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MediaWiki version: 1.3

The hitcounter table in MediaWiki is a temporary buffer for storage of page view information. If $wgHitcounterUpdateFreq is set to a value bigger than 1, this table stores the page_id value of every page that was visited. The value of $wgHitcounterUpdateFreq is then fed into a randomizer, which then updates the page_counter fields of the stored pages when the random number is equal to a particular value. This reduces database load; updating the page_counter field with every page hit is a main source for slow queries. After this batch update of the page_counter fields has been done, the hitcounter table is emptied.

This table was introduced in MediaWiki 1.3, and will always be empty if $wgDisableCounters is set to true. Additionally, if $wgHitcounterUpdateFreq is set to 1, the page table is directly updated, and this table is not used.

Fields[edit | edit source]

hc_id[edit | edit source]

Contains the page_id of each visited page in the buffer.

Schema summary[edit | edit source]

MediaWiki version: 1.3

DESCRIBE hitcounter gives the following:

+-------+------------------+------+-----+---------+-------+
| Field | Type             | Null | Key | Default | Extra |
+-------+------------------+------+-----+---------+-------+
| hc_id | int(10) unsigned | NO   |     | NULL    |       |
+-------+------------------+------+-----+---------+-------+
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