We run a server with MySQL 5.5. 95% of the tables are set to the InnoDB engine.

However whenever I look at the my.ini file (using the MySQL Workbench) under mysqld section innodb is unchecked and OFF is selected in the drop down. I don't see this line added to the my.ini file when viewing with notepad.

Should I check this setting and set it to ON so we can utilize the enabled innodb settings (buffers & log file etc.) or does this not matter?


Innodb is the default storage engine, and it is loaded by default. I would consider this a flaw in MySQL Workbench. You can read more about the --innodb (and --skip-innodb) option here:


Notice that if you disable innodb, MySQL won't even start unless you specify a different default storage engine as well.

  • I was thinking it was a flaw but I wanted to double check – Jeff Nov 28 '11 at 15:55

Sounds like an issue with MySQL Workbench.

MySQL 5.5 has a default storage engine of InnoDB.

In fact, the option default_storage_engine is predefined as follows:

  • MySQL 5.5.4 and prior, MyISAM
  • MySQL 5.5.8 and after, InnoDB

There is another option called storage-engine, which was deprecated as for MySQL 5.5.3. Keep in mind that MySQL 5.5.8 was the very first GA release.

I would strongly suspect MySQL Workbench if it is coded to check storage-engine instead of default-storage-engine. This would allow MySQL Workbench to monitor older release of MySQL.

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