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Matias

MySQL Column Choice

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ok lets say there was database that consisted of switchboard values (on or off)

 

column 1 (0 or 1)

column 2 (0 or 1)

column 3 (0 or 1)

column 4 (0 or 1)

column 5 (0 or 1)

column 6 (0 or 1)

 

now all of those are what they are (they define what is activated)

 

anyways right now they have their own correctponding colums, but I want to make them into one line of numbers...

 

so something like this

 

1010110

 

pretty much like chmod only its binary...

 

now which way would be best to do so. Should I make a column that is CHAR(6) or should I make a MEDIUMINT(6) colum.

 

Or if its possible, can a BIT column be made, so its binary

 

 

which way is better

 

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AFAIK, they did add a BIT column type in MySQL 5, so obviously, that would be ideal. In pre-5, I would suspect the INT columns would be better suited, but you can always check the relevant [a href=\"http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/storage-requirements.html\" target=\"_blank\"]refman page[/a] that discusses column storage requirements.

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