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What search is used if Sphinx is not installed?

The documentation offers the opportunity to use sphinx search. However, it appears that there is search functionality even without sphinx installed.

How does adding sphinx improve / extend the default search functionality?

Joseph's avatar
asked 2011-11-16 01:49:39 -0500
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By default internal database search capability is used. In MySQL - MyISAM engine supports full text search, postgres supports it natively.

The only external search we support now is Sphinx - very necessary for Chinese installations as Chinese search has special requirements and there is a Chinese language port of Sphinx.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2011-11-16 06:42:28 -0500
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How can I change my search engine from innoDB to MyISAM?

Andy's avatar Andy (2016-04-07 20:43:11 -0500) edit

@Andy - please look into this issue in the MySQL resources, such as documentation, forums, etc.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2016-06-15 05:57:38 -0500) edit
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