Manually Deleting file and DISCARD TABLESPACE are not the only ways to encounter the “ibd file does not exist” Error

I’m sure most of you have seen the following error, and in many cases it’s quite easy to diagnose, as the error message is clear:

111111 11:11:11 [ERROR] MySQL is trying to open a table handle but the .ibd file for
table test/t does not exist.
Have you deleted the .ibd file from the database directory under
the MySQL datadir, or have you used DISCARD TABLESPACE?
how you can resolve the problem.

From the client side, you may see something like:

ERROR 1146 (42S02): Table 'test.t' doesn't exist

However, if you know you (or some backup/archive script) did not delete the file, nor did you run ALTER TABLE table DISCARD TABLESPACE, then what else could cause this?

Well, I recently found a case where it could occur when a truncate table (on an InnoDB table using the plugin with no foreign keys – so fast truncate method is used, and innodb_file_per_table is enabled) is issued on a table.

Then, if a crash occurs in the middle of this (after the .ibd file has been deleted, but before the re-creation process completes), then you can end up with this error (after a restart and a subsequent SELECT on this table).

I expect this is quite rare, but can happen nonetheless, so I wanted to add this for those searching for more possibilities of missing .ibd files.

Fwiw, I did add this as a user comment in the manual where this topic is discussed: