDesign decision needed

The idea makes sense, and wasn't reported before. I'm not sure if we want to add this in Django, though.

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by Malcolm Tredinnick

Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

Adding database specific attributes to Field classes isn't an option. We already allow initial SQL as well as emitting a syncdb signal that can be used for just this purpose: custom creation SQL insertion. That is where you would put code to create the appropriate index.

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