My head is swimming with lots of info gleaned from various newsgroups about
using fulltext indexes in MySQL, but, I'm still not sure what the best
solution would be for what I want to do. I'm concerned about the 3-char
minimum and not being able to search on partial words (my version of MySQL
doesn't support boolean fulltext searches).

I have a simple News table that is structured like this:

  `id` int(7) unsigned NOT NULL auto_increment,
  `author` varchar(50) NOT NULL default '',
  `headline` varchar(60) NOT NULL default '',
  `content` text NOT NULL,
  `url` text NOT NULL,
  UNIQUE KEY `id` (`id`),

I want searches for News to be on the author, headline and content fields.
What is the best way to index and search this?

A) Create a combined fulltext index: FULLTEXT (author,headline,content) --
and do searches using MATCH() and AGAINST().

B) Create a fulltext index only for the content field and use this kind of
select: SELECT * FROM db WHERE author LIKE "%phrase%" OR headline LIKE
"%phrase%" OR MATCH(content) AGAINST(phrase);

C) None of the above ... is there a better way?

Thanks a lot for any input or feedback! I'm completely lost!


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