# Mysql – Changing number of rows when importing table

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I'm currently importing a table with about 17 million rows in MySQL. What catches my attention is, the number of row seems to be fluctuate.

I used the command show table status while my importing process was running. One time, I got 1.5 million of rows, then I ran that command again and got lower than 1.5 million. How is that possible?

The answer is innodb only estimates number of rows by command show table status. Please refer to http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/show-table-status.html for further explanation.