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Chapter 14. Storage Engines

Table of Contents

14.1. Comparing Transaction and Nontransaction Engines
14.2. Other Storage Engines
14.3. Setting the Storage Engine
14.4. Overview of MySQL Storage Engine Architecture
14.4.1. Pluggable Storage Engine Architecture
14.4.2. The Common Database Server Layer
14.5. The MyISAM Storage Engine
14.5.1. MyISAM Startup Options
14.5.2. Space Needed for Keys
14.5.3. MyISAM Table Storage Formats
14.5.4. MyISAM Table Problems
14.6. The InnoDB Storage Engine
14.6.1. Configuring InnoDB
14.6.2. InnoDB Startup Options and System Variables
14.6.3. Creating and Using InnoDB Tables
14.6.4. Adding, Removing, or Resizing InnoDB Data and Log Files
14.6.5. Backing Up and Recovering an InnoDB Database
14.6.6. Moving or Copying InnoDB Tables to Another Machine
14.6.7. The InnoDB Transaction Model and Locking
14.6.8. InnoDB Multi-Versioning
14.6.9. InnoDB Table and Index Structures
14.6.10. InnoDB Disk I/O and File Space Management
14.6.11. InnoDB Error Handling
14.6.12. InnoDB Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting
14.6.13. Limits on InnoDB Tables
14.7. The IBMDB2I Storage Engine
14.7.1. Installation
14.7.2. Configuration Options
14.7.3. Creating schemas and tables
14.7.4. Database/metadata management
14.7.5. Transaction behavior
14.7.6. Principles and Terminology
14.7.7. Notes and Limitations
14.7.8. Character sets and collations
14.7.9. Error codes and trouble-shooting information
14.8. The MERGE Storage Engine
14.8.1. MERGE Table Advantages and Disadvantages
14.8.2. MERGE Table Problems
14.9. The MEMORY Storage Engine
14.10. The EXAMPLE Storage Engine
14.11. The FEDERATED Storage Engine
14.11.1. FEDERATED Storage Engine Overview
14.11.2. How to Create FEDERATED Tables
14.11.3. FEDERATED Storage Engine Notes and Tips
14.11.4. FEDERATED Storage Engine Resources
14.12. The ARCHIVE Storage Engine
14.13. The CSV Storage Engine
14.13.1. Repairing and Checking CSV Tables
14.13.2. CSV Limitations
14.14. The BLACKHOLE Storage Engine

MySQL supports several storage engines that act as handlers for different table types. MySQL storage engines include both those that handle transaction-safe tables and those that handle nontransaction-safe tables.

As of MySQL 5.1, MySQL Server uses a pluggable storage engine architecture that enables storage engines to be loaded into and unloaded from a running MySQL server.

Note

Prior to MySQL 5.1.38, the pluggable storage engine architecture is supported on Unix platforms only and pluggable storage engines are not supported on Windows.

To determine which storage engines your server supports by using the SHOW ENGINES statement. The value in the Support column indicates whether an engine can be used. A value of YES, NO, or DEFAULT indicates that an engine is available, not available, or available and currently set as the default storage engine.

mysql> SHOW ENGINES\G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
      Engine: FEDERATED
     Support: NO
     Comment: Federated MySQL storage engine
Transactions: NULL
          XA: NULL
  Savepoints: NULL
*************************** 2. row ***************************
      Engine: MRG_MYISAM
     Support: YES
     Comment: Collection of identical MyISAM tables
Transactions: NO
          XA: NO
  Savepoints: NO
*************************** 3. row ***************************
      Engine: MyISAM
     Support: DEFAULT
     Comment: Default engine as of MySQL 3.23 with great performance
Transactions: NO
          XA: NO
  Savepoints: NO
...

This chapter describes each of the MySQL storage engines except for NDBCLUSTER, which is covered in Chapter 17, MySQL Cluster NDB 6.1 - 7.1. It also contains a description of the pluggable storage engine architecture (see Section 14.4, “Overview of MySQL Storage Engine Architecture”).

For information about storage engine support offered in commercial MySQL Server binaries, see MySQL Enterprise Server 5.1, on the MySQL Web site. The storage engines available might depend on which edition of Enterprise Server you are using.

For answers to some commonly asked questions about MySQL storage engines, see Section B.2, “MySQL 5.1 FAQ: Storage Engines”.

MySQL 5.1 supported storage engines

It is important to remember that you are not restricted to using the same storage engine for an entire server or schema: you can use a different storage engine for each table in your schema.

Choosing a Storage Engine

The various storage engines provided with MySQL are designed with different use cases in mind. To use the pluggable storage architecture effectively, it is good to have an idea of the advantages and disadvantages of the various storage engines. The following table provides an overview of some storage engines provided with MySQL:

Table 14.1. Storage Engine Features

FeatureMyISAMMemoryInnoDBArchiveNDB
Storage limits256TBRAM64TBNone384EB
TransactionsNoNoYesNoYes
Locking granularityTableTableRowTableRow
MVCCNoNoYesNoNo
Geospatial data type supportYesNoYesYesYes
Geospatial indexing supportYesNoNoNoNo
B-tree indexesYesYesYesNoNo
T-tree indexesNoNoNoNoYes
Hash indexesNoYesNo[a]NoYes
Full-text search indexesYesNoYes[b]NoNo
Clustered indexesNoNoYesNoNo
Data cachesNoN/AYesNoYes
Index cachesYesN/AYesNoYes
Compressed dataYes[c]NoYes[d]YesNo
Encrypted data[e]YesYesYesYesYes
Cluster database supportNoNoNoNoYes
Replication support[f]YesYesYesYesYes
Foreign key supportNoNoYesNoNo
Backup / point-in-time recovery[g]YesYesYesYesYes
Query cache supportYesYesYesYesYes
Update statistics for data dictionaryYesYesYesYesYes

[a] InnoDB utilizes hash indexes internally for its Adaptive Hash Index feature.

[b] InnoDB support for FULLTEXT indexes is available in MySQL 5.6.4 and higher.

[c] Compressed MyISAM tables are supported only when using the compressed row format. Tables using the compressed row format with MyISAM are read only.

[d] Compressed InnoDB tables require the InnoDB Barracuda file format.

[e] Implemented in the server (via encryption functions), rather than in the storage engine.

[f] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.

[g] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.


14.1. Comparing Transaction and Nontransaction Engines

Transaction-safe tables (TSTs) have several advantages over nontransaction-safe tables (NTSTs):

  • They are safer. Even if MySQL crashes or you get hardware problems, you can get your data back, either by automatic recovery or from a backup plus the transaction log.

  • You can combine many statements and accept them all at the same time with the COMMIT statement (if autocommit is disabled).

  • You can execute ROLLBACK to ignore your changes (if autocommit is disabled).

  • If an update fails, all of your changes are reverted. (With nontransaction-safe tables, all changes that have taken place are permanent.)

  • Transaction-safe storage engines can provide better concurrency for tables that get many updates concurrently with reads.

You can combine transaction-safe and nontransaction-safe tables in the same statements to get the best of both worlds. However, although MySQL supports several transaction-safe storage engines, for best results, you should not mix different storage engines within a transaction with autocommit disabled. For example, if you do this, changes to nontransaction-safe tables still are committed immediately and cannot be rolled back. For information about this and other problems that can occur in transactions that use mixed storage engines, see Section 13.3.1, “START TRANSACTION, COMMIT, and ROLLBACK Syntax”.

Nontransaction-safe tables have several advantages of their own, all of which occur because there is no transaction overhead:

  • Much faster

  • Lower disk space requirements

  • Less memory required to perform updates

14.2. Other Storage Engines

Other storage engines may be available from third parties and community members that have used the Custom Storage Engine interface.

Note

Third party engines are not supported by MySQL. For further information, documentation, installation guides, bug reporting or for any help or assistance with these engines, please contact the developer of the engine directly.

Third party engines that are known to be available include the following:

  • PrimeBase XT (PBXT): PBXT has been designed for modern, web-based, high concurrency environments.

  • RitmarkFS: RitmarkFS enables you to access and manipulate the file system using SQL queries. RitmarkFS also supports file system replication and directory change tracking.

  • Distributed Data Engine: The Distributed Data Engine is an Open Source project that is dedicated to provide a Storage Engine for distributed data according to workload statistics.

  • mdbtools: A pluggable storage engine that enables read-only access to Microsoft Access .mdb database files.

  • solidDB for MySQL: solidDB Storage Engine for MySQL is an open source, transactional storage engine for MySQL Server. It is designed for mission-critical implementations that require a robust, transactional database. solidDB Storage Engine for MySQL is a multi-threaded storage engine that supports full ACID compliance with all expected transaction isolation levels, row-level locking, and Multi-Version Concurrency Control (MVCC) with nonblocking reads and writes.

  • The InnoDB Plugin: The InnoDB Plugin for MySQL permits users to replace the built-in version of InnoDB in MySQL 5.1 with a new release of InnoDB that offers new features, improved performance, enhanced reliability and new capabilities for flexibility and ease of use. Among the new features of the InnoDB Plugin are Fast index creation, table and index compression, file format management and new INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables.

For more information on developing a customer storage engine that can be used with the Pluggable Storage Engine Architecture, see MySQL Internals: Writing a Custom Storage Engine.

14.3. Setting the Storage Engine

When you create a new table, you can specify which storage engine to use by adding an ENGINE table option to the CREATE TABLE statement:

CREATE TABLE t (i INT) ENGINE = INNODB;

If you omit the ENGINE option, the default storage engine is used. Normally, this is MyISAM, but you can change it by using the --default-storage-engine server startup option, or by setting the default-storage-engine option in the my.cnf configuration file.

You can set the default storage engine to be used during the current session by setting the storage_engine variable:

SET storage_engine=MYISAM;

When MySQL is installed on Windows using the MySQL Configuration Wizard, the InnoDB or MyISAM storage engine can be selected as the default. See Section 2.3.5.5, “MySQL Server Instance Config Wizard: The Database Usage Dialog”.

To convert a table from one storage engine to another, use an ALTER TABLE statement that indicates the new engine:

ALTER TABLE t ENGINE = MYISAM;

See Section 13.1.17, “CREATE TABLE Syntax”, and Section 13.1.7, “ALTER TABLE Syntax”.

If you try to use a storage engine that is not compiled in or that is compiled in but deactivated, MySQL instead creates a table using the default storage engine. This behavior is convenient when you want to copy tables between MySQL servers that support different storage engines. (For example, in a replication setup, perhaps your master server supports transactional storage engines for increased safety, but the slave servers use only nontransactional storage engines for greater speed.)

This automatic substitution of the default storage engine for unavailable engines can be confusing for new MySQL users. A warning is generated whenever a storage engine is automatically changed. To prevent this from happening if the desired engine is unavailable, enable the NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION SQL mode. In this case, an error occurs instead of a warning and the table is not created or altered if the desired engine is unavailable. See Section 5.1.7, “Server SQL Modes”.

For new tables, MySQL always creates an .frm file to hold the table and column definitions. The table's index and data may be stored in one or more other files, depending on the storage engine. The server creates the .frm file above the storage engine level. Individual storage engines create any additional files required for the tables that they manage. If a table name contains special characters, the names for the table files contain encoded versions of those characters as described in Section 9.2.3, “Mapping of Identifiers to File Names”.

A database may contain tables of different types. That is, tables need not all be created with the same storage engine.

14.4. Overview of MySQL Storage Engine Architecture

The MySQL pluggable storage engine architecture enables a database professional to select a specialized storage engine for a particular application need while being completely shielded from the need to manage any specific application coding requirements. The MySQL server architecture isolates the application programmer and DBA from all of the low-level implementation details at the storage level, providing a consistent and easy application model and API. Thus, although there are different capabilities across different storage engines, the application is shielded from these differences.

The pluggable storage engine architecture provides a standard set of management and support services that are common among all underlying storage engines. The storage engines themselves are the components of the database server that actually perform actions on the underlying data that is maintained at the physical server level.

This efficient and modular architecture provides huge benefits for those wishing to specifically target a particular application need—such as data warehousing, transaction processing, or high availability situations—while enjoying the advantage of utilizing a set of interfaces and services that are independent of any one storage engine.

The application programmer and DBA interact with the MySQL database through Connector APIs and service layers that are above the storage engines. If application changes bring about requirements that demand the underlying storage engine change, or that one or more storage engines be added to support new needs, no significant coding or process changes are required to make things work. The MySQL server architecture shields the application from the underlying complexity of the storage engine by presenting a consistent and easy-to-use API that applies across storage engines.

14.4.1. Pluggable Storage Engine Architecture

As of MySQL 5.1, MySQL Server uses a pluggable storage engine architecture that enables storage engines to be loaded into and unloaded from a running MySQL server.

Note

Prior to MySQL 5.1.38, the pluggable storage engine architecture is supported on Unix platforms only and pluggable storage engines are not supported on Windows.

Plugging in a Storage Engine

Before a storage engine can be used, the storage engine plugin shared library must be loaded into MySQL using the INSTALL PLUGIN statement. For example, if the EXAMPLE engine plugin is named example and the shared library is named ha_example.so, you load it with the following statement:

mysql> INSTALL PLUGIN example SONAME 'ha_example.so';

To install a pluggable storage engine, the plugin file must be located in the MySQL plugin directory, and the user issuing the INSTALL PLUGIN statement must have INSERT privilege for the mysql.plugin table.

The shared library must be located in the MySQL server plugin directory, the location of which is given by the plugin_dir system variable.

Unplugging a Storage Engine

To unplug a storage engine, use the UNINSTALL PLUGIN statement:

mysql> UNINSTALL PLUGIN example;

If you unplug a storage engine that is needed by existing tables, those tables become inaccessible, but will still be present on disk (where applicable). Ensure that there are no tables using a storage engine before you unplug the storage engine.

14.4.2. The Common Database Server Layer

A MySQL pluggable storage engine is the component in the MySQL database server that is responsible for performing the actual data I/O operations for a database as well as enabling and enforcing certain feature sets that target a specific application need. A major benefit of using specific storage engines is that you are only delivered the features needed for a particular application, and therefore you have less system overhead in the database, with the end result being more efficient and higher database performance. This is one of the reasons that MySQL has always been known to have such high performance, matching or beating proprietary monolithic databases in industry standard benchmarks.

From a technical perspective, what are some of the unique supporting infrastructure components that are in a storage engine? Some of the key feature differentiations include:

  • Concurrency: Some applications have more granular lock requirements (such as row-level locks) than others. Choosing the right locking strategy can reduce overhead and therefore improve overall performance. This area also includes support for capabilities such as multi-version concurrency control or snapshot read.

  • Transaction Support: Not every application needs transactions, but for those that do, there are very well defined requirements such as ACID compliance and more.

  • Referential Integrity: The need to have the server enforce relational database referential integrity through DDL defined foreign keys.

  • Physical Storage: This involves everything from the overall page size for tables and indexes as well as the format used for storing data to physical disk.

  • Index Support: Different application scenarios tend to benefit from different index strategies. Each storage engine generally has its own indexing methods, although some (such as B-tree indexes) are common to nearly all engines.

  • Memory Caches: Different applications respond better to some memory caching strategies than others, so although some memory caches are common to all storage engines (such as those used for user connections or MySQL's high-speed Query Cache), others are uniquely defined only when a particular storage engine is put in play.

  • Performance Aids: This includes multiple I/O threads for parallel operations, thread concurrency, database checkpointing, bulk insert handling, and more.

  • Miscellaneous Target Features: This may include support for geospatial operations, security restrictions for certain data manipulation operations, and other similar features.

Each set of the pluggable storage engine infrastructure components are designed to offer a selective set of benefits for a particular application. Conversely, avoiding a set of component features helps reduce unnecessary overhead. It stands to reason that understanding a particular application's set of requirements and selecting the proper MySQL storage engine can have a dramatic impact on overall system efficiency and performance.

14.5. The MyISAM Storage Engine

MyISAM is the default storage engine. It is based on the older (and no longer available) ISAM storage engine but has many useful extensions.

Table 14.2. MyISAM Storage Engine Features

Storage limits256TBTransactionsNoLocking granularityTable
MVCCNoGeospatial data type supportYesGeospatial indexing supportYes
B-tree indexesYesT-tree indexesNoHash indexesNo
Full-text search indexesYesClustered indexesNoData cachesNo
Index cachesYesCompressed dataYes[a]Encrypted data[b]Yes
Cluster database supportNoReplication support[c]YesForeign key supportNo
Backup / point-in-time recovery[d]YesQuery cache supportYesUpdate statistics for data dictionaryYes

[a] Compressed MyISAM tables are supported only when using the compressed row format. Tables using the compressed row format with MyISAM are read only.

[b] Implemented in the server (via encryption functions), rather than in the storage engine.

[c] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.

[d] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.


Each MyISAM table is stored on disk in three files. The files have names that begin with the table name and have an extension to indicate the file type. An .frm file stores the table format. The data file has an .MYD (MYData) extension. The index file has an .MYI (MYIndex) extension.

To specify explicitly that you want a MyISAM table, indicate that with an ENGINE table option:

CREATE TABLE t (i INT) ENGINE = MYISAM;

Normally, it is unnecessary to use ENGINE to specify the MyISAM storage engine. MyISAM is the default engine unless the default has been changed. To ensure that MyISAM is used in situations where the default might have been changed, include the ENGINE option explicitly.

You can check or repair MyISAM tables with the mysqlcheck client or myisamchk utility. You can also compress MyISAM tables with myisampack to take up much less space. See Section 4.5.3, “mysqlcheck — A Table Maintenance Program”, Section 4.6.3, “myisamchk — MyISAM Table-Maintenance Utility”, and Section 4.6.5, “myisampack — Generate Compressed, Read-Only MyISAM Tables”.

MyISAM tables have the following characteristics:

  • All data values are stored with the low byte first. This makes the data machine and operating system independent. The only requirements for binary portability are that the machine uses two's-complement signed integers and IEEE floating-point format. These requirements are widely used among mainstream machines. Binary compatibility might not be applicable to embedded systems, which sometimes have peculiar processors.

    There is no significant speed penalty for storing data low byte first; the bytes in a table row normally are unaligned and it takes little more processing to read an unaligned byte in order than in reverse order. Also, the code in the server that fetches column values is not time critical compared to other code.

  • All numeric key values are stored with the high byte first to permit better index compression.

  • Large files (up to 63-bit file length) are supported on file systems and operating systems that support large files.

  • There is a limit of 232 (~4.295E+09) rows in a MyISAM table. If you build MySQL with the --with-big-tables option, the row limitation is increased to (232)2 (1.844E+19) rows. See Section 2.11.4, “MySQL Source-Configuration Options”. Binary distributions for Unix and Linux are built with this option.

  • The maximum number of indexes per MyISAM table is 64. This can be changed by recompiling. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.4, you can configure the build by invoking configure with the --with-max-indexes=N option, where N is the maximum number of indexes to permit per MyISAM table. N must be less than or equal to 128. Before MySQL 5.1.4, you must change the source.

    The maximum number of columns per index is 16.

  • The maximum key length is 1000 bytes. This can also be changed by changing the source and recompiling. For the case of a key longer than 250 bytes, a larger key block size than the default of 1024 bytes is used.

  • When rows are inserted in sorted order (as when you are using an AUTO_INCREMENT column), the index tree is split so that the high node only contains one key. This improves space utilization in the index tree.

  • Internal handling of one AUTO_INCREMENT column per table is supported. MyISAM automatically updates this column for INSERT and UPDATE operations. This makes AUTO_INCREMENT columns faster (at least 10%). Values at the top of the sequence are not reused after being deleted. (When an AUTO_INCREMENT column is defined as the last column of a multiple-column index, reuse of values deleted from the top of a sequence does occur.) The AUTO_INCREMENT value can be reset with ALTER TABLE or myisamchk.

  • Dynamic-sized rows are much less fragmented when mixing deletes with updates and inserts. This is done by automatically combining adjacent deleted blocks and by extending blocks if the next block is deleted.

  • MyISAM supports concurrent inserts: If a table has no free blocks in the middle of the data file, you can INSERT new rows into it at the same time that other threads are reading from the table. A free block can occur as a result of deleting rows or an update of a dynamic length row with more data than its current contents. When all free blocks are used up (filled in), future inserts become concurrent again. See Section 8.7.3, “Concurrent Inserts”.

  • You can put the data file and index file in different directories on different physical devices to get more speed with the DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY table options to CREATE TABLE. See Section 13.1.17, “CREATE TABLE Syntax”.

  • BLOB and TEXT columns can be indexed.

  • NULL values are permitted in indexed columns. This takes 0 to 1 bytes per key.

  • Each character column can have a different character set. See Section 10.1, “Character Set Support”.

  • There is a flag in the MyISAM index file that indicates whether the table was closed correctly. If mysqld is started with the --myisam-recover option, MyISAM tables are automatically checked when opened, and are repaired if the table wasn't closed properly.

  • myisamchk marks tables as checked if you run it with the --update-state option. myisamchk --fast checks only those tables that don't have this mark.

  • myisamchk --analyze stores statistics for portions of keys, as well as for entire keys.

  • myisampack can pack BLOB and VARCHAR columns.

MyISAM also supports the following features:

  • Support for a true VARCHAR type; a VARCHAR column starts with a length stored in one or two bytes.

  • Tables with VARCHAR columns may have fixed or dynamic row length.

  • The sum of the lengths of the VARCHAR and CHAR columns in a table may be up to 64KB.

  • Arbitrary length UNIQUE constraints.

Additional Resources

14.5.1. MyISAM Startup Options

The following options to mysqld can be used to change the behavior of MyISAM tables. For additional information, see Section 5.1.3, “Server Command Options”.

Table 14.3. MyISAM Option/Variable Reference

NameCmd-LineOption fileSystem VarStatus VarVar ScopeDynamic
bulk_insert_buffer_sizeYesYesYes BothYes
concurrent_insertYesYesYes GlobalYes
delay-key-writeYesYes  GlobalYes
- Variable: delay_key_write  Yes GlobalYes
have_rtree_keys  Yes GlobalNo
key_buffer_sizeYesYesYes GlobalYes
log-isamYesYes    
myisam-block-sizeYesYes    
myisam_data_pointer_sizeYesYesYes GlobalYes
myisam_max_sort_file_sizeYesYesYes GlobalYes
myisam_mmap_sizeYesYesYes GlobalNo
myisam-recoverYesYes    
- Variable: myisam_recover_options      
myisam_recover_options  Yes GlobalNo
myisam_repair_threadsYesYesYes BothYes
myisam_sort_buffer_sizeYesYesYes BothYes
myisam_stats_methodYesYesYes BothYes
myisam_use_mmapYesYesYes GlobalYes
skip-concurrent-insertYesYes    
- Variable: concurrent_insert      
tmp_table_sizeYesYesYes BothYes

  • --myisam-recover=mode

    Set the mode for automatic recovery of crashed MyISAM tables.

  • --delay-key-write=ALL

    Don't flush key buffers between writes for any MyISAM table.

    Note

    If you do this, you should not access MyISAM tables from another program (such as from another MySQL server or with myisamchk) when the tables are in use. Doing so risks index corruption. Using --external-locking does not eliminate this risk.

The following system variables affect the behavior of MyISAM tables. For additional information, see Section 5.1.4, “Server System Variables”.

Automatic recovery is activated if you start mysqld with the --myisam-recover option. In this case, when the server opens a MyISAM table, it checks whether the table is marked as crashed or whether the open count variable for the table is not 0 and you are running the server with external locking disabled. If either of these conditions is true, the following happens:

  • The server checks the table for errors.

  • If the server finds an error, it tries to do a fast table repair (with sorting and without re-creating the data file).

  • If the repair fails because of an error in the data file (for example, a duplicate-key error), the server tries again, this time re-creating the data file.

  • If the repair still fails, the server tries once more with the old repair option method (write row by row without sorting). This method should be able to repair any type of error and has low disk space requirements.

If the recovery wouldn't be able to recover all rows from previously completed statements and you didn't specify FORCE in the value of the --myisam-recover option, automatic repair aborts with an error message in the error log:

Error: Couldn't repair table: test.g00pages

If you specify FORCE, a warning like this is written instead:

Warning: Found 344 of 354 rows when repairing ./test/g00pages

Note that if the automatic recovery value includes BACKUP, the recovery process creates files with names of the form tbl_name-datetime.BAK. You should have a cron script that automatically moves these files from the database directories to backup media.

14.5.2. Space Needed for Keys

MyISAM tables use B-tree indexes. You can roughly calculate the size for the index file as (key_length+4)/0.67, summed over all keys. This is for the worst case when all keys are inserted in sorted order and the table doesn't have any compressed keys.

String indexes are space compressed. If the first index part is a string, it is also prefix compressed. Space compression makes the index file smaller than the worst-case figure if a string column has a lot of trailing space or is a VARCHAR column that is not always used to the full length. Prefix compression is used on keys that start with a string. Prefix compression helps if there are many strings with an identical prefix.

In MyISAM tables, you can also prefix compress numbers by specifying the PACK_KEYS=1 table option when you create the table. Numbers are stored with the high byte first, so this helps when you have many integer keys that have an identical prefix.

14.5.3. MyISAM Table Storage Formats

MyISAM supports three different storage formats. Two of them, fixed and dynamic format, are chosen automatically depending on the type of columns you are using. The third, compressed format, can be created only with the myisampack utility (see Section 4.6.5, “myisampack — Generate Compressed, Read-Only MyISAM Tables”).

When you use CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE for a table that has no BLOB or TEXT columns, you can force the table format to FIXED or DYNAMIC with the ROW_FORMAT table option.

See Section 13.1.17, “CREATE TABLE Syntax”, for information about ROW_FORMAT.

You can decompress (unpack) compressed MyISAM tables using myisamchk --unpack; see Section 4.6.3, “myisamchk — MyISAM Table-Maintenance Utility”, for more information.

14.5.3.1. Static (Fixed-Length) Table Characteristics

Static format is the default for MyISAM tables. It is used when the table contains no variable-length columns (VARCHAR, VARBINARY, BLOB, or TEXT). Each row is stored using a fixed number of bytes.

Of the three MyISAM storage formats, static format is the simplest and most secure (least subject to corruption). It is also the fastest of the on-disk formats due to the ease with which rows in the data file can be found on disk: To look up a row based on a row number in the index, multiply the row number by the row length to calculate the row position. Also, when scanning a table, it is very easy to read a constant number of rows with each disk read operation.

The security is evidenced if your computer crashes while the MySQL server is writing to a fixed-format MyISAM file. In this case, myisamchk can easily determine where each row starts and ends, so it can usually reclaim all rows except the partially written one. Note that MyISAM table indexes can always be reconstructed based on the data rows.

Note

Fixed-length row format is only available for tables without BLOB or TEXT columns. Creating a table with these columns with an explicit ROW_FORMAT clause will not raise an error or warning; the format specification will be ignored.

Static-format tables have these characteristics:

  • CHAR and VARCHAR columns are space-padded to the specified column width, although the column type is not altered. BINARY and VARBINARY columns are padded with 0x00 bytes to the column width.

  • Very quick.

  • Easy to cache.

  • Easy to reconstruct after a crash, because rows are located in fixed positions.

  • Reorganization is unnecessary unless you delete a huge number of rows and want to return free disk space to the operating system. To do this, use OPTIMIZE TABLE or myisamchk -r.

  • Usually require more disk space than dynamic-format tables.

14.5.3.2. Dynamic Table Characteristics

Dynamic storage format is used if a MyISAM table contains any variable-length columns (VARCHAR, VARBINARY, BLOB, or TEXT), or if the table was created with the ROW_FORMAT=DYNAMIC table option.

Dynamic format is a little more complex than static format because each row has a header that indicates how long it is. A row can become fragmented (stored in noncontiguous pieces) when it is made longer as a result of an update.

You can use OPTIMIZE TABLE or myisamchk -r to defragment a table. If you have fixed-length columns that you access or change frequently in a table that also contains some variable-length columns, it might be a good idea to move the variable-length columns to other tables just to avoid fragmentation.

Dynamic-format tables have these characteristics:

  • All string columns are dynamic except those with a length less than four.

  • Each row is preceded by a bitmap that indicates which columns contain the empty string (for string columns) or zero (for numeric columns). Note that this does not include columns that contain NULL values. If a string column has a length of zero after trailing space removal, or a numeric column has a value of zero, it is marked in the bitmap and not saved to disk. Nonempty strings are saved as a length byte plus the string contents.

  • Much less disk space usually is required than for fixed-length tables.

  • Each row uses only as much space as is required. However, if a row becomes larger, it is split into as many pieces as are required, resulting in row fragmentation. For example, if you update a row with information that extends the row length, the row becomes fragmented. In this case, you may have to run OPTIMIZE TABLE or myisamchk -r from time to time to improve performance. Use myisamchk -ei to obtain table statistics.

  • More difficult than static-format tables to reconstruct after a crash, because rows may be fragmented into many pieces and links (fragments) may be missing.

  • The expected row length for dynamic-sized rows is calculated using the following expression:

    3
    + (number of columns + 7) / 8
    + (number of char columns)
    + (packed size of numeric columns)
    + (length of strings)
    + (number of NULL columns + 7) / 8
    

    There is a penalty of 6 bytes for each link. A dynamic row is linked whenever an update causes an enlargement of the row. Each new link is at least 20 bytes, so the next enlargement probably goes in the same link. If not, another link is created. You can find the number of links using myisamchk -ed. All links may be removed with OPTIMIZE TABLE or myisamchk -r.

14.5.3.3. Compressed Table Characteristics

Compressed storage format is a read-only format that is generated with the myisampack tool. Compressed tables can be uncompressed with myisamchk.

Compressed tables have the following characteristics:

  • Compressed tables take very little disk space. This minimizes disk usage, which is helpful when using slow disks (such as CD-ROMs).

  • Each row is compressed separately, so there is very little access overhead. The header for a row takes up one to three bytes depending on the biggest row in the table. Each column is compressed differently. There is usually a different Huffman tree for each column. Some of the compression types are:

    • Suffix space compression.

    • Prefix space compression.

    • Numbers with a value of zero are stored using one bit.

    • If values in an integer column have a small range, the column is stored using the smallest possible type. For example, a BIGINT column (eight bytes) can be stored as a TINYINT column (one byte) if all its values are in the range from -128 to 127.

    • If a column has only a small set of possible values, the data type is converted to ENUM.

    • A column may use any combination of the preceding compression types.

  • Can be used for fixed-length or dynamic-length rows.

Note

While a compressed table is read only, and you cannot therefore update or add rows in the table, DDL (Data Definition Language) operations are still valid. For example, you may still use DROP to drop the table, and TRUNCATE TABLE to empty the table.

14.5.4. MyISAM Table Problems

The file format that MySQL uses to store data has been extensively tested, but there are always circumstances that may cause database tables to become corrupted. The following discussion describes how this can happen and how to handle it.

14.5.4.1. Corrupted MyISAM Tables

Even though the MyISAM table format is very reliable (all changes to a table made by an SQL statement are written before the statement returns), you can still get corrupted tables if any of the following events occur:

  • The mysqld process is killed in the middle of a write.

  • An unexpected computer shutdown occurs (for example, the computer is turned off).

  • Hardware failures.

  • You are using an external program (such as myisamchk) to modify a table that is being modified by the server at the same time.

  • A software bug in the MySQL or MyISAM code.

Typical symptoms of a corrupt table are:

  • You get the following error while selecting data from the table:

    Incorrect key file for table: '...'. Try to repair it
  • Queries don't find rows in the table or return incomplete results.

You can check the health of a MyISAM table using the CHECK TABLE statement, and repair a corrupted MyISAM table with REPAIR TABLE. When mysqld is not running, you can also check or repair a table with the myisamchk command. See Section 13.7.2.3, “CHECK TABLE Syntax”, Section 13.7.2.6, “REPAIR TABLE Syntax”, and Section 4.6.3, “myisamchk — MyISAM Table-Maintenance Utility”.

If your tables become corrupted frequently, you should try to determine why this is happening. The most important thing to know is whether the table became corrupted as a result of a server crash. You can verify this easily by looking for a recent restarted mysqld message in the error log. If there is such a message, it is likely that table corruption is a result of the server dying. Otherwise, corruption may have occurred during normal operation. This is a bug. You should try to create a reproducible test case that demonstrates the problem. See Section C.5.4.2, “What to Do If MySQL Keeps Crashing”, and MySQL Internals: Porting to Other Systems.

14.5.4.2. Problems from Tables Not Being Closed Properly

Each MyISAM index file (.MYI file) has a counter in the header that can be used to check whether a table has been closed properly. If you get the following warning from CHECK TABLE or myisamchk, it means that this counter has gone out of sync:

clients are using or haven't closed the table properly

This warning doesn't necessarily mean that the table is corrupted, but you should at least check the table.

The counter works as follows:

  • The first time a table is updated in MySQL, a counter in the header of the index files is incremented.

  • The counter is not changed during further updates.

  • When the last instance of a table is closed (because a FLUSH TABLES operation was performed or because there is no room in the table cache), the counter is decremented if the table has been updated at any point.

  • When you repair the table or check the table and it is found to be okay, the counter is reset to zero.

  • To avoid problems with interaction with other processes that might check the table, the counter is not decremented on close if it was zero.

In other words, the counter can become incorrect only under these conditions:

14.6. The InnoDB Storage Engine

InnoDB is a transaction-safe (ACID compliant) storage engine for MySQL that has commit, rollback, and crash-recovery capabilities to protect user data. InnoDB row-level locking (without escalation to coarser granularity locks) and Oracle-style consistent nonlocking reads increase multi-user concurrency and performance. InnoDB stores user data in clustered indexes to reduce I/O for common queries based on primary keys. To maintain data integrity, InnoDB also supports FOREIGN KEY referential-integrity constraints. You can freely mix InnoDB tables with tables from other MySQL storage engines, even within the same statement.

To determine whether your server supports InnoDB use the SHOW ENGINES statement. See Section 13.7.5.17, “SHOW ENGINES Syntax”.

Table 14.4. InnoDB Storage Engine Features

Storage limits64TBTransactionsYesLocking granularityRow
MVCCYesGeospatial data type supportYesGeospatial indexing supportNo
B-tree indexesYesT-tree indexesNoHash indexesNo[a]
Full-text search indexesYes[b]Clustered indexesYesData cachesYes
Index cachesYesCompressed dataYes[c]Encrypted data[d]Yes
Cluster database supportNoReplication support[e]YesForeign key supportYes
Backup / point-in-time recovery[f]YesQuery cache supportYesUpdate statistics for data dictionaryYes

[a] InnoDB utilizes hash indexes internally for its Adaptive Hash Index feature.

[b] InnoDB support for FULLTEXT indexes is available in MySQL 5.6.4 and higher.

[c] Compressed InnoDB tables require the InnoDB Barracuda file format.

[d] Implemented in the server (via encryption functions), rather than in the storage engine.

[e] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.

[f] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.


InnoDB has been designed for maximum performance when processing large data volumes. Its CPU efficiency is probably not matched by any other disk-based relational database engine.

The InnoDB storage engine maintains its own buffer pool for caching data and indexes in main memory. InnoDB stores its tables and indexes in a tablespace, which may consist of several files (or raw disk partitions). This is different from, for example, MyISAM tables where each table is stored using separate files. InnoDB tables can be very large even on operating systems where file size is limited to 2GB.

The Windows Essentials installer makes InnoDB the MySQL default storage engine on Windows, if the server being installed supports InnoDB.

InnoDB is used in production at numerous large database sites requiring high performance. The famous Internet news site Slashdot.org runs on InnoDB. Mytrix, Inc. stores more than 1TB of data in InnoDB, and another site handles an average load of 800 inserts/updates per second in InnoDB.

InnoDB is published under the same GNU GPL License Version 2 (of June 1991) as MySQL. For more information on MySQL licensing, see http://www.mysql.com/company/legal/licensing/.

Additional Resources

  • A forum dedicated to the InnoDB storage engine is available at http://forums.mysql.com/list.php?22.

  • At the 2008 MySQL User Conference, Innobase announced availability of an InnoDB Plugin for MySQL. This plugin for MySQL exploits the pluggable storage engine architecture of MySQL, to permit users to replace the built-in version of InnoDB in MySQL 5.1.

    As of MySQL 5.1.38, the InnoDB Plugin is included in MySQL 5.1 releases, in addition to the built-in version of InnoDB that has been included in previous releases. MySQL 5.1.42 through 5.1.45 include InnoDB Plugin 1.0.6, which is considered of Release Candidate (RC) quality. MySQL 5.1.46 and up include InnoDB Plugin 1.0.7 or higher, which is considered of General Availability (GA) quality.

    Prior to MySQL Cluster NDB 7.1.11, MySQL Cluster was not compatible with the InnoDB Plugin.

    The InnoDB Plugin offers new features, improved performance and scalability, enhanced reliability and new capabilities for flexibility and ease of use. Among the features of the InnoDB Plugin are Fast index creation, table and index compression, file format management, new INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables, capacity tuning, multiple background I/O threads, and group commit.

    For information about these features, see InnoDB Plugin 1.0 for MySQL 5.1 User’s Guide.

    The InnoDB Plugin is included in source and binary distributions, except RHEL3, RHEL4, SuSE 9 (x86, x86_64, ia64), and generic Linux RPM packages.

    For instructions on replacing the built-in version of InnoDB with InnoDB Plugin, see Section 14.6.1.1, “Using InnoDB Plugin Instead of the Built-In InnoDB.

  • The MySQL Enterprise Backup product lets you back up a running MySQL database, including InnoDB and MyISAM tables, with minimal disruption to operations while producing a consistent snapshot of the database. When MySQL Enterprise Backup is copying InnoDB tables, reads and writes to both InnoDB and MyISAM tables can continue. During the copying of MyISAM and other non-InnoDB tables, reads (but not writes) to those tables are permitted. In addition, MySQL Enterprise Backup can create compressed backup files, and back up subsets of InnoDB tables. In conjunction with the MySQL binary log, you can perform point-in-time recovery. MySQL Enterprise Backup is included as part of the MySQL Enterprise subscription.

    For a more complete description of MySQL Enterprise Backup, see MySQL Enterprise Backup User's Guide (Version 3.8.1).

14.6.1. Configuring InnoDB

The first decisions to make about InnoDB configuration involve how to lay out InnoDB data files, and how much memory to allocate for the InnoDB storage engine. You record these choices either by recording them in a configuration file that MySQL reads at startup, or by specifying them as command-line options in a startup script. The full list of options, descriptions, and allowed parameter values is at Section 14.6.2, “InnoDB Startup Options and System Variables”.

Overview of InnoDB Tablespace and Log Files

Two important disk-based resources managed by the InnoDB storage engine are its tablespace data files and its log files. If you specify no InnoDB configuration options, MySQL creates an auto-extending 10MB data file named ibdata1 and two 5MB log files named ib_logfile0 and ib_logfile1 in the MySQL data directory. To get good performance, explicitly provide InnoDB parameters as discussed in the following examples. Edit the settings to suit your hardware and requirements.

The examples shown here are representative. See Section 14.6.2, “InnoDB Startup Options and System Variables” for additional information about InnoDB-related configuration parameters.

Considerations for Storage Devices

In some cases, database performance improves if the data is not all placed on the same physical disk. Putting log files on a different disk from data is very often beneficial for performance. The example illustrates how to do this. It places the two data files on different disks and places the log files on the third disk. InnoDB fills the tablespace beginning with the first data file. You can also use raw disk partitions (raw devices) as InnoDB data files, which may speed up I/O. See Section 14.6.1.3, “Using Raw Devices for the Shared Tablespace”.

Caution

InnoDB is a transaction-safe (ACID compliant) storage engine for MySQL that has commit, rollback, and crash-recovery capabilities to protect user data. However, it cannot do so if the underlying operating system or hardware does not work as advertised. Many operating systems or disk subsystems may delay or reorder write operations to improve performance. On some operating systems, the very fsync() system call that should wait until all unwritten data for a file has been flushed might actually return before the data has been flushed to stable storage. Because of this, an operating system crash or a power outage may destroy recently committed data, or in the worst case, even corrupt the database because of write operations having been reordered. If data integrity is important to you, perform some pull-the-plug tests before using anything in production. On Mac OS X 10.3 and up, InnoDB uses a special fcntl() file flush method. Under Linux, it is advisable to disable the write-back cache.

On ATA/SATA disk drives, a command such hdparm -W0 /dev/hda may work to disable the write-back cache. Beware that some drives or disk controllers may be unable to disable the write-back cache.

Caution

If reliability is a consideration for your data, do not configure InnoDB to use data files or log files on NFS volumes. Potential problems vary according to OS and version of NFS, and include such issues as lack of protection from conflicting writes, and limitations on maximum file sizes.

Specifying the Location and Size for InnoDB Tablespace Files

To set up the InnoDB tablespace files, use the innodb_data_file_path option in the [mysqld] section of the my.cnf option file. On Windows, you can use my.ini instead. The value of innodb_data_file_path should be a list of one or more data file specifications. If you name more than one data file, separate them by semicolon (;) characters:

innodb_data_file_path=datafile_spec1[;datafile_spec2]...

For example, the following setting explicitly creates a tablespace having the same characteristics as the default:

[mysqld]
innodb_data_file_path=ibdata1:10M:autoextend

This setting configures a single 10MB data file named ibdata1 that is auto-extending. No location for the file is given, so by default, InnoDB creates it in the MySQL data directory.

Sizes are specified using K, M, or G suffix letters to indicate units of KB, MB, or GB.

A tablespace containing a fixed-size 50MB data file named ibdata1 and a 50MB auto-extending file named ibdata2 in the data directory can be configured like this:

[mysqld]
innodb_data_file_path=ibdata1:50M;ibdata2:50M:autoextend

The full syntax for a data file specification includes the file name, its size, and several optional attributes:

file_name:file_size[:autoextend[:max:max_file_size]]

The autoextend and max attributes can be used only for the last data file in the innodb_data_file_path line.

If you specify the autoextend option for the last data file, InnoDB extends the data file if it runs out of free space in the tablespace. The increment is 8MB at a time by default. To modify the increment, change the innodb_autoextend_increment system variable.

If the disk becomes full, you might want to add another data file on another disk. For tablespace reconfiguration instructions, see Section 14.6.4, “Adding, Removing, or Resizing InnoDB Data and Log Files”.

InnoDB is not aware of the file system maximum file size, so be cautious on file systems where the maximum file size is a small value such as 2GB. To specify a maximum size for an auto-extending data file, use the max attribute following the autoextend attribute. Use the max attribute only in cases where constraining disk usage is of critical importance, because exceeding the maximum size causes a fatal error, possibly including a crash. The following configuration permits ibdata1 to grow up to a limit of 500MB:

[mysqld]
innodb_data_file_path=ibdata1:10M:autoextend:max:500M

InnoDB creates tablespace files in the MySQL data directory by default. To specify a location explicitly, use the innodb_data_home_dir option. For example, to use two files named ibdata1 and ibdata2 but create them in the /ibdata directory, configure InnoDB like this:

[mysqld]
innodb_data_home_dir = /ibdata
innodb_data_file_path=ibdata1:50M;ibdata2:50M:autoextend
Note

InnoDB does not create directories, so make sure that the /ibdata directory exists before you start the server. This is also true of any log file directories that you configure. Use the Unix or DOS mkdir command to create any necessary directories.

Make sure that the MySQL server has the proper access rights to create files in the data directory. More generally, the server must have access rights in any directory where it needs to create data files or log files.

InnoDB forms the directory path for each data file by textually concatenating the value of innodb_data_home_dir to the data file name, adding a path name separator (slash or backslash) between values if necessary. If the innodb_data_home_dir option is not specified in my.cnf at all, the default value is the dot directory ./, which means the MySQL data directory. (The MySQL server changes its current working directory to its data directory when it begins executing.)

If you specify innodb_data_home_dir as an empty string, you can specify absolute paths for the data files listed in the innodb_data_file_path value. The following example is equivalent to the preceding one:

[mysqld]
innodb_data_home_dir =
innodb_data_file_path=/ibdata/ibdata1:50M;/ibdata/ibdata2:50M:autoextend

Specifying InnoDB Configuration Options

Sample my.cnf file for small systems. Suppose that you have a computer with 512MB RAM and one hard disk. The following example shows possible configuration parameters in my.cnf or my.ini for InnoDB, including the autoextend attribute. The example suits most users, both on Unix and Windows, who do not want to distribute InnoDB data files and log files onto several disks. It creates an auto-extending data file ibdata1 and two InnoDB log files ib_logfile0 and ib_logfile1 in the MySQL data directory.

[mysqld]
# You can write your other MySQL server options here
# ...
# Data files must be able to hold your data and indexes.
# Make sure that you have enough free disk space.
innodb_data_file_path = ibdata1:10M:autoextend
#
# Set buffer pool size to 50-80% of your computer's memory
innodb_buffer_pool_size=256M
innodb_additional_mem_pool_size=20M
#
# Set the log file size to about 25% of the buffer pool size
innodb_log_file_size=64M
innodb_log_buffer_size=8M
#
innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit=1

Note that data files must be less than 2GB in some file systems. The combined size of the log files must be less than 4GB. The combined size of data files must be at least 10MB.

Setting Up the InnoDB System Tablespace

When you create an InnoDB tablespace for the first time, it is best that you start the MySQL server from the command prompt. InnoDB then prints the information about the database creation to the screen, so you can see what is happening. For example, on Windows, if mysqld is located in C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1\bin, you can start it like this:

C:\> "C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1\bin\mysqld" --console

If you do not send server output to the screen, check the server's error log to see what InnoDB prints during the startup process.

For an example of what the information displayed by InnoDB should look like, see Section 14.6.1.4, “Creating the InnoDB Tablespace”.

Editing the MySQL Configuration File

You can place InnoDB options in the [mysqld] group of any option file that your server reads when it starts. The locations for option files are described in Section 4.2.3.3, “Using Option Files”.

If you installed MySQL on Windows using the installation and configuration wizards, the option file will be the my.ini file located in your MySQL installation directory. See Section 2.3.5.1, “Starting the MySQL Server Instance Config Wizard”.

If your PC uses a boot loader where the C: drive is not the boot drive, your only option is to use the my.ini file in your Windows directory (typically C:\WINDOWS). You can use the SET command at the command prompt in a console window to print the value of WINDIR:

C:\> SET WINDIR
windir=C:\WINDOWS

To make sure that mysqld reads options only from a specific file, use the --defaults-file option as the first option on the command line when starting the server:

mysqld --defaults-file=your_path_to_my_cnf

Sample my.cnf file for large systems. Suppose that you have a Linux computer with 2GB RAM and three 60GB hard disks at directory paths /, /dr2 and /dr3. The following example shows possible configuration parameters in my.cnf for InnoDB.

[mysqld]
# You can write your other MySQL server options here
# ...
innodb_data_home_dir =
#
# Data files must be able to hold your data and indexes
innodb_data_file_path = /db/ibdata1:2000M;/dr2/db/ibdata2:2000M:autoextend
#
# Set buffer pool size to 50-80% of your computer's memory,
# but make sure on Linux x86 total memory usage is < 2GB
innodb_buffer_pool_size=1G
innodb_additional_mem_pool_size=20M
innodb_log_group_home_dir = /dr3/iblogs
#
# Set the log file size to about 25% of the buffer pool size
innodb_log_file_size=250M
innodb_log_buffer_size=8M
#
innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit=1
innodb_lock_wait_timeout=50
#
# Uncomment the next line if you want to use it
#innodb_thread_concurrency=5

Determining the Maximum Memory Allocation for InnoDB

Warning

On 32-bit GNU/Linux x86, be careful not to set memory usage too high. glibc may permit the process heap to grow over thread stacks, which crashes your server. It is a risk if the value of the following expression is close to or exceeds 2GB:

innodb_buffer_pool_size
+ key_buffer_size
+ max_connections*(sort_buffer_size+read_buffer_size+binlog_cache_size)
+ max_connections*2MB

Each thread uses a stack (often 2MB, but only 256KB in MySQL binaries provided by Oracle Corporation.) and in the worst case also uses sort_buffer_size + read_buffer_size additional memory.

Tuning other mysqld server parameters. The following values are typical and suit most users:

[mysqld]
skip-external-locking
max_connections=200
read_buffer_size=1M
sort_buffer_size=1M
#
# Set key_buffer to 5 - 50% of your RAM depending on how much
# you use MyISAM tables, but keep key_buffer_size + InnoDB
# buffer pool size < 80% of your RAM
key_buffer_size=value

On Linux, if the kernel is enabled for large page support, InnoDB can use large pages to allocate memory for its buffer pool and additional memory pool. See Section 8.9.7, “Enabling Large Page Support”.

Enabling the InnoDB Plugin

If you want to use InnoDB Plugin rather than the built-in version of InnoDB, to get the latest performance improvements and new features such as table compression and fast index creation, see Section 14.6.1.1, “Using InnoDB Plugin Instead of the Built-In InnoDB.

Turning Off InnoDB

If you do not want to use InnoDB tables, start the server with the --innodb=OFF or --skip-innodb option to disable the InnoDB storage engine. In this case, the server will not start if the default storage engine is set to InnoDB. Use --default-storage-engine to set the default to some other engine if necessary.

14.6.1.1. Using InnoDB Plugin Instead of the Built-In InnoDB

To use InnoDB Plugin in MySQL 5.1, you must disable the built-in version of InnoDB that is also included and instruct the server to use InnoDB Plugin instead. To accomplish this, use the following lines in your my.cnf file:

[mysqld]
ignore-builtin-innodb
plugin-load=innodb=ha_innodb_plugin.so

For the plugin-load option, innodb is the name to associate with the plugin and ha_innodb_plugin.so is the name of the shared object library that contains the plugin code. The extension of .so applies for Unix (and similar) systems. For HP-UX on HPPA (11.11) or Windows, the extension should be .sl or .dll, respectively, rather than .so.

If the server has problems finding the plugin when it starts up, specify the pathname to the plugin directory. For example, if plugins are located in the lib/mysql/plugin directory under the MySQL installation directory and you have installed MySQL at /usr/local/mysql, use these lines in your my.cnf file:

[mysqld]
ignore-builtin-innodb
plugin-load=innodb=ha_innodb_plugin.so
plugin_dir=/usr/local/mysql/lib/mysql/plugin

The previous examples show how to activate the storage engine part of InnoDB Plugin, but the plugin also implements several InnoDB-related INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables. (For information about these tables, see InnoDB INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables.) To enable these tables, include additional name=library pairs in the value of the plugin-load option:

[mysqld]
ignore-builtin-innodb
plugin-load=innodb=ha_innodb_plugin.so
  ;innodb_trx=ha_innodb_plugin.so
  ;innodb_locks=ha_innodb_plugin.so
  ;innodb_lock_waits=ha_innodb_plugin.so
  ;innodb_cmp=ha_innodb_plugin.so
  ;innodb_cmp_reset=ha_innodb_plugin.so
  ;innodb_cmpmem=ha_innodb_plugin.so
  ;innodb_cmpmem_reset=ha_innodb_plugin.so

The plugin-load option value as shown here is formatted on multiple lines for display purposes but should be written in my.cnf using a single line without spaces in the option value. On Windows, substitute .dll for each instance of the .so extension.

After the server starts, verify that InnoDB Plugin has been loaded by using the SHOW PLUGINS statement. For example, if you have loaded the storage engine and the INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables, the output should include lines similar to these:

mysql> SHOW PLUGINS;
+---------------------+--------+--------------------+...
| Name                | Status | Type               |...
+---------------------+--------+--------------------+...
...
| InnoDB              | ACTIVE | STORAGE ENGINE     |...
| INNODB_TRX          | ACTIVE | INFORMATION SCHEMA |...
| INNODB_LOCKS        | ACTIVE | INFORMATION SCHEMA |...
| INNODB_LOCK_WAITS   | ACTIVE | INFORMATION SCHEMA |...
| INNODB_CMP          | ACTIVE | INFORMATION SCHEMA |...
| INNODB_CMP_RESET    | ACTIVE | INFORMATION SCHEMA |...
| INNODB_CMPMEM       | ACTIVE | INFORMATION SCHEMA |...
| INNODB_CMPMEM_RESET | ACTIVE | INFORMATION SCHEMA |...
+---------------------+--------+--------------------+...

An alternative to using the plugin-load option at server startup is to use the INSTALL PLUGIN statement at runtime. First start the server with the ignore-builtin-innodb option to disable the built-in version of InnoDB:

[mysqld]
ignore-builtin-innodb

Then issue an INSTALL PLUGIN statement for each plugin that you want to load:

mysql> INSTALL PLUGIN InnoDB SONAME 'ha_innodb_plugin.so';
mysql> INSTALL PLUGIN INNODB_TRX SONAME 'ha_innodb_plugin.so';
mysql> INSTALL PLUGIN INNODB_LOCKS SONAME 'ha_innodb_plugin.so';
...

INSTALL PLUGIN need be issued only once for each plugin. Installed plugins will be loaded automatically on subsequent server restarts.

If you build MySQL from a source distribution, InnoDB Plugin is one of the storage engines that is built by default. Build MySQL the way you normally do; for example, by using the instructions at Section 2.11, “Installing MySQL from Source”. After the build completes, you should find the plugin shared object file under the storage/innodb_plugin directory, and make install should install it in the plugin directory. Configure MySQL to use InnoDB Plugin as described earlier for binary distributions.

If you use gcc, InnoDB Plugin cannot be compiled with gcc 3.x; you must use gcc 4.x instead.

Note

In MySQL 5.5, the InnoDB Plugin is also included, but it becomes the built-in version of InnoDB in MySQL Server, replacing the version previously included as the built-in InnoDB engine. This means that if you use InnoDB Plugin in MySQL 5.1 using the instructions just given, you will need to remove ignore-builtin-innodb and plugin-load from your startup options after an upgrade to MySQL 5.5 or the server will fail to start.

14.6.1.2. Using Per-Table Tablespaces

You can store each InnoDB table and its indexes in its own file. This feature is called multiple tablespaces because in effect each table has its own tablespace.

Using multiple tablespaces can be beneficial to users who want to move specific tables to separate physical disks or who wish to restore backups of single tables quickly without interrupting the use of other InnoDB tables.

To enable multiple tablespaces, start the server with the --innodb_file_per_table option. For example, add a line to the [mysqld] section of my.cnf:

[mysqld]
innodb_file_per_table

With multiple tablespaces enabled, InnoDB stores each newly created table into its own tbl_name.ibd file in the database directory where the table belongs. This is similar to what the MyISAM storage engine does, but MyISAM divides the table into a tbl_name.MYD data file and an tbl_name.MYI index file. For InnoDB, the data and the indexes are stored together in the .ibd file. The tbl_name.frm file is still created as usual.

You cannot freely move .ibd files between database directories as you can with MyISAM table files. This is because the table definition that is stored in the InnoDB shared tablespace includes the database name, and because InnoDB must preserve the consistency of transaction IDs and log sequence numbers.

If you remove the innodb_file_per_table line from my.cnf and restart the server, InnoDB creates tables inside the shared tablespace files again.

The --innodb_file_per_table option affects only table creation, not access to existing tables. If you start the server with this option, new tables are created using .ibd files, but you can still access tables that exist in the shared tablespace. If you start the server without this option, new tables are created in the shared tablespace, but you can still access any tables that were created using multiple tablespaces.

Note

InnoDB always needs the shared tablespace because it puts its internal data dictionary and undo logs there. The .ibd files are not sufficient for InnoDB to operate.

To move an .ibd file and the associated table from one database to another, use a RENAME TABLE statement:

RENAME TABLE db1.tbl_name TO db2.tbl_name;

If you have a clean backup of an .ibd file, you can restore it to the MySQL installation from which it originated as follows:

  1. Issue this ALTER TABLE statement to delete the current .ibd file:

    ALTER TABLE tbl_name DISCARD TABLESPACE;
    
  2. Copy the backup .ibd file to the proper database directory.

  3. Issue this ALTER TABLE statement to tell InnoDB to use the new .ibd file for the table:

    ALTER TABLE tbl_name IMPORT TABLESPACE;
    

In this context, a clean .ibd file backup is one for which the following requirements are satisfied:

  • There are no uncommitted modifications by transactions in the .ibd file.

  • There are no unmerged insert buffer entries in the .ibd file.

  • Purge has removed all delete-marked index records from the .ibd file.

  • mysqld has flushed all modified pages of the .ibd file from the buffer pool to the file.

You can make a clean backup .ibd file using the following method:

  1. Stop all activity from the mysqld server and commit all transactions.

  2. Wait until SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS shows that there are no active transactions in the database, and the main thread status of InnoDB is Waiting for server activity. Then you can make a copy of the .ibd file.

Another method for making a clean copy of an .ibd file is to use the commercial InnoDB Hot Backup tool:

  1. Use InnoDB Hot Backup to back up the InnoDB installation.

  2. Start a second mysqld server on the backup and let it clean up the .ibd files in the backup.

14.6.1.3. Using Raw Devices for the Shared Tablespace

You can use raw disk partitions as data files in the shared tablespace. By using a raw disk, you can perform nonbuffered I/O on Windows and on some Unix systems without file system overhead. This may improve performance, but you are advised to perform tests with and without raw partitions to verify whether this is actually so on your system.

When you create a new data file, put the keyword newraw immediately after the data file size in innodb_data_file_path. The partition must be at least as large as the size that you specify. Note that 1MB in InnoDB is 1024 × 1024 bytes, whereas 1MB in disk specifications usually means 1,000,000 bytes.

[mysqld]
innodb_data_home_dir=
innodb_data_file_path=/dev/hdd1:3Gnewraw;/dev/hdd2:2Gnewraw

The next time you start the server, InnoDB notices the newraw keyword and initializes the new partition. However, do not create or change any InnoDB tables yet. Otherwise, when you next restart the server, InnoDB reinitializes the partition and your changes are lost. (As a safety measure InnoDB prevents users from modifying data when any partition with newraw is specified.)

After InnoDB has initialized the new partition, stop the server, change newraw in the data file specification to raw:

[mysqld]
innodb_data_home_dir=
innodb_data_file_path=/dev/hdd1:3Graw;/dev/hdd2:2Graw

Then restart the server and InnoDB permits changes to be made.

On Windows, you can allocate a disk partition as a data file like this:

[mysqld]
innodb_data_home_dir=
innodb_data_file_path=//./D::10Gnewraw

The //./ corresponds to the Windows syntax of \\.\ for accessing physical drives.

When you use a raw disk partition, be sure that it has permissions that enable read and write access by the account used for running the MySQL server. For example, if you run the server as the mysql user, the partition must permit read and write access to mysql. If you run the server with the --memlock option, the server must be run as root, so the partition must permit access to root.

14.6.1.4. Creating the InnoDB Tablespace

Suppose that you have installed MySQL and have edited your option file so that it contains the necessary InnoDB configuration parameters. Before starting MySQL, verify that the directories you have specified for InnoDB data files and log files exist and that the MySQL server has access rights to those directories. InnoDB does not create directories, only files. Check also that you have enough disk space for the data and log files.

It is best to run the MySQL server mysqld from the command prompt when you first start the server with InnoDB enabled, not from mysqld_safe or as a Windows service. When you run from a command prompt you see what mysqld prints and what is happening. On Unix, just invoke mysqld. On Windows, start mysqld with the --console option to direct the output to the console window.

When you start the MySQL server after initially configuring InnoDB in your option file, InnoDB creates your data files and log files, and prints something like this:

InnoDB: The first specified datafile /home/heikki/data/ibdata1
did not exist:
InnoDB: a new database to be created!
InnoDB: Setting file /home/heikki/data/ibdata1 size to 134217728
InnoDB: Database physically writes the file full: wait...
InnoDB: datafile /home/heikki/data/ibdata2 did not exist:
new to be created
InnoDB: Setting file /home/heikki/data/ibdata2 size to 262144000
InnoDB: Database physically writes the file full: wait...
InnoDB: Log file /home/heikki/data/logs/ib_logfile0 did not exist:
new to be created
InnoDB: Setting log file /home/heikki/data/logs/ib_logfile0 size
to 5242880
InnoDB: Log file /home/heikki/data/logs/ib_logfile1 did not exist:
new to be created
InnoDB: Setting log file /home/heikki/data/logs/ib_logfile1 size
to 5242880
InnoDB: Doublewrite buffer not found: creating new
InnoDB: Doublewrite buffer created
InnoDB: Creating foreign key constraint system tables
InnoDB: Foreign key constraint system tables created
InnoDB: Started
mysqld: ready for connections

At this point InnoDB has initialized its tablespace and log files. You can connect to the MySQL server with the usual MySQL client programs like mysql. When you shut down the MySQL server with mysqladmin shutdown, the output is like this:

010321 18:33:34  mysqld: Normal shutdown
010321 18:33:34  mysqld: Shutdown Complete
InnoDB: Starting shutdown...
InnoDB: Shutdown completed

You can look at the data file and log directories and you see the files created there. When MySQL is started again, the data files and log files have been created already, so the output is much briefer:

InnoDB: Started
mysqld: ready for connections

If you add the innodb_file_per_table option to my.cnf, InnoDB stores each table in its own .ibd file in the same MySQL database directory where the .frm file is created. See Section 14.6.1.2, “Using Per-Table Tablespaces”.

14.6.1.5. Dealing with InnoDB Initialization Problems

If InnoDB prints an operating system error during a file operation, usually the problem has one of the following causes:

  • You did not create the InnoDB data file directory or the InnoDB log directory.

  • mysqld does not have access rights to create files in those directories.

  • mysqld cannot read the proper my.cnf or my.ini option file, and consequently does not see the options that you specified.

  • The disk is full or a disk quota is exceeded.

  • You have created a subdirectory whose name is equal to a data file that you specified, so the name cannot be used as a file name.

  • There is a syntax error in the innodb_data_home_dir or innodb_data_file_path value.

If something goes wrong when InnoDB attempts to initialize its tablespace or its log files, delete all files created by InnoDB. This means all ibdata files and all ib_logfile files. In case you have already created some InnoDB tables, delete the corresponding .frm files for these tables (and any .ibd files if you are using multiple tablespaces) from the MySQL database directories as well. Then you can try the InnoDB database creation again. It is best to start the MySQL server from a command prompt so that you see what is happening.

14.6.2. InnoDB Startup Options and System Variables

This section describes the InnoDB-related command options and system variables. System variables that are true or false can be enabled at server startup by naming them, or disabled by using a --skip prefix. For example, to enable or disable InnoDB checksums, you can use --innodb_checksums or --skip-innodb_checksums on the command line, or innodb_checksums or skip-innodb_checksums in an option file. System variables that take a numeric value can be specified as --var_name=value on the command line or as var_name=value in option files. For more information on specifying options and system variables, see Section 4.2.3, “Specifying Program Options”. Many of the system variables can be changed at runtime (see Section 5.1.5.2, “Dynamic System Variables”).

Table 14.5. InnoDB Option/Variable Reference

NameCmd-LineOption fileSystem VarStatus VarVar ScopeDynamic
foreign_key_checks  Yes SessionYes
have_innodb  Yes GlobalNo
ignore-builtin-innodbYesYes  GlobalNo
- Variable: ignore_builtin_innodb  Yes GlobalNo
innodbYesYes    
innodb_adaptive_flushingYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_adaptive_hash_indexYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_additional_mem_pool_sizeYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_autoextend_incrementYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_autoinc_lock_modeYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_buffer_pool_awe_mem_mbYesYesYes GlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_pages_data   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_pages_dirty   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_pages_flushed   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_pages_free   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_pages_latched   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_pages_misc   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_pages_total   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_read_ahead   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_read_ahead_evicted   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_read_ahead_rnd   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_read_ahead_seq   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_read_requests   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_reads   YesGlobalNo
innodb_buffer_pool_sizeYesYesYes GlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_wait_free   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_buffer_pool_write_requests   YesGlobalNo
innodb_change_bufferingYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_checksumsYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_commit_concurrencyYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_concurrency_ticketsYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_data_file_pathYesYesYes GlobalNo
Innodb_data_fsyncs   YesGlobalNo
innodb_data_home_dirYesYesYes GlobalNo
Innodb_data_pending_fsyncs   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_data_pending_reads   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_data_pending_writes   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_data_read   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_data_reads   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_data_writes   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_data_written   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_dblwr_pages_written   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_dblwr_writes   YesGlobalNo
innodb_doublewriteYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_fast_shutdownYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_file_formatYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_file_format_checkYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_file_io_threadsYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_file_per_tableYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commitYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_flush_methodYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_force_recoveryYesYesYes GlobalNo
Innodb_have_atomic_builtins   YesGlobalNo
innodb_io_capacityYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_lock_wait_timeoutYesYesYes BothYes
innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlogYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_log_arch_dirYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_log_archiveYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_log_buffer_sizeYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_log_file_sizeYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_log_files_in_groupYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_log_group_home_dirYesYesYes GlobalNo
Innodb_log_waits   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_log_write_requests   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_log_writes   YesGlobalNo
innodb_max_dirty_pages_pctYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_max_purge_lagYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_mirrored_log_groupsYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_old_blocks_pctYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_old_blocks_timeYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_open_filesYesYesYes GlobalNo
Innodb_os_log_fsyncs   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_os_log_pending_fsyncs   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_os_log_pending_writes   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_os_log_written   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_page_size   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_pages_created   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_pages_read   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_pages_written   YesGlobalNo
innodb_read_ahead_thresholdYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_read_io_threadsYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_replication_delayYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_rollback_on_timeoutYesYesYes GlobalNo
Innodb_row_lock_current_waits   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_row_lock_time   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_row_lock_time_avg   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_row_lock_time_max   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_row_lock_waits   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_rows_deleted   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_rows_inserted   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_rows_read   YesGlobalNo
Innodb_rows_updated   YesGlobalNo
innodb_spin_wait_delayYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_stats_methodYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_stats_on_metadataYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_stats_sample_pagesYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb-status-fileYesYes    
innodb_strict_modeYesYesYes BothYes
innodb_support_xaYesYesYes BothYes
innodb_sync_spin_loopsYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_table_locksYesYesYes BothYes
innodb_thread_concurrencyYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_thread_sleep_delayYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_use_legacy_cardinality_algorithmYesYesYes GlobalYes
innodb_use_sys_mallocYesYesYes GlobalNo
innodb_version  Yes GlobalNo
innodb_write_io_threadsYesYesYes GlobalNo
timed_mutexesYesYesYes GlobalYes
unique_checks  Yes SessionYes

InnoDB Command Options

InnoDB System Variables

  • ignore_builtin_innodb

    Whether the server was started with the --ignore-builtin-innodb option, which causes the server to behave as if the built-in InnoDB is not present. For more information, see the description of --ignore-builtin-innodb under InnoDB Command Options earlier in this section. This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.33.

  • innodb_adaptive_flushing

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_adaptive_flushing=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_adaptive_flushing
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_adaptive_flushing
    Variable Nameinnodb_adaptive_flushing
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultON

    (InnoDB Plugin only) InnoDB Plugin 1.0.4 and up uses a heuristic to determine when to flush dirty pages in the buffer pool. This heuristic is designed to avoid bursts of I/O activity and is used when innodb_adaptive_flushing is enabled (which is the default).

  • innodb_adaptive_hash_index

    Version Introduced5.1.24
    Command-Line Format--innodb_adaptive_hash_index=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_adaptive_hash_index
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_adaptive_hash_index
    Variable Nameinnodb_adaptive_hash_index
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultON

    Whether the InnoDB adaptive hash index is enabled or disabled. The adaptive hash index feature is useful for some workloads, and not for others; conduct benchmarks with it both enabled and disabled, using realistic workloads. See Section 14.6.9.4, “Adaptive Hash Indexes” for details. This variable is enabled by default. Use --skip-innodb_adaptive_hash_index at server startup to disable it. This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.24.

  • innodb_additional_mem_pool_size

    Command-Line Format--innodb_additional_mem_pool_size=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_additional_mem_pool_size
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_additional_mem_pool_size
    Variable Nameinnodb_additional_mem_pool_size
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
    Deprecated5.6.3
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default1048576
    Range524288 .. 4294967295

    The size in bytes of a memory pool InnoDB uses to store data dictionary information and other internal data structures. The more tables you have in your application, the more memory you need to allocate here. If InnoDB runs out of memory in this pool, it starts to allocate memory from the operating system and writes warning messages to the MySQL error log. The default value is 1MB for the built-in InnoDB, 8MB for InnoDB Plugin.

  • innodb_autoextend_increment

    Command-Line Format--innodb_autoextend_increment=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_autoextend_increment
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_autoextend_increment
    Variable Nameinnodb_autoextend_increment
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default8
    Range1 .. 1000

    The increment size (in MB) for extending the size of an auto-extending shared tablespace file when it becomes full. The default value is 8. This variable does not affect the per-table tablespace files that are created if you use innodb_file_per_table=1. Those files are auto-extending regardless of the value of innodb_autoextend_increment. The initial extensions are by small amounts, after which extensions occur in increments of 4MB.

  • innodb_buffer_pool_awe_mem_mb

    Version Removed5.1.13
    Command-Line Format--innodb_buffer_pool_awe_mem_mb=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_buffer_pool_awe_mem_mb
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_buffer_pool_awe_mem_mb
    Variable Nameinnodb_buffer_pool_awe_mem_mb
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
    Platform Specificwindows
     Permitted Values
    Type (windows)numeric
    Default0
    Range0 .. 63000

    The size of the buffer pool (in MB), if it is placed in the AWE memory. If it is greater than 0, innodb_buffer_pool_size is the window in the 32-bit address space of mysqld where InnoDB maps that AWE memory. A good value for innodb_buffer_pool_size is 500MB. The maximum possible value is 63000.

    To take advantage of AWE memory, you will need to recompile MySQL yourself. The current project settings needed for doing this can be found in the storage/innobase/os/os0proc.c source file.

    This variable was removed in MySQL 5.1.13. Before that, it is relevant only in 32-bit Windows. If your 32-bit Windows operating system supports more than 4GB memory, using so-called Address Windowing Extensions, you can allocate the InnoDB buffer pool into the AWE physical memory using this variable.

  • innodb_autoinc_lock_mode

    Version Introduced5.1.22
    Command-Line Format--innodb_autoinc_lock_mode=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_autoinc_lock_mode
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_autoinc_lock_mode
    Variable Nameinnodb_autoinc_lock_mode
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default1
    Valid Values

    0

    1

    2

    The locking mode to use for generating auto-increment values. The permissible values are 0, 1, or 2, for traditional, consecutive, or interleaved lock mode, respectively. Section 14.6.3.3, “AUTO_INCREMENT Handling in InnoDB, describes the characteristics of these modes.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.22 with a default of 1 (consecutive lock mode). Before 5.1.22, InnoDB uses traditional lock mode.

  • innodb_buffer_pool_size

    Command-Line Format--innodb_buffer_pool_size=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_buffer_pool_size
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_buffer_pool_size
    Variable Nameinnodb_buffer_pool_size
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values (<= 5.1.27)
    Typenumeric
    Default8388608
    Min Value1048576
     Permitted Values (>= 5.1.28)
    Platform Bit Size32
    Typenumeric
    Default134217728
    Range1048576 .. 2**32-1
     Permitted Values (>= 5.1.28)
    Platform Bit Size64
    Typenumeric
    Default134217728
    Range1048576 .. 2**64-1

    The size in bytes of the memory buffer InnoDB uses to cache data and indexes of its tables. The default value is 128MB, increased from a historical default of 8MB. In MySQL 5.1.28 and later, the maximum value depends on the CPU architecture; the maximum is 4294967295 (232-1) on 32-bit systems and 18446744073709551615 (264-1) on 64-bit systems. On 32-bit systems, the CPU architecture and operating system may impose a lower practical maximum size than the stated maximum.

    The larger you set this value, the less disk I/O is needed to access data in tables. On a dedicated database server, you may set this to up to 80% of the machine physical memory size. Be prepared to scale back this value if these other issues occur:

    • Competition for physical memory might cause paging in the operating system.

    • InnoDB reserves additional memory for buffers and control structures, so that the total allocated space is approximately 10% greater than the specified size.

    • The address space must be contiguous, which can be an issue on Windows systems with DLLs that load at specific addresses.

    • The time to initialize the buffer pool is roughly proportional to its size. On large installations, this initialization time may be significant. For example, on a modern Linux x86_64 server, initialization of a 10GB buffer pool takes approximately 6 seconds. See Section 8.6.2, “The InnoDB Buffer Pool”.

  • innodb_change_buffering

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_change_buffering=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_change_buffering
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_change_buffering
    Variable Nameinnodb_change_buffering
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes

    (InnoDB Plugin only) Whether InnoDB performs insert buffering. The permitted values none (do not buffer any operations) and inserts (buffer insert operations). The default is inserts. For details, see Controlling InnoDB Change Buffering.

  • innodb_checksums

    Command-Line Format--innodb_checksums
    Option-File Formatinnodb_checksums
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_checksums
    Variable Nameinnodb_checksums
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultON

    InnoDB can use checksum validation on all pages read from the disk to ensure extra fault tolerance against broken hardware or data files. This validation is enabled by default. However, under some rare circumstances (such as when running benchmarks) this extra safety feature is unneeded and can be disabled with --skip-innodb-checksums.

  • innodb_commit_concurrency

    Command-Line Format--innodb_commit_concurrency=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_commit_concurrency
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_commit_concurrency
    Variable Nameinnodb_commit_concurrency
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default0
    Range0 .. 1000

    The number of threads that can commit at the same time. A value of 0 (the default) permits any number of transactions to commit simultaneously.

    As of MySQL 5.1.36, the value of innodb_commit_concurrency cannot be changed at runtime from zero to nonzero or vice versa. The value can still be changed from one nonzero value to another.

  • innodb_concurrency_tickets

    Command-Line Format--innodb_concurrency_tickets=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_concurrency_tickets
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_concurrency_tickets
    Variable Nameinnodb_concurrency_tickets
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes

    The number of threads that can enter InnoDB concurrently is determined by the innodb_thread_concurrency variable. A thread is placed in a queue when it tries to enter InnoDB if the number of threads has already reached the concurrency limit. When a thread is permitted to enter InnoDB, it is given a number of free tickets equal to the value of innodb_concurrency_tickets, and the thread can enter and leave InnoDB freely until it has used up its tickets. After that point, the thread again becomes subject to the concurrency check (and possible queuing) the next time it tries to enter InnoDB. The default value is 500.

  • innodb_data_file_path

    Command-Line Format--innodb_data_file_path=name
    Option-File Formatinnodb_data_file_path
    Variable Nameinnodb_data_file_path
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typefile name

    The paths to individual data files and their sizes. The full directory path to each data file is formed by concatenating innodb_data_home_dir to each path specified here. The file sizes are specified in KB, MB, or GB (1024MB) by appending K, M, or G to the size value. The sum of the sizes of the files must be at least 10MB. If you do not specify innodb_data_file_path, the default behavior is to create a single 10MB auto-extending data file named ibdata1. The size limit of individual files is determined by your operating system. You can set the file size to more than 4GB on those operating systems that support big files. You can also use raw disk partitions as data files. For detailed information on configuring InnoDB tablespace files, see Section 14.6.1, “Configuring InnoDB.

  • innodb_data_home_dir

    Command-Line Format--innodb_data_home_dir=path
    Option-File Formatinnodb_data_home_dir
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_data_home_dir
    Variable Nameinnodb_data_home_dir
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typefile name

    The common part of the directory path for all InnoDB data files in the shared tablespace. This setting does not affect the location of per-file tablespaces when innodb_file_per_table is enabled. The default value is the MySQL data directory. If you specify the value as an empty string, you can use absolute file paths in innodb_data_file_path.

  • innodb_doublewrite

    Command-Line Format--innodb-doublewrite
    Option-File Formatinnodb_doublewrite
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_doublewrite
    Variable Nameinnodb_doublewrite
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean

    If this variable is enabled (the default), InnoDB stores all data twice, first to the doublewrite buffer, and then to the actual data files. This variable can be turned off with --skip-innodb_doublewrite for benchmarks or cases when top performance is needed rather than concern for data integrity or possible failures.

  • innodb_fast_shutdown

    Command-Line Format--innodb_fast_shutdown[=#]
    Option-File Formatinnodb_fast_shutdown
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_fast_shutdown
    Variable Nameinnodb_fast_shutdown
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default1
    Valid Values

    0

    1

    2

    The InnoDB shutdown mode. By default, the value is 1, which causes a fast shutdown (the normal type of shutdown). If the value is 0, InnoDB does a full purge and an insert buffer merge before a shutdown. These operations can take minutes, or even hours in extreme cases. If the value is 1, InnoDB skips these operations at shutdown. If the value is 2, InnoDB will just flush its logs and then shut down cold, as if MySQL had crashed; no committed transaction will be lost, but crash recovery will be done at the next startup. A value of 2 cannot be used on NetWare.

  • innodb_file_format

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_file_format=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_file_format
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_file_format
    Variable Nameinnodb_file_format
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values (>= 5.1.38)
    Typestring
    DefaultAntelope

    (InnoDB Plugin only) The file format to use for new InnoDB tables. Currently Antelope and Barracuda are supported. This applies only for tables that have their own tablespace, so for it to have an effect innodb_file_per_table must be enabled.

  • innodb_file_format_check

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_file_format_check=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_file_format_check
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_file_format_check
    Variable Nameinnodb_file_format_check
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values (<= 5.1.41)
    Typestring
    DefaultAntelope
     Permitted Values (>= 5.1.42)
    Typestring
    DefaultBarracuda

    (InnoDB Plugin only) This variable can be set to 1 or 0 at server startup to enable or disable whether InnoDB checks the file format tag in the shared tablespace (for example, Antelope or Barracuda). If the tag is checked and is higher than that supported by the current version of InnoDB, an error occurs and InnoDB does not start. If the tag is not higher, InnoDB sets the value of innodb_file_format_check to the file format tag, which is the value seen at runtime.

  • innodb_file_io_threads

    Command-Line Format--innodb_file_io_threads=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_file_io_threads
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_file_io_threads
    Variable Nameinnodb_file_io_threads
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default4
    Range4 .. 64

    The number of file I/O threads in InnoDB. Normally, this should be left at the default value of 4, but disk I/O on Windows may benefit from a larger number. On Unix, increasing the number has no effect; InnoDB always uses the default value.

    With InnoDB Plugin, this variable is unused. Use innodb_read_io_threads and innodb_write_io_threads instead.

  • innodb_file_per_table

    Command-Line Format--innodb_file_per_table
    Option-File Formatinnodb_file_per_table
    Variable Nameinnodb_file_per_table
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultOFF

    If innodb_file_per_table is disabled (the default), InnoDB creates tables in the shared tablespace. If innodb_file_per_table is enabled, InnoDB creates each new table using its own .ibd file for storing data and indexes, rather than in the shared tablespace. See Section 14.6.1.2, “Using Per-Table Tablespaces”.

  • innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit

    Command-Line Format--innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit[=#]
    Option-File Formatinnodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit
    Variable Nameinnodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typeenumeration
    Default1
    Valid Values

    0

    1

    2

    If the value of innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit is 0, the log buffer is written out to the log file once per second and the flush to disk operation is performed on the log file, but nothing is done at a transaction commit. When the value is 1 (the default), the log buffer is written out to the log file at each transaction commit and the flush to disk operation is performed on the log file. When the value is 2, the log buffer is written out to the file at each commit, but the flush to disk operation is not performed on it. However, the flushing on the log file takes place once per second also when the value is 2. Note that the once-per-second flushing is not 100% guaranteed to happen every second, due to process scheduling issues.

    The default value of 1 is the value required for ACID compliance. You can achieve better performance by setting the value different from 1, but then you can lose at most one second worth of transactions in a crash. With a value of 0, any mysqld process crash can erase the last second of transactions. With a value of 2, then only an operating system crash or a power outage can erase the last second of transactions. However, InnoDB's crash recovery is not affected and thus crash recovery does work regardless of the value.

    For the greatest possible durability and consistency in a replication setup using InnoDB with transactions, use innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit = 1 and sync_binlog = 1 in your master server my.cnf file.

    Caution

    Many operating systems and some disk hardware fool the flush-to-disk operation. They may tell mysqld that the flush has taken place, even though it has not. Then the durability of transactions is not guaranteed even with the setting 1, and in the worst case a power outage can even corrupt the InnoDB database. Using a battery-backed disk cache in the SCSI disk controller or in the disk itself speeds up file flushes, and makes the operation safer. You can also try using the Unix command hdparm to disable the caching of disk writes in hardware caches, or use some other command specific to the hardware vendor.

  • innodb_flush_method

    Command-Line Format--innodb_flush_method=name
    Option-File Formatinnodb_flush_method
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_flush_method
    Variable Nameinnodb_flush_method
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values (<= 5.1.23)
    Type (hpux)enumeration
    Defaultfdatasync
    Valid Values

    fdatasync

    O_DSYNC

    O_DIRECT

     Permitted Values (<= 5.1.23)
    Type (linux)enumeration
    Defaultfdatasync
    Valid Values

    fdatasync

    O_DSYNC

    O_DIRECT

     Permitted Values (<= 5.1.23)
    Type (solaris)enumeration
    Defaultfdatasync
    Valid Values

    fdatasync

    O_DSYNC

    O_DIRECT

    By default, InnoDB uses fsync() to flush both the data and log files. If innodb_flush_method option is set to O_DSYNC, InnoDB uses O_SYNC to open and flush the log files, and fsync() to flush the data files. If O_DIRECT is specified (available on some GNU/Linux versions, FreeBSD, and Solaris), InnoDB uses O_DIRECT (or directio() on Solaris) to open the data files, and uses fsync() to flush both the data and log files. Note that InnoDB uses fsync() instead of fdatasync(), and it does not use O_DSYNC by default because there have been problems with it on many varieties of Unix. This variable is relevant only for Unix. On Windows, the flush method is always async_unbuffered and cannot be changed.

    Depending on hardware configuration, setting innodb_flush_method to O_DIRECT can either have either a positive or negative effect on performance. Benchmark your particular configuration to decide which setting to use. The mix of read and write operations in your workload can also affect which setting performs better for you. For example, on a system with a hardware RAID controller and battery-backed write cache, O_DIRECT can help to avoid double buffering between the InnoDB buffer pool and the operating system's filesystem cache. On some systems where InnoDB data and log files are located on a SAN, the default value or O_DSYNC might be faster for a read-heavy workload with mostly SELECT statements. Always test this parameter with the same type of hardware and workload that reflects your production environment.

    Formerly it was possible to explicitly specify a value of fdatasync to obtain the default behavior. This is no longer possible as of MySQL 5.1.24 because it can be confusing that a value of fdatasync causes use of fsync() rather than fdatasync() for flushing. To obtain the default value now, do not set innodb_flush_method at startup.

  • innodb_force_recovery

    Command-Line Format--innodb_force_recovery=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_force_recovery
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_force_recovery
    Variable Nameinnodb_force_recovery
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typeenumeration
    Default0
    Valid Values

    0

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    6

    The crash recovery mode. Possible values are from 0 to 6. The meanings of these values are described in Section 14.6.5.2, “Forcing InnoDB Recovery”.

    Warning

    This variable should be set greater than 0 only in an emergency situation when you want to dump your tables from a corrupt database! As a safety measure, InnoDB prevents any changes to its data when this variable is greater than 0.

  • innodb_io_capacity

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_io_capacity=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_io_capacity
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_io_capacity
    Variable Nameinnodb_io_capacity
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Platform Bit Size32
    Typenumeric
    Default200
    Range100 .. 2**32-1
     Permitted Values
    Platform Bit Size64
    Typenumeric
    Default200
    Range100 .. 2**64-1

    (InnoDB Plugin only) An upper limit on the I/O activity performed by the InnoDB background tasks, such as flushing pages from the buffer pool and merging data from the insert buffer. The default value is 200. For busy systems capable of higher I/O rates, you can set a higher value at server startup, to help the server handle the background maintenance work associated with a high rate of row changes. For systems with individual 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM drives, you might lower the value to the former default of 100.

    This parameter should be set to approximately the number of I/O operations that the system can perform per second. Ideally, keep this setting as low as practical, but not so low that these background activities fall behind. If the value is too high, data is removed from the buffer pool and insert buffer too quickly to provide significant benefit from the caching.

    The value represents an estimated proportion of the I/O operations per second (IOPS) available to older-generation disk drives that could perform about 100 IOPS. The current default of 200 reflects that modern storage devices are capable of much higher I/O rates.

    In general, you can increase the value as a function of the number of drives used for InnoDB I/O, particularly fast drives capable of high numbers of IOPS. For example, systems that use multiple disks or solid-state disks for InnoDB are likely to benefit from the ability to control this parameter.

    Although you can specify a very high number, in practice such large values cease to have any benefit; for example, a value of one million would be considered very high.

    You can set the innodb_io_capacity value to any number 100 or greater, and the default value is 200. You can set the value of this parameter in the MySQL option file (my.cnf or my.ini) or change it dynamically with the SET GLOBAL command, which requires the SUPER privilege.

    See Controlling the Master Thread I/O Rate for more guidelines about this option. For general information about InnoDB I/O performance, see Optimizing InnoDB Disk I/O.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • innodb_lock_wait_timeout

    Command-Line Format--innodb_lock_wait_timeout=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_lock_wait_timeout
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_lock_wait_timeout
    Variable Nameinnodb_lock_wait_timeout
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default50
    Range1 .. 1073741824

    The timeout in seconds an InnoDB transaction may wait for a row lock before giving up. The default value is 50 seconds. A transaction that tries to access a row that is locked by another InnoDB transaction will hang for at most this many seconds before issuing the following error:

    ERROR 1205 (HY000): Lock wait timeout exceeded; try restarting transaction

    When a lock wait timeout occurs, the current statement is not executed. The current transaction is not rolled back. (To have the entire transaction roll back, start the server with the --innodb_rollback_on_timeout option, available as of MySQL 5.1.15. See also Section 14.6.11, “InnoDB Error Handling”.)

    innodb_lock_wait_timeout applies to InnoDB row locks only. A MySQL table lock does not happen inside InnoDB and this timeout does not apply to waits for table locks.

    InnoDB does detect transaction deadlocks in its own lock table immediately and rolls back one transaction. The lock wait timeout value does not apply to such a wait.

    For the built-in InnoDB, this variable can be set only at server startup. For InnoDB Plugin, it can be set at startup or changed at runtime, and has both global and session values.

  • innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog

    Command-Line Format--innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog
    Option-File Formatinnodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog
    Variable Nameinnodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
    Deprecated5.6.3
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultOFF

    This variable affects how InnoDB uses gap locking for searches and index scans. Normally, InnoDB uses an algorithm called next-key locking that combines index-row locking with gap locking. InnoDB performs row-level locking in such a way that when it searches or scans a table index, it sets shared or exclusive locks on the index records it encounters. Thus, the row-level locks are actually index-record locks. In addition, a next-key lock on an index record also affects the gap before that index record. That is, a next-key lock is an index-record lock plus a gap lock on the gap preceding the index record. If one session has a shared or exclusive lock on record R in an index, another session cannot insert a new index record in the gap immediately before R in the index order. See Section 14.6.7.4, “InnoDB Record, Gap, and Next-Key Locks”.

    By default, the value of innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog is 0 (disabled), which means that gap locking is enabled: InnoDB uses next-key locks for searches and index scans. To enable the variable, set it to 1. This causes gap locking to be disabled: InnoDB uses only index-record locks for searches and index scans.

    Enabling innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog does not disable the use of gap locking for foreign-key constraint checking or duplicate-key checking.

    The effect of enabling innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog is similar to but not identical to setting the transaction isolation level to READ COMMITTED:

    • Enabling innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog is a global setting and affects all sessions, whereas the isolation level can be set globally for all sessions, or individually per session.

    • innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog can be set only at server startup, whereas the isolation level can be set at startup or changed at runtime.

    READ COMMITTED therefore offers finer and more flexible control than innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog. For additional details about the effect of isolation level on gap locking, see Section 13.3.6, “SET TRANSACTION Syntax”.

    Enabling innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog may cause phantom problems because other sessions can insert new rows into the gaps when gap locking is disabled. Suppose that there is an index on the id column of the child table and that you want to read and lock all rows from the table having an identifier value larger than 100, with the intention of updating some column in the selected rows later:

    SELECT * FROM child WHERE id > 100 FOR UPDATE;

    The query scans the index starting from the first record where id is greater than 100. If the locks set on the index records in that range do not lock out inserts made in the gaps, another session can insert a new row into the table. Consequently, if you were to execute the same SELECT again within the same transaction, you would see a new row in the result set returned by the query. This also means that if new items are added to the database, InnoDB does not guarantee serializability. Therefore, if innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog is enabled, InnoDB guarantees at most an isolation level of READ COMMITTED. (Conflict serializability is still guaranteed.) For additional information about phantoms, see Section 14.6.7.5, “Avoiding the Phantom Problem Using Next-Key Locking”.

    Enabling innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog has additional effects:

    • For UPDATE or DELETE statements, InnoDB holds locks only for rows that it updates or deletes. Record locks for nonmatching rows are released after MySQL has evaluated the WHERE condition. This greatly reduces the probability of deadlocks, but they can still happen.

    • For UPDATE statements, if a row is already locked, InnoDB performs a semi-consistent read, returning the latest committed version to MySQL so that MySQL can determine whether the row matches the WHERE condition of the UPDATE. If the row matches (must be updated), MySQL reads the row again and this time InnoDB either locks it or waits for a lock on it.

    Consider the following example, beginning with this table:

    CREATE TABLE t (a INT NOT NULL, b INT) ENGINE = InnoDB;
    INSERT INTO t VALUES (1,2),(2,3),(3,2),(4,3),(5,2);
    COMMIT;

    In this case, table has no indexes, so searches and index scans use the hidden clustered index for record locking (see Section 14.6.9.1, “Clustered and Secondary Indexes”).

    Suppose that one client performs an UPDATE using these statements:

    SET autocommit = 0;
    UPDATE t SET b = 5 WHERE b = 3;

    Suppose also that a second client performs an UPDATE by executing these statements following those of the first client:

    SET autocommit = 0;
    UPDATE t SET b = 4 WHERE b = 2;

    As InnoDB executes each UPDATE, it first acquires an exclusive lock for each row, and then determines whether to modify it. If InnoDB does not modify the row and innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog is enabled, it releases the lock. Otherwise, InnoDB retains the lock until the end of the transaction. This affects transaction processing as follows.

    If innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog is disabled, the first UPDATE acquires x-locks and does not release any of them:

    x-lock(1,2); retain x-lock
    x-lock(2,3); update(2,3) to (2,5); retain x-lock
    x-lock(3,2); retain x-lock
    x-lock(4,3); update(4,3) to (4,5); retain x-lock
    x-lock(5,2); retain x-lock

    The second UPDATE blocks as soon as it tries to acquire any locks (because first update has retained locks on all rows), and does not proceed until the first UPDATE commits or rolls back:

    x-lock(1,2); block and wait for first UPDATE to commit or roll back

    If innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog is enabled, the first UPDATE acquires x-locks and releases those for rows that it does not modify:

    x-lock(1,2); unlock(1,2)
    x-lock(2,3); update(2,3) to (2,5); retain x-lock
    x-lock(3,2); unlock(3,2)
    x-lock(4,3); update(4,3) to (4,5); retain x-lock
    x-lock(5,2); unlock(5,2)

    For the second UPDATE, InnoDB does a semi-consistent read, returning the latest committed version of each row to MySQL so that MySQL can determine whether the row matches the WHERE condition of the UPDATE:

    x-lock(1,2); update(1,2) to (1,4); retain x-lock
    x-lock(2,3); unlock(2,3)
    x-lock(3,2); update(3,2) to (3,4); retain x-lock
    x-lock(4,3); unlock(4,3)
    x-lock(5,2); update(5,2) to (5,4); retain x-lock

    Semi-consistent read is available as of MySQL 5.1.5. Before 5.1.5, the second UPDATE proceeds part way before it blocks. It begins acquiring x-locks, and blocks when it tries to acquire one for a row still locked by first UPDATE. The second UPDATE does not proceed until the first UPDATE commits or rolls back:

    x-lock(1,2); update(1,2) to (1,4); retain x-lock
    x-lock(2,3); block and wait for first UPDATE to commit or roll back

    In this case, the second UPDATE must wait for a commit or rollback of the first UPDATE, even though it affects different rows. The first UPDATE has an exclusive lock on row (2,3) that it has not released. As the second UPDATE scans rows, it tries to acquire an exclusive lock for that same row, which it cannot have. Thus, before MySQL 5.1.5, enabling innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog still does not permit operations such as UPDATE to overtake other similar operations (such as another UPDATE) even when they affect different rows.

  • innodb_log_arch_dir

    This variable is deprecated, and was removed in MySQL 5.1.21.

  • innodb_log_archive

    This variable is deprecated, and was removed in MySQL 5.1.18.

  • innodb_log_buffer_size

    Command-Line Format--innodb_log_buffer_size=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_log_buffer_size
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_log_buffer_size
    Variable Nameinnodb_log_buffer_size
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default1048576
    Range1048576 .. 4294967295

    The size in bytes of the buffer that InnoDB uses to write to the log files on disk. The default value is 1MB for the built-in InnoDB, 8MB for InnoDB Plugin. Sensible values range from 1MB to 8MB. A large log buffer enables large transactions to run without a need to write the log to disk before the transactions commit. Thus, if you have big transactions, making the log buffer larger saves disk I/O.

  • innodb_log_file_size

    Command-Line Format--innodb_log_file_size=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_log_file_size
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_log_file_size
    Variable Nameinnodb_log_file_size
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default5242880
    Range1048576 .. 4294967295

    The size in bytes of each log file in a log group. The combined size of log files must be less than 4GB. The default value is 5MB. Sensible values range from 1MB to 1/N-th of the size of the buffer pool, where N is the number of log files in the group. The larger the value, the less checkpoint flush activity is needed in the buffer pool, saving disk I/O. But larger log files also mean that recovery is slower in case of a crash.

  • innodb_log_files_in_group

    Command-Line Format--innodb_log_files_in_group=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_log_files_in_group
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_log_files_in_group
    Variable Nameinnodb_log_files_in_group
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default2
    Range2 .. 100

    The number of log files in the log group. InnoDB writes to the files in a circular fashion. The default (and recommended) value is 2.

  • innodb_log_group_home_dir

    Command-Line Format--innodb_log_group_home_dir=path
    Option-File Formatinnodb_log_group_home_dir
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_log_group_home_dir
    Variable Nameinnodb_log_group_home_dir
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typefile name

    The directory path to the InnoDB log files. If you do not specify any InnoDB log variables, the default is to create two 5MB files names ib_logfile0 and ib_logfile1 in the MySQL data directory.

  • innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct

    Command-Line Format--innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_max_dirty_pages_pct
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct
    Variable Nameinnodb_max_dirty_pages_pct
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default90
    Range0 .. 100

    This is an integer in the range from 0 to 100. The default value is 90 for the built-in InnoDB, 75 for InnoDB Plugin. The main thread in InnoDB tries to write pages from the buffer pool so that the percentage of dirty (not yet written) pages will not exceed this value.

  • innodb_max_purge_lag

    Command-Line Format--innodb_max_purge_lag=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_max_purge_lag
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_max_purge_lag
    Variable Nameinnodb_max_purge_lag
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default0
    Range0 .. 4294967295

    This variable controls how to delay INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE operations when purge operations are lagging (see Section 14.6.8, “InnoDB Multi-Versioning”). The default value 0 (no delays).

    The InnoDB transaction system maintains a list of transactions that have index records delete-marked by UPDATE or DELETE operations. Let the length of this list be purge_lag. When purge_lag exceeds innodb_max_purge_lag, each INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE operation is delayed by ((purge_lag/innodb_max_purge_lag)×10)–5 milliseconds. The delay is computed in the beginning of a purge batch, every ten seconds. The operations are not delayed if purge cannot run because of an old consistent read view that could see the rows to be purged.

    A typical setting for a problematic workload might be 1 million, assuming that transactions are small, only 100 bytes in size, and it is permissible to have 100MB of unpurged InnoDB table rows.

    The lag value is displayed as the history list length in the TRANSACTIONS section of InnoDB Monitor output. For example, if the output includes the following lines, the lag value is 20:

    ------------
    TRANSACTIONS
    ------------
    Trx id counter 0 290328385
    Purge done for trx's n:o < 0 290315608 undo n:o < 0 17
    History list length 20
  • innodb_mirrored_log_groups

    Has no effect.

  • innodb_old_blocks_pct

    Version Introduced5.1.41
    Command-Line Format--innodb_old_blocks_pct=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_old_blocks_pct
    Variable Nameinnodb_old_blocks_pct
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default37
    Range5 .. 95

    (InnoDB Plugin only) Specifies the approximate percentage of the InnoDB buffer pool used for the old block sublist. The range of values is 5 to 95. The default value is 37 (that is, 3/8 of the pool). See Section 8.6.2, “The InnoDB Buffer Pool” for information about buffer pool management, such as the LRU algorithm and eviction policies.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.41.

  • innodb_old_blocks_time

    Version Introduced5.1.41
    Command-Line Format--innodb_old_blocks_time=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_old_blocks_time
    Variable Nameinnodb_old_blocks_time
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes

    (InnoDB Plugin only) Specifies how long in milliseconds (ms) a block inserted into the old sublist must stay there after its first access before it can be moved to the new sublist. The default value is 0: A block inserted into the old sublist moves immediately to the new sublist the first time it is accessed, no matter how soon after insertion the access occurs. If the value is greater than 0, blocks remain in the old sublist until an access occurs at least that many ms after the first access. For example, a value of 1000 causes blocks to stay in the old sublist for 1 second after the first access before they become eligible to move to the new sublist. See Section 8.6.2, “The InnoDB Buffer Pool”.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.41.

  • innodb_open_files

    Command-Line Format--innodb_open_files=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_open_files
    Variable Nameinnodb_open_files
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo

    This variable is relevant only if you use multiple InnoDB tablespaces. It specifies the maximum number of .ibd files that MySQL can keep open at one time. The minimum value is 10. The default value is 300.

    The file descriptors used for .ibd files are for InnoDB tables only. They are independent of those specified by the --open-files-limit server option, and do not affect the operation of the table cache.

  • innodb_read_ahead_threshold

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_read_ahead_threshold=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_read_ahead_threshold
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_read_ahead_threshold
    Variable Nameinnodb_read_ahead_threshold
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default56
    Range0 .. 64

    (InnoDB Plugin only) Controls the sensitivity of linear read-ahead that InnoDB uses to prefetch pages into the buffer pool. If InnoDB reads at least innodb_read_ahead_threshold pages sequentially from an extent (64 pages), it initiates an asynchronous read for the entire following extent. The permissible range of values is 0 to 64. The default is 56: InnoDB must read at least 56 pages sequentially from an extent to initiate an asynchronous read for the following extent.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • innodb_read_io_threads

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_read_io_threads=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_read_io_threads
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_read_io_threads
    Variable Nameinnodb_read_io_threads
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default4
    Range1 .. 64

    (InnoDB Plugin only) The number of I/O threads for read operations in InnoDB. The default value is 4.

    Note

    On Linux systems, running multiple MySQL servers (typically more than 12) with default settings for innodb_read_io_threads, innodb_write_io_threads, and the Linux aio-max-nr setting can exceed system limits. Ideally, increase the aio-max-nr setting; as a workaround, you might reduce the settings for one or both of the MySQL configuration options.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • innodb_replication_delay

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_replication_delay=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_replication_delay
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_replication_delay
    Variable Nameinnodb_replication_delay
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default0
    Range0 .. 4294967295

    (InnoDB Plugin only) The replication thread delay (in ms) on a slave server if innodb_thread_concurrency is reached.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • innodb_rollback_on_timeout

    Version Introduced5.1.15
    Command-Line Format--innodb_rollback_on_timeout
    Option-File Formatinnodb_rollback_on_timeout
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_rollback_on_timeout
    Variable Nameinnodb_rollback_on_timeout
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultOFF

    In MySQL 5.1, InnoDB rolls back only the last statement on a transaction timeout by default. If --innodb_rollback_on_timeout is specified, a transaction timeout causes InnoDB to abort and roll back the entire transaction (the same behavior as in MySQL 4.1). This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.15.

  • innodb_spin_wait_delay

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_spin_wait_delay=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_spin_wait_delay
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_spin_wait_delay
    Variable Nameinnodb_spin_wait_delay
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default6
    Range0 .. 4294967295

    (InnoDB Plugin only) The maximum delay between polls for a spin lock. The default value is 6.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • innodb_stats_method

    Version Introduced5.1.56
    Command-Line Format--innodb_stats_method=name
    Option-File Formatinnodb_stats_method
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_stats_method
    Variable Nameinnodb_stats_method
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typeenumeration
    Defaultnulls_equal
    Valid Values

    nulls_equal

    nulls_unequal

    nulls_ignored

    How the server treats NULL values when collecting statistics about the distribution of index values for InnoDB tables. This variable has three possible values, nulls_equal, nulls_unequal, and nulls_ignored. For nulls_equal, all NULL index values are considered equal and form a single value group that has a size equal to the number of NULL values. For nulls_unequal, NULL values are considered unequal, and each NULL forms a distinct value group of size 1. For nulls_ignored, NULL values are ignored.

    The method that is used for generating table statistics influences how the optimizer chooses indexes for query execution, as described in Section 8.5.4, “InnoDB and MyISAM Index Statistics Collection”.

  • innodb_stats_on_metadata

    Version Introduced5.1.17
    Command-Line Format--innodb_stats_on_metadata
    Option-File Formatinnodb_stats_on_metadata
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_stats_on_metadata
    Variable Nameinnodb_stats_on_metadata
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes

    When this variable is enabled (which is the default, as before the variable was created), InnoDB updates statistics during metadata statements such as SHOW TABLE STATUS or SHOW INDEX, or when accessing the INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables TABLES or STATISTICS. (These updates are similar to what happens for ANALYZE TABLE.) When disabled, InnoDB does not update statistics during these operations. Disabling this variable can improve access speed for schemas that have a large number of tables or indexes. It can also improve the stability of execution plans for queries that involve InnoDB tables.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.17.

  • innodb_stats_sample_pages

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_stats_sample_pages=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_stats_sample_pages
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_stats_sample_pages
    Variable Nameinnodb_stats_sample_pages
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
    Deprecated5.6.3
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default8
    Range1 .. 2**64-1

    (InnoDB Plugin only) The number of index pages to sample for index distribution statistics such as are calculated by ANALYZE TABLE. The default value is 8. For more information, see Changes for Flexibility, Ease of Use and Reliability.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • innodb_strict_mode

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_strict_mode=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_strict_mode
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_strict_mode
    Variable Nameinnodb_strict_mode
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultOFF

    (InnoDB Plugin only) Whether InnoDB returns errors rather than warnings for certain conditions. This is analogous to strict SQL mode. The default value is OFF. See InnoDB Strict Mode for a list of the conditions that are affected.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • innodb_support_xa

    Command-Line Format--innodb_support_xa
    Option-File Formatinnodb_support_xa
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_support_xa
    Variable Nameinnodb_support_xa
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultTRUE

    Enables InnoDB support for two-phase commit in XA transactions, causing an extra disk flush for transaction preparation. This setting is the default. The XA mechanism is used internally and is essential for any server that has its binary log turned on and is accepting changes to its data from more than one thread. If you turn it off, transactions can be written to the binary log in a different order from the one in which the live database is committing them. This can produce different data when the binary log is replayed in disaster recovery or on a replication slave. Do not turn it off on a replication master server unless you have an unusual setup where only one thread is able to change data.

    For a server that is accepting data changes from only one thread, it is safe and recommended to turn off this option to improve performance for InnoDB tables. For example, you can turn it off on replication slaves where only the replication SQL thread is changing data.

    You can also turn off this option if you do not need it for safe binary logging or replication, and you also do not use an external XA transaction manager.

  • innodb_sync_spin_loops

    Command-Line Format--innodb_sync_spin_loops=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_sync_spin_loops
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_sync_spin_loops
    Variable Nameinnodb_sync_spin_loops
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes

    The number of times a thread waits for an InnoDB mutex to be freed before the thread is suspended. The default value is 20 for the built-in InnoDB, 30 for InnoDB Plugin.

  • innodb_table_locks

    Command-Line Format--innodb_table_locks
    Option-File Formatinnodb_table_locks
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_table_locks
    Variable Nameinnodb_table_locks
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultTRUE

    If autocommit = 0, InnoDB honors LOCK TABLES; MySQL does not return from LOCK TABLES ... WRITE until all other threads have released all their locks to the table. The default value of innodb_table_locks is 1, which means that LOCK TABLES causes InnoDB to lock a table internally if autocommit = 0.

  • innodb_thread_concurrency

    Command-Line Format--innodb_thread_concurrency=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_thread_concurrency
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_thread_concurrency
    Variable Nameinnodb_thread_concurrency
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default8
    Range0 .. 1000

    InnoDB tries to keep the number of operating system threads concurrently inside InnoDB less than or equal to the limit given by this variable. Once the number of threads reaches this limit, additional threads are placed into a wait state within a FIFO queue for execution. Threads waiting for locks are not counted in the number of concurrently executing threads.

    The correct value for this variable is dependent on environment and workload. You will need to try a range of different values to determine what value works for your applications. A recommended value is 2 times the number of CPUs plus the number of disks.

    The range of this variable is 0 to 1000. A value of 20 or higher is interpreted as infinite concurrency before MySQL 5.1.12. From 5.1.12 on, you can disable thread concurrency checking by setting the value to 0. Disabling thread concurrency checking enables InnoDB to create as many threads as it needs. A value of 0 also disables the queries inside InnoDB and queries in queue counters in the ROW OPERATIONS section of SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS output.

    The default value for the built-in InnoDB is 20 before MySQL 5.1.11 and 8 from 5.1.11 on. The default for the InnoDB Plugin is 0.

  • innodb_thread_sleep_delay

    Command-Line Format--innodb_thread_sleep_delay=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_thread_sleep_delay
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_thread_sleep_delay
    Variable Nameinnodb_thread_sleep_delay
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values (>= 5.1.0)
    Typenumeric
    Default10000

    How long InnoDB threads sleep before joining the InnoDB queue, in microseconds. The default value is 10,000. A value of 0 disables sleep.

  • innodb_use_legacy_cardinality_algorithm

    Version Introduced5.1.35
    Command-Line Format--innodb_use_legacy_cardinality_algorithm=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_use_legacy_cardinality_algorithm
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_use_legacy_cardinality_algorithm
    Variable Nameinnodb_use_legacy_cardinality_algorithm
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultON

    InnoDB uses random numbers to generate dives into indexes for calculating index cardinality. However, under certain conditions, the algorithm does not generate random numbers, so ANALYZE TABLE sometimes does not update cardinality estimates properly. An alternative algorithm was introduced in MySQL 5.1.35 with better randomization properties, and the innodb_use_legacy_cardinality_algorithm, system variable which algorithm to use. The default value of the variable is 1 (ON), to use the original algorithm for compatibility with existing applications. The variable can be set to 0 (OFF) to use the new algorithm with improved randomness.

    This variable is not used in InnoDB Plugin because the improved algorithm is used by default. Also, the number of random dives can be changed by modifying the innodb_stats_sample_pages system variable.

  • innodb_use_sys_malloc

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_use_sys_malloc=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_use_sys_malloc
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_use_sys_malloc
    Variable Nameinnodb_use_sys_malloc
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
    Deprecated5.6.3
     Permitted Values
    Typeboolean
    DefaultON

    (InnoDB Plugin only) Whether InnoDB uses the operating system memory allocator (ON) or its own (OFF). The default value is ON.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • innodb_version

    (InnoDB Plugin only) The InnoDB version number. Starting in 5.1.68, the separate numbering for InnoDB is discontinued and this value is the same as for the version variable.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • innodb_write_io_threads

    Version Introduced5.1.38
    Command-Line Format--innodb_write_io_threads=#
    Option-File Formatinnodb_write_io_threads
    Option Sets VariableYes, innodb_write_io_threads
    Variable Nameinnodb_write_io_threads
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Typenumeric
    Default4
    Range1 .. 64

    (InnoDB Plugin only) The number of I/O threads for write operations in InnoDB. The default value is 4.

    Note

    On Linux systems, running multiple MySQL servers (typically more than 12) with default settings for innodb_read_io_threads, innodb_write_io_threads, and the Linux aio-max-nr setting can exceed system limits. Ideally, increase the aio-max-nr setting; as a workaround, you might reduce the settings for one or both of the MySQL configuration options.

    This variable was added in MySQL 5.1.38.

  • sync_binlog

    Command-Line Format--sync-binlog=#
    Option-File Formatsync_binlog
    Option Sets VariableYes, sync_binlog
    Variable Namesync_binlog
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Platform Bit Size32
    Typenumeric
    Default0
    Range0 .. 4294967295
     Permitted Values
    Platform Bit Size64
    Typenumeric
    Default0
    Range0 .. 18446744073709547520

    If the value of this variable is greater than 0, the MySQL server synchronizes its binary log to disk (using fdatasync()) after every sync_binlog writes to the binary log. There is one write to the binary log per statement if autocommit is enabled, and one write per transaction otherwise. The default value of sync_binlog is 0, which does no synchronizing to disk. A value of 1 is the safest choice, because in the event of a crash you lose at most one statement or transaction from the binary log. However, it is also the slowest choice (unless the disk has a battery-backed cache, which makes synchronization very fast).

14.6.3. Creating and Using InnoDB Tables

To create an InnoDB table, specify an ENGINE = InnoDB option in the CREATE TABLE statement:

CREATE TABLE customers (a INT, b CHAR (20), INDEX (a)) ENGINE=InnoDB;

The statement creates a table and an index on column a in the InnoDB tablespace that consists of the data files that you specified in my.cnf. In addition, MySQL creates a file customers.frm in the test directory under the MySQL database directory. Internally, InnoDB adds an entry for the table to its own data dictionary. The entry includes the database name. For example, if test is the database in which the customers table is created, the entry is for 'test/customers'. This means you can create a table of the same name customers in some other database, and the table names do not collide inside InnoDB.

