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(in my.cnf) I've tried default-storage-engine = myisam, skip-innodb, and commented out every innodb features, but none of them works

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Maria can't disable the Aria/Maria storage engine as it's needed. You can disable most of the others via

skip-innodb skip-pbxt skip-federated

just type the following to show all storage engines available and it's current status

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I think InnoDB cannot be disabled since this is killer feature of MariaDB

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This is not correct. – snap Sep 3 '11 at 10:16

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