Section error when dragging column order

7 posts by 2 authors in: Forums > CMS Builder
Last Post: March 27, 2018   (RSS)

By kitsguru - January 4, 2018

I am receiving the following in one section when I try to change the column order

Error: MySQL Error: Specified key was too long; max key length is 1000 bytes
 - in editTable_functions.php on line 381 by _saveFieldOrder_updateColumnOrder()

Schema attached

Jeff Shields

custom_pages.ini.php 16K

By kitsguru - January 4, 2018

More Info:

I added a trigger_error to capture the sql generated by moving the column.

E_USER_NOTICE: ALTER TABLE `cmsb_custom_pages`

MODIFY COLUMN `permalink` varchar(255)  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `shadow_permalink` mediumtext  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `forms` mediumtext  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `font_icon` varchar(255)  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `meta_description` varchar(255)  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `embed_video` mediumtext  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `ads` mediumtext  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `side_note` mediumtext  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `content` mediumtext  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `subtitle` mediumtext  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `page_title` varchar(255)  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `name` varchar(255)  FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `removeDate` datetime  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `publishDate` datetime  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `neverRemove` tinyint(1) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `featured` tinyint(1) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `is_heading_only` tinyint(1) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `hide_in_nav_menu` tinyint(1) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `hidden` tinyint(1) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `breadcrumb` varchar(255)  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `parentNum` int(10) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `depth` int(10) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `lineage` varchar(255)  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `siblingOrder` int(10) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `globalOrder` int(10) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `updatedByUserNum` int(10) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `updatedDate` datetime  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `createdByUserNum` int(10) unsigned  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `createdDate` datetime  NOT NULL FIRST,

MODIFY COLUMN `num` int(10) unsigned auto_increment NOT NULL FIRST

/Volumes/J/@projects/jas/html/www/cmsb/lib/menus/database/editTable_functions.php  (line 419)


I then change the table ENGINE=InnoDB

and I was able to move the column order.

Jeff Shields

By Dave - January 5, 2018

Hi Jeff, 

Ok, glad you got it working.  If that comes up again or you'd like us to investigate it further just let me know.


Dave Edis - Senior Developer

By kitsguru - January 5, 2018

I think you will find this error coming up more frequently now that the database matches the ini column order.

There might be two solutions.

Change the table engine to innodb


split the alter table command so its total length is less than 1000 characters.

Jeff Shields

By kitsguru - January 5, 2018 - edited: January 6, 2018


The max key length for myisam is 1000. The InnoDB internal maximum key length is 3500 bytes, but MySQL itself restricts this to 3072 bytes.

Since innodb is now the default and is better for overall performance with record locking instead of table locking, it might be worth moving in that direction.


Also see:

Jeff Shields

By kitsguru - March 27, 2018

To change a table to INNODB :

Alter Table cmsb_accounts ENGINE=INNODB;

Jeff Shields