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Even if it existed, I would be quite surprised if such a thing is 
necessary for MySQL.

Looking through the (5.1) manual, the only references to "compact" 
(as a verb) as to do with dumping data and a storage structure 
option.  There is nothing (that I can see) listed for it as a 
shutdown option.

It's the difference between an "embedded" database file and a 
database engine.  MySQL is a database engine.  You only need to send 
it requests and get answers back from it.  Otherwise it does all its 
own housekeeping and management.  You don't tell it to compact its 

Mark Stanton
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