You can query the amount of free space in the InnoDB tablespace by issuing a SHOW TABLE STATUS statement for any InnoDB table. The amount of free space in the tablespace appears in the Data_free section in the output of SHOW TABLE STATUS (or the Comment section prior to MySQL 5.1.24). For example:

SHOW TABLE STATUS FROM test LIKE 'customers'

The statistics SHOW displays for InnoDB tables are only approximate. They are used in SQL optimization. Table and index reserved sizes in bytes are accurate, though.

14.6.3.1. How to Use Transactions in InnoDB with Different APIs

By default, each client that connects to the MySQL server begins with autocommit mode enabled, which automatically commits every SQL statement as you execute it. To use multiple-statement transactions, you can switch autocommit off with the SQL statement SET autocommit = 0 and end each transaction with either COMMIT or ROLLBACK. If you want to leave autocommit on, you can begin your transactions within START TRANSACTION and end them with COMMIT or ROLLBACK. The following example shows two transactions. The first is committed; the second is rolled back.

shell> mysql test

mysql> CREATE TABLE customer (a INT, b CHAR (20), INDEX (a))
    -> ENGINE=InnoDB;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> START TRANSACTION;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> INSERT INTO customer VALUES (10, 'Heikki');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> COMMIT;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> SET autocommit=0;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> INSERT INTO customer VALUES (15, 'John');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> ROLLBACK;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> SELECT * FROM customer;
+------+--------+
| a    | b      |
+------+--------+
|   10 | Heikki |
+------+--------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
mysql>

In APIs such as PHP, Perl DBI, JDBC, ODBC, or the standard C call interface of MySQL, you can send transaction control statements such as COMMIT to the MySQL server as strings just like any other SQL statements such as SELECT or INSERT. Some APIs also offer separate special transaction commit and rollback functions or methods.

14.6.3.2. Converting Tables from MyISAM to InnoDB

To convert a non-InnoDB table to use InnoDB use ALTER TABLE:

ALTER TABLE t1 ENGINE=InnoDB;
Important

Do not convert MySQL system tables in the mysql database (such as user or host) to the InnoDB type. This is an unsupported operation. The system tables must always be of the MyISAM type.

InnoDB does not have a special optimization for separate index creation the way the MyISAM storage engine does. Therefore, it does not pay to export and import the table and create indexes afterward. The fastest way to alter a table to InnoDB is to do the inserts directly to an InnoDB table. That is, use ALTER TABLE ... ENGINE=INNODB, or create an empty InnoDB table with identical definitions and insert the rows with INSERT INTO ... SELECT * FROM ....

If you have UNIQUE constraints on secondary keys, you can speed up a table import by turning off the uniqueness checks temporarily during the import operation:

SET unique_checks=0;... import operation ...
SET unique_checks=1;

For big tables, this saves a lot of disk I/O because InnoDB can then use its insert buffer to write secondary index records as a batch. Be certain that the data contains no duplicate keys. unique_checks permits but does not require storage engines to ignore duplicate keys.

To get better control over the insertion process, it might be good to insert big tables in pieces:

INSERT INTO newtable SELECT * FROM oldtable
   WHERE yourkey > something AND yourkey <= somethingelse;

After all records have been inserted, you can rename the tables.

During the conversion of big tables, increase the size of the InnoDB buffer pool to reduce disk I/O. Do not use more than 80% of the physical memory, though. You can also increase the sizes of the InnoDB log files.

Make sure that you do not fill up the tablespace: InnoDB tables require a lot more disk space than MyISAM tables. If an ALTER TABLE operation runs out of space, it starts a rollback, and that can take hours if it is disk-bound. For inserts, InnoDB uses the insert buffer to merge secondary index records to indexes in batches. That saves a lot of disk I/O. For rollback, no such mechanism is used, and the rollback can take 30 times longer than the insertion.

In the case of a runaway rollback, if you do not have valuable data in your database, it may be advisable to kill the database process rather than wait for millions of disk I/O operations to complete. For the complete procedure, see Section 14.6.5.2, “Forcing InnoDB Recovery”.

If you want all your (nonsystem) tables to be created as InnoDB tables, add the line default-storage-engine=innodb to the [mysqld] section of your server option file.

14.6.3.3. AUTO_INCREMENT Handling in InnoDB

Beginning with MySQL 5.1.22, InnoDB provides a locking strategy that significantly improves scalability and performance of SQL statements that add rows to tables with AUTO_INCREMENT columns. To use the AUTO_INCREMENT mechanism with an InnoDB table, an AUTO_INCREMENT column ai_col must be defined as part of an index such that it is possible to perform the equivalent of an indexed SELECT MAX(ai_col) lookup on the table to obtain the maximum column value. Typically, this is achieved by making the column the first column of some table index.

This section provides background information on the original (traditional) implementation of auto-increment locking in InnoDB, explains the configurable locking mechanism, documents the parameter for configuring the mechanism, and describes its behavior and interaction with replication.

14.6.3.3.1. Traditional InnoDB Auto-Increment Locking

The original implementation of auto-increment handling in InnoDB uses the following strategy to prevent problems when using the binary log for statement-based replication or for certain recovery scenarios.

If you specify an AUTO_INCREMENT column for an InnoDB table, the table handle in the InnoDB data dictionary contains a special counter called the auto-increment counter that is used in assigning new values for the column. This counter is stored only in main memory, not on disk.

InnoDB uses the following algorithm to initialize the auto-increment counter for a table t that contains an AUTO_INCREMENT column named ai_col: After a server startup, for the first insert into a table t, InnoDB executes the equivalent of this statement:

SELECT MAX(ai_col) FROM t FOR UPDATE;

InnoDB increments the value retrieved by the statement and assigns it to the column and to the auto-increment counter for the table. By default, the value is incremented by one. This default can be overridden by the auto_increment_increment configuration setting.

If the table is empty, InnoDB uses the value 1. This default can be overridden by the auto_increment_offset configuration setting.

If a SHOW TABLE STATUS statement examines the table t before the auto-increment counter is initialized, InnoDB initializes but does not increment the value and stores it for use by later inserts. This initialization uses a normal exclusive-locking read on the table and the lock lasts to the end of the transaction.

InnoDB follows the same procedure for initializing the auto-increment counter for a freshly created table.

After the auto-increment counter has been initialized, if you do not explicitly specify a value for an AUTO_INCREMENT column, InnoDB increments the counter and assigns the new value to the column. If you insert a row that explicitly specifies the column value, and the value is bigger than the current counter value, the counter is set to the specified column value.

If a user specifies NULL or 0 for the AUTO_INCREMENT column in an INSERT, InnoDB treats the row as if the value was not specified and generates a new value for it.

The behavior of the auto-increment mechanism is not defined if you assign a negative value to the column, or if the value becomes bigger than the maximum integer that can be stored in the specified integer type.

When accessing the auto-increment counter, InnoDB uses a special table-level AUTO-INC lock that it keeps to the end of the current SQL statement, not to the end of the transaction. The special lock release strategy was introduced to improve concurrency for inserts into a table containing an AUTO_INCREMENT column. Nevertheless, two transactions cannot have the AUTO-INC lock on the same table simultaneously, which can have a performance impact if the AUTO-INC lock is held for a long time. That might be the case for a statement such as INSERT INTO t1 ... SELECT ... FROM t2 that inserts all rows from one table into another.

InnoDB uses the in-memory auto-increment counter as long as the server runs. When the server is stopped and restarted, InnoDB reinitializes the counter for each table for the first INSERT to the table, as described earlier.

A server restart also cancels the effect of the AUTO_INCREMENT = N table option in CREATE TABLE and ALTER TABLE statements, which you can use with InnoDB tables to set the initial counter value or alter the current counter value.

You may see gaps in the sequence of values assigned to the AUTO_INCREMENT column if you roll back transactions that have generated numbers using the counter.

14.6.3.3.2. Configurable InnoDB Auto-Increment Locking

As described in the previous section, InnoDB uses a special lock called the table-level AUTO-INC lock for inserts into tables with AUTO_INCREMENT columns. This lock is normally held to the end of the statement (not to the end of the transaction), to ensure that auto-increment numbers are assigned in a predictable and repeatable order for a given sequence of INSERT statements.

In the case of statement-based replication, this means that when an SQL statement is replicated on a slave server, the same values are used for the auto-increment column as on the master server. The result of execution of multiple INSERT statements is deterministic, and the slave reproduces the same data as on the master. If auto-increment values generated by multiple INSERT statements were interleaved, the result of two concurrent INSERT statements would be nondeterministic, and could not reliably be propagated to a slave server using statement-based replication.

To make this clear, consider an example that uses this table:

CREATE TABLE t1 (
  c1 INT(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  c2 VARCHAR(10) DEFAULT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (c1)
) ENGINE=InnoDB;

Suppose that there are two transactions running, each inserting rows into a table with an AUTO_INCREMENT column. One transaction is using an INSERT ... SELECT statement that inserts 1000 rows, and another is using a simple INSERT statement that inserts one row:

Tx1: INSERT INTO t1 (c2) SELECT 1000 rows from another table ...
Tx2: INSERT INTO t1 (c2) VALUES ('xxx');

InnoDB cannot tell in advance how many rows will be retrieved from the SELECT in the INSERT statement in Tx1, and it assigns the auto-increment values one at a time as the statement proceeds. With a table-level lock, held to the end of the statement, only one INSERT statement referring to table t1 can execute at a time, and the generation of auto-increment numbers by different statements is not interleaved. The auto-increment value generated by the Tx1 INSERT ... SELECT statement will be consecutive, and the (single) auto-increment value used by the INSERT statement in Tx2 will either be smaller or larger than all those used for Tx1, depending on which statement executes first.

As long as the SQL statements execute in the same order when replayed from the binary log (when using statement-based replication, or in recovery scenarios), the results will be the same as they were when Tx1 and Tx2 first ran. Thus, table-level locks held until the end of a statement make INSERT statements using auto-increment safe for use with statement-based replication. However, those locks limit concurrency and scalability when multiple transactions are executing insert statements at the same time.

In the preceding example, if there were no table-level lock, the value of the auto-increment column used for the INSERT in Tx2 depends on precisely when the statement executes. If the INSERT of Tx2 executes while the INSERT of Tx1 is running (rather than before it starts or after it completes), the specific auto-increment values assigned by the two INSERT statements are nondeterministic, and may vary from run to run.

As of MySQL 5.1.22, InnoDB can avoid using the table-level AUTO-INC lock for a class of INSERT statements where the number of rows is known in advance, and still preserve deterministic execution and safety for statement-based replication. Further, if you are not using the binary log to replay SQL statements as part of recovery or replication, you can entirely eliminate use of the table-level AUTO-INC lock for even greater concurrency and performance, at the cost of permitting gaps in auto-increment numbers assigned by a statement and potentially having the numbers assigned by concurrently executing statements interleaved.

For INSERT statements where the number of rows to be inserted is known at the beginning of processing the statement, InnoDB quickly allocates the required number of auto-increment values without taking any lock, but only if there is no concurrent session already holding the table-level AUTO-INC lock (because that other statement will be allocating auto-increment values one-by-one as it proceeds). More precisely, such an INSERT statement obtains auto-increment values under the control of a mutex (a light-weight lock) that is not held until the statement completes, but only for the duration of the allocation process.

This new locking scheme enables much greater scalability, but it does introduce some subtle differences in how auto-increment values are assigned compared to the original mechanism. To describe the way auto-increment works in InnoDB, the following discussion defines some terms, and explains how InnoDB behaves using different settings of the innodb_autoinc_lock_mode configuration parameter, which you can set at server startup as of MySQL 5.1.22. Additional considerations are described following the explanation of auto-increment locking behavior.

First, some definitions:

  • INSERT-like statements

    All statements that generate new rows in a table, including INSERT, INSERT ... SELECT, REPLACE, REPLACE ... SELECT, and LOAD DATA.

  • Simple inserts

    Statements for which the number of rows to be inserted can be determined in advance (when the statement is initially processed). This includes single-row and multiple-row INSERT and REPLACE statements that do not have a nested subquery, but not INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE.

  • Bulk inserts

    Statements for which the number of rows to be inserted (and the number of required auto-increment values) is not known in advance. This includes INSERT ... SELECT, REPLACE ... SELECT, and LOAD DATA statements, but not plain INSERT. InnoDB will assign new values for the AUTO_INCREMENT column one at a time as each row is processed.

  • Mixed-mode inserts

    These are simple insert statements that specify the auto-increment value for some (but not all) of the new rows. An example follows, where c1 is an AUTO_INCREMENT column of table t1:

    INSERT INTO t1 (c1,c2) VALUES (1,'a'), (NULL,'b'), (5,'c'), (NULL,'d');

    Another type of mixed-mode insert is INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE, which in the worst case is in effect an INSERT followed by a UPDATE, where the allocated value for the AUTO_INCREMENT column may or may not be used during the update phase.

There are three possible settings for the innodb_autoinc_lock_mode parameter:

  • innodb_autoinc_lock_mode = 0 (traditional lock mode)

    This lock mode provides the same behavior as before innodb_autoinc_lock_mode existed. For all INSERT-like statements, a special table-level AUTO-INC lock is obtained and held to the end of the statement. This assures that the auto-increment values assigned by any given statement are consecutive.

    This lock mode is provided for:

    • Backward compatibility.

    • Performance testing.

    • Working around issues with mixed-mode inserts, due to the possible differences in semantics described later.

  • innodb_autoinc_lock_mode = 1 (consecutive lock mode)

    This is the default lock mode. In this mode, bulk inserts use the special AUTO-INC table-level lock and hold it until the end of the statement. This applies to all INSERT ... SELECT, REPLACE ... SELECT, and LOAD DATA statements. Only one statement holding the AUTO-INC lock can execute at a time.

    With this lock mode, simple inserts (only) use a new locking model where a light-weight mutex is used during the allocation of auto-increment values, and no table-level AUTO-INC lock is used, unless an AUTO-INC lock is held by another transaction. If another transaction does hold an AUTO-INC lock, a simple insert waits for the AUTO-INC lock, as if it too were a bulk insert.

    This lock mode ensures that, in the presence of INSERT statements where the number of rows is not known in advance (and where auto-increment numbers are assigned as the statement progresses), all auto-increment values assigned by any INSERT-like statement are consecutive, and operations are safe for statement-based replication.

    Simply put, the important impact of this lock mode is significantly better scalability. This mode is safe for use with statement-based replication. Further, as with traditional lock mode, auto-increment numbers assigned by any given statement are consecutive. In this mode, there is no change in semantics compared to traditional mode for any statement that uses auto-increment, with one important exception.

    The exception is for mixed-mode inserts, where the user provides explicit values for an AUTO_INCREMENT column for some, but not all, rows in a multiple-row simple insert. For such inserts, InnoDB will allocate more auto-increment values than the number of rows to be inserted. However, all values automatically assigned are consecutively generated (and thus higher than) the auto-increment value generated by the most recently executed previous statement. Excess numbers are lost.

  • innodb_autoinc_lock_mode = 2 (interleaved lock mode)

    In this lock mode, no INSERT-like statements use the table-level AUTO-INC lock, and multiple statements can execute at the same time. This is the fastest and most scalable lock mode, but it is not safe when using statement-based replication or recovery scenarios when SQL statements are replayed from the binary log.

    In this lock mode, auto-increment values are guaranteed to be unique and monotonically increasing across all concurrently executing INSERT-like statements. However, because multiple statements can be generating numbers at the same time (that is, allocation of numbers is interleaved across statements), the values generated for the rows inserted by any given statement may not be consecutive.

    If the only statements executing are simple inserts where the number of rows to be inserted is known ahead of time, there will be no gaps in the numbers generated for a single statement, except for mixed-mode inserts. However, when bulk inserts are executed, there may be gaps in the auto-increment values assigned by any given statement.

The auto-increment locking modes provided by innodb_autoinc_lock_mode have several usage implications:

  • Using auto-increment with replication

    If you are using statement-based replication, set innodb_autoinc_lock_mode to 0 or 1 and use the same value on the master and its slaves. Auto-increment values are not ensured to be the same on the slaves as on the master if you use innodb_autoinc_lock_mode = 2 (interleaved) or configurations where the master and slaves do not use the same lock mode.

    If you are using row-based replication, all of the auto-increment lock modes are safe. Row-based replication is not sensitive to the order of execution of the SQL statements.

  • Lost auto-increment values and sequence gaps

    In all lock modes (0, 1, and 2), if a transaction that generated auto-increment values rolls back, those auto-increment values are lost. Once a value is generated for an auto-increment column, it cannot be rolled back, whether or not the INSERT-like statement is completed, and whether or not the containing transaction is rolled back. Such lost values are not reused. Thus, there may be gaps in the values stored in an AUTO_INCREMENT column of a table.

  • Gaps in auto-increment values for bulk inserts

    With innodb_autoinc_lock_mode set to 0 (traditional) or 1 (consecutive), the auto-increment values generated by any given statement will be consecutive, without gaps, because the table-level AUTO-INC lock is held until the end of the statement, and only one such statement can execute at a time.

    With innodb_autoinc_lock_mode set to 2 (interleaved), there may be gaps in the auto-increment values generated by bulk inserts, but only if there are concurrently executing INSERT-like statements.

    For lock modes 1 or 2, gaps may occur between successive statements because for bulk inserts the exact number of auto-increment values required by each statement may not be known and overestimation is possible.

  • Auto-increment values assigned by mixed-mode inserts

    Consider a mixed-mode insert, where a simple insert specifies the auto-increment value for some (but not all) resulting rows. Such a statement will behave differently in lock modes 0, 1, and 2. For example, assume c1 is an AUTO_INCREMENT column of table t1, and that the most recent automatically generated sequence number is 100. Consider the following mixed-mode insert statement:

    INSERT INTO t1 (c1,c2) VALUES (1,'a'), (NULL,'b'), (5,'c'), (NULL,'d');

    With innodb_autoinc_lock_mode set to 0 (traditional), the four new rows will be:

    +-----+------+
    | c1  | c2   |
    +-----+------+
    |   1 | a    |
    | 101 | b    |
    |   5 | c    |
    | 102 | d    |
    +-----+------+
    

    The next available auto-increment value will be 103 because the auto-increment values are allocated one at a time, not all at once at the beginning of statement execution. This result is true whether or not there are concurrently executing INSERT-like statements (of any type).

