sorry for the confusion. I believe I was incorrect about what I said above. If the search tables are already there and full, then the database_update.php file will not drop them or empty them etc. it will just use them.
now, if you have some type of problem with your database being too large to work with or upload/download etc., you can empty the search tables for the upgrade. you can then rebuild the search after you finish the upgrade by using that function in the admin panel.
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