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Difference between 'indexes' and 'primary keys'?

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Msg#: 4114146 posted 6:48 am on Apr 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

What is the difference between indexes and primary keys in phpmyadmin? (What way should they be used to gain the most speed?)

I tried to search for an existing topic as I'm sure it already exists, but couldn't find anything.



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Msg#: 4114146 posted 9:04 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

A primary key must be unique. Usually it's an integer ID that uniquely identifies each row.

Indexes are used to ... index ... the values in a given row so that they can be found more quickly.

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