    With innodb_autoinc_lock_mode set to 1 (consecutive), the four new rows will also be:

    +-----+------+
    | c1  | c2   |
    +-----+------+
    |   1 | a    |
    | 101 | b    |
    |   5 | c    |
    | 102 | d    |
    +-----+------+

    However, in this case, the next available auto-increment value will be 105, not 103 because four auto-increment values are allocated at the time the statement is processed, but only two are used. This result is true whether or not there are concurrently executing INSERT-like statements (of any type).

    With innodb_autoinc_lock_mode set to mode 2 (interleaved), the four new rows will be:

    +-----+------+
    | c1  | c2   |
    +-----+------+
    |   1 | a    |
    |   x | b    |
    |   5 | c    |
    |   y | d    |
    +-----+------+
    

    The values of x and y will be unique and larger than any previously generated rows. However, the specific values of x and y will depend on the number of auto-increment values generated by concurrently executing statements.

    Finally, consider the following statement, issued when the most-recently generated sequence number was the value 4:

    INSERT INTO t1 (c1,c2) VALUES (1,'a'), (NULL,'b'), (5,'c'), (NULL,'d');

    With any innodb_autoinc_lock_mode setting, this statement will generate a duplicate-key error 23000 (Can't write; duplicate key in table) because 5 will be allocated for the row (NULL, 'b') and insertion of the row (5, 'c') will fail.

14.6.3.4. InnoDB and FOREIGN KEY Constraints

This section describes differences in the InnoDB storage engine' handling of foreign keys as compared with that of the MySQL Server.

Foreign Key Definitions

Foreign key definitions for InnoDB tables are subject to the following conditions:

  • InnoDB permits a foreign key to reference any index column or group of columns. However, in the referenced table, there must be an index where the referenced columns are listed as the first columns in the same order.

  • InnoDB does not currently support foreign keys for tables with user-defined partitioning. This means that no user-partitioned InnoDB table may contain foreign key references or columns referenced by foreign keys.

  • InnoDB allows a foreign key constraint to reference a non-unique key. This is an InnoDB extension to standard SQL.

Referential Actions

Referential actions for foreign keys of InnoDB tables are subject to the following conditions:

  • While SET DEFAULT is allowed by the MySQL Server, it is rejected as invalid by InnoDB. CREATE TABLE and ALTER TABLE statements using this clause are not allowed for InnoDB tables.

  • If there are several rows in the parent table that have the same referenced key value, InnoDB acts in foreign key checks as if the other parent rows with the same key value do not exist. For example, if you have defined a RESTRICT type constraint, and there is a child row with several parent rows, InnoDB does not permit the deletion of any of those parent rows.

  • InnoDB performs cascading operations through a depth-first algorithm, based on records in the indexes corresponding to the foreign key constraints.

  • If ON UPDATE CASCADE or ON UPDATE SET NULL recurses to update the same table it has previously updated during the cascade, it acts like RESTRICT. This means that you cannot use self-referential ON UPDATE CASCADE or ON UPDATE SET NULL operations. This is to prevent infinite loops resulting from cascaded updates. A self-referential ON DELETE SET NULL, on the other hand, is possible, as is a self-referential ON DELETE CASCADE. Cascading operations may not be nested more than 15 levels deep.

  • Like MySQL in general, in an SQL statement that inserts, deletes, or updates many rows, InnoDB checks UNIQUE and FOREIGN KEY constraints row-by-row. When performing foreign key checks, InnoDB sets shared row-level locks on child or parent records it has to look at. InnoDB checks foreign key constraints immediately; the check is not deferred to transaction commit. According to the SQL standard, the default behavior should be deferred checking. That is, constraints are only checked after the entire SQL statement has been processed. Until InnoDB implements deferred constraint checking, some things will be impossible, such as deleting a record that refers to itself using a foreign key.

Foreign Key Usage and Error Information

You can obtain general information about foreign keys and their usage from querying the INFORMATION_SCHEMA.KEY_COLUMN_USAGE table, and more information more specific to InnoDB tables can be found in the INNODB_SYS_FOREIGN and INNODB_SYS_FOREIGN_COLS tables, also in the INFORMATION_SCHEMA database. See also Section 13.1.17.2, “Using FOREIGN KEY Constraints”.

In addition to SHOW ERRORS, in the event of a foreign key error involving InnoDB tables (usually Error 150 in the MySQL Server), you can obtain a detailed explanation of the most recent InnoDB foreign key error by checking the output of SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS.

14.6.3.5. InnoDB and MySQL Replication

MySQL replication works for InnoDB tables as it does for MyISAM tables. It is also possible to use replication in a way where the storage engine on the slave is not the same as the original storage engine on the master. For example, you can replicate modifications to an InnoDB table on the master to a MyISAM table on the slave.

To set up a new slave for a master, you have to make a copy of the InnoDB tablespace and the log files, as well as the .frm files of the InnoDB tables, and move the copies to the slave. If the innodb_file_per_table variable is enabled, copy the .ibd files as well. For the proper procedure to do this, see Section 14.6.5, “Backing Up and Recovering an InnoDB Database”.

If you can shut down the master or an existing slave, you can take a cold backup of the InnoDB tablespace and log files and use that to set up a slave. To make a new slave without taking down any server you can also use the commercial MySQL Enterprise Backup tool.

You cannot set up replication for InnoDB using the LOAD TABLE FROM MASTER statement, which works only for MyISAM tables. There are two possible workarounds:

  • Dump the table on the master and import the dump file into the slave.

  • Use ALTER TABLE tbl_name ENGINE=MyISAM on the master before setting up replication with LOAD TABLE tbl_name FROM MASTER, and then use ALTER TABLE to convert the master table back to InnoDB afterward. However, this should not be done for tables that have foreign key definitions because the definitions will be lost.

Transactions that fail on the master do not affect replication at all. MySQL replication is based on the binary log where MySQL writes SQL statements that modify data. A transaction that fails (for example, because of a foreign key violation, or because it is rolled back) is not written to the binary log, so it is not sent to slaves. See Section 13.3.1, “START TRANSACTION, COMMIT, and ROLLBACK Syntax”.

Replication and CASCADE Cascading actions for InnoDB tables on the master are replicated on the slave only if the tables sharing the foreign key relation use InnoDB on both the master and slave. This is true whether you are using statement-based or row-based replication. Suppose that you have started replication, and then create two tables on the master using the following CREATE TABLE statements:

CREATE TABLE fc1 (
    i INT PRIMARY KEY,
    j INT
) ENGINE = InnoDB;

CREATE TABLE fc2 (
    m INT PRIMARY KEY,
    n INT,
    FOREIGN KEY ni (n) REFERENCES fc1 (i)
        ON DELETE CASCADE
) ENGINE = InnoDB;

Suppose that the slave does not have InnoDB support enabled. If this is the case, then the tables on the slave are created, but they use the MyISAM storage engine, and the FOREIGN KEY option is ignored. Now we insert some rows into the tables on the master:

master> INSERT INTO fc1 VALUES (1, 1), (2, 2);
Query OK, 2 rows affected (0.09 sec)
Records: 2  Duplicates: 0  Warnings: 0

master> INSERT INTO fc2 VALUES (1, 1), (2, 2), (3, 1);
Query OK, 3 rows affected (0.19 sec)
Records: 3  Duplicates: 0  Warnings: 0

At this point, on both the master and the slave, table fc1 contains 2 rows, and table fc2 contains 3 rows, as shown here:

master> SELECT * FROM fc1;
+---+------+
| i | j    |
+---+------+
| 1 |    1 |
| 2 |    2 |
+---+------+
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

master> SELECT * FROM fc2;
+---+------+
| m | n    |
+---+------+
| 1 |    1 |
| 2 |    2 |
| 3 |    1 |
+---+------+
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)

slave> SELECT * FROM fc1;
+---+------+
| i | j    |
+---+------+
| 1 |    1 |
| 2 |    2 |
+---+------+
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

slave> SELECT * FROM fc2;
+---+------+
| m | n    |
+---+------+
| 1 |    1 |
| 2 |    2 |
| 3 |    1 |
+---+------+
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Now suppose that you perform the following DELETE statement on the master:

master> DELETE FROM fc1 WHERE i=1;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.09 sec)

Due to the cascade, table fc2 on the master now contains only 1 row:

master> SELECT * FROM fc2;
+---+---+
| m | n |
+---+---+
| 2 | 2 |
+---+---+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

However, the cascade does not propagate on the slave because on the slave the DELETE for fc1 deletes no rows from fc2. The slave's copy of fc2 still contains all of the rows that were originally inserted:

slave> SELECT * FROM fc2;
+---+---+
| m | n |
+---+---+
| 1 | 1 |
| 3 | 1 |
| 2 | 2 |
+---+---+
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)

This difference is due to the fact that the cascading deletes are handled internally by the InnoDB storage engine, which means that none of the changes are logged.

14.6.4. Adding, Removing, or Resizing InnoDB Data and Log Files

This section describes what you can do when your InnoDB tablespace runs out of room or when you want to change the size of the log files.

The easiest way to increase the size of the InnoDB tablespace is to configure it from the beginning to be auto-extending. Specify the autoextend attribute for the last data file in the tablespace definition. Then InnoDB increases the size of that file automatically in 8MB increments when it runs out of space. The increment size can be changed by setting the value of the innodb_autoextend_increment system variable, which is measured in MB.

Alternatively, you can increase the size of your tablespace by adding another data file. To do this, you have to shut down the MySQL server, change the tablespace configuration to add a new data file to the end of innodb_data_file_path, and start the server again.

If your last data file was defined with the keyword autoextend, the procedure for reconfiguring the tablespace must take into account the size to which the last data file has grown. Obtain the size of the data file, round it down to the closest multiple of 1024 × 1024 bytes (= 1MB), and specify the rounded size explicitly in innodb_data_file_path. Then you can add another data file. Remember that only the last data file in the innodb_data_file_path can be specified as auto-extending.

As an example, assume that the tablespace has just one auto-extending data file ibdata1:

innodb_data_home_dir =
innodb_data_file_path = /ibdata/ibdata1:10M:autoextend

Suppose that this data file, over time, has grown to 988MB. Here is the configuration line after modifying the original data file to not be auto-extending and adding another auto-extending data file:

innodb_data_home_dir =
innodb_data_file_path = /ibdata/ibdata1:988M;/disk2/ibdata2:50M:autoextend

When you add a new file to the tablespace configuration, make sure that it does not exist. InnoDB will create and initialize the file when you restart the server.

Currently, you cannot remove a data file from the tablespace. To decrease the size of your tablespace, use this procedure:

  1. Use mysqldump to dump all your InnoDB tables.

  2. Stop the server.

  3. Remove all the existing tablespace files, including the ibdata and ib_log files. If you want to keep a backup copy of the information, then copy all the ib* files to another location before the removing the files in your MySQL installation.

  4. Remove any .frm files for InnoDB tables.

  5. Configure a new tablespace.

  6. Restart the server.

  7. Import the dump files.

If you want to change the number or the size of your InnoDB log files, use the following instructions. The procedure to use depends on the value of innodb_fast_shutdown:

  • If innodb_fast_shutdown is not set to 2: Stop the MySQL server and make sure that it shuts down without errors (to ensure that there is no information for outstanding transactions in the log). Copy the old log files into a safe place in case something went wrong during the shutdown and you need them to recover the tablespace. Delete the old log files from the log file directory, edit my.cnf to change the log file configuration, and start the MySQL server again. mysqld sees that no InnoDB log files exist at startup and creates new ones.

  • If innodb_fast_shutdown is set to 2: Set innodb_fast_shutdown to 1:

    mysql> SET GLOBAL innodb_fast_shutdown = 1;
    

    Then follow the instructions in the previous item.

14.6.5. Backing Up and Recovering an InnoDB Database

The key to safe database management is making regular backups. Depending on your data volume, number of MySQL servers, and database workload, you can use these techniques, alone or in combination: hot backup with MySQL Enterprise Backup; cold backup by copying files while the MySQL server is shut down; physical backup for fast operation (especially for restore); logical backup with mysqldump for smaller data volumes or to record the structure of schema objects.

Hot Backups

The mysqlbackup command, part of the MySQL Enterprise Backup component, lets you back up a running MySQL instance, including InnoDB and MyISAM tables, with minimal disruption to operations while producing a consistent snapshot of the database. When mysqlbackup is copying InnoDB tables, reads and writes to both InnoDB and MyISAM tables can continue. During the copying of MyISAM tables, reads (but not writes) to those tables are permitted. MySQL Enterprise Backup can also create compressed backup files, and back up subsets of tables and databases. In conjunction with MySQL’s binary log, users can perform point-in-time recovery. MySQL Enterprise Backup is part of the MySQL Enterprise subscription. For more details, see Section 23.2, “MySQL Enterprise Backup”.

Cold Backups

If you can shut down your MySQL server, you can make a binary backup that consists of all files used by InnoDB to manage its tables. Use the following procedure:

  1. Do a slow shutdown of the MySQL server and make sure that it stops without errors.

  2. Copy all InnoDB data files (ibdata files and .ibd files) into a safe place.

  3. Copy all the .frm files for InnoDB tables to a safe place.

  4. Copy all InnoDB log files (ib_logfile files) to a safe place.

  5. Copy your my.cnf configuration file or files to a safe place.

Alternative Backup Types

In addition to making binary backups as just described, regularly make dumps of your tables with mysqldump. A binary file might be corrupted without you noticing it. Dumped tables are stored into text files that are human-readable, so spotting table corruption becomes easier. Also, because the format is simpler, the chance for serious data corruption is smaller. mysqldump also has a --single-transaction option for making a consistent snapshot without locking out other clients. See Section 7.3.1, “Establishing a Backup Policy”.

Replication works with InnoDB tables, so you can use MySQL replication capabilities to keep a copy of your database at database sites requiring high availability.

Performing Recovery

To recover your InnoDB database to the present from the time at which the binary backup was made, you must run your MySQL server with binary logging turned on, even before taking the backup. To achieve point-in-time recovery after restoring a backup, you can apply changes from the binary log that occurred after the backup was made. See Section 7.5, “Point-in-Time (Incremental) Recovery Using the Binary Log”.

To recover from a crash of your MySQL server, the only requirement is to restart it. InnoDB automatically checks the logs and performs a roll-forward of the database to the present. InnoDB automatically rolls back uncommitted transactions that were present at the time of the crash. During recovery, mysqld displays output something like this:

InnoDB: Database was not shut down normally.
InnoDB: Starting recovery from log files...
InnoDB: Starting log scan based on checkpoint at
InnoDB: log sequence number 0 13674004
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 13739520
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 13805056
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 13870592
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 13936128
...
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 20555264
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 20620800
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 0 20664692
InnoDB: 1 uncommitted transaction(s) which must be rolled back
InnoDB: Starting rollback of uncommitted transactions
InnoDB: Rolling back trx no 16745
InnoDB: Rolling back of trx no 16745 completed
InnoDB: Rollback of uncommitted transactions completed
InnoDB: Starting an apply batch of log records to the database...
InnoDB: Apply batch completed
InnoDB: Started
mysqld: ready for connections

If your database becomes corrupted or disk failure occurs, you must perform the recovery using a backup. In the case of corruption, first find a backup that is not corrupted. After restoring the base backup, do a point-in-time recovery from the binary log files using mysqlbinlog and mysql to restore the changes that occurred after the backup was made.

In some cases of database corruption it is enough just to dump, drop, and re-create one or a few corrupt tables. You can use the CHECK TABLE SQL statement to check whether a table is corrupt, although CHECK TABLE naturally cannot detect every possible kind of corruption. You can use the Tablespace Monitor to check the integrity of the file space management inside the tablespace files.

In some cases, apparent database page corruption is actually due to the operating system corrupting its own file cache, and the data on disk may be okay. It is best first to try restarting your computer. Doing so may eliminate errors that appeared to be database page corruption.

14.6.5.1. The InnoDB Recovery Process

InnoDB crash recovery consists of several steps. The first step, redo log application, is performed during the initialization, before accepting any connections. If all changes were flushed from the buffer pool to the tablespaces (ibdata* and *.ibd files) at the time of the shutdown or crash, the redo log application can be skipped. If the redo log files are missing at startup, InnoDB skips the redo log application.

The remaining steps after redo log application do not depend on the redo log (other than for logging the writes) and are performed in parallel with normal processing. These include:

  • Rolling back incomplete transactions: Any transactions that were active at the time of crash or fast shutdown.

  • Insert buffer merge: Applying changes from the insert buffer tree (from the shared tablespace) to leaf pages of secondary indexes as the index pages are read to the buffer pool.

  • Purge: Deleting delete-marked records that are no longer visible for any active transaction.

Of these, only rollback of incomplete transactions is special to crash recovery. The insert buffer merge and the purge are performed during normal processing.

14.6.5.2. Forcing InnoDB Recovery

If there is database page corruption, you may want to dump your tables from the database with SELECT ... INTO OUTFILE. Usually, most of the data obtained in this way is intact. However, it is possible that the corruption might cause SELECT * FROM tbl_name statements or InnoDB background operations to crash or assert, or even cause InnoDB roll-forward recovery to crash. In such cases, you can use the innodb_force_recovery option to force the InnoDB storage engine to start up while preventing background operations from running, so that you are able to dump your tables. For example, you can add the following line to the [mysqld] section of your option file before restarting the server:

[mysqld]
innodb_force_recovery = 4

innodb_force_recovery is 0 by default (normal startup without forced recovery). The permissible nonzero values for innodb_force_recovery follow. A larger number includes all precautions of smaller numbers. If you are able to dump your tables with an option value of at most 4, then you are relatively safe that only some data on corrupt individual pages is lost. A value of 6 is more drastic because database pages are left in an obsolete state, which in turn may introduce more corruption into B-trees and other database structures.

  • 1 (SRV_FORCE_IGNORE_CORRUPT)

    Let the server run even if it detects a corrupt page. Try to make SELECT * FROM tbl_name jump over corrupt index records and pages, which helps in dumping tables.

  • 2 (SRV_FORCE_NO_BACKGROUND)

    Prevent the master thread from running. If a crash would occur during the purge operation, this recovery value prevents it.

  • 3 (SRV_FORCE_NO_TRX_UNDO)

    Do not run transaction rollbacks after crash recovery.

  • 4 (SRV_FORCE_NO_IBUF_MERGE)

    Prevent insert buffer merge operations. If they would cause a crash, do not do them. Do not calculate table statistics.

  • 5 (SRV_FORCE_NO_UNDO_LOG_SCAN)

    Do not look at undo logs when starting the database: InnoDB treats even incomplete transactions as committed.

  • 6 (SRV_FORCE_NO_LOG_REDO)

    Do not do the redo log roll-forward in connection with recovery.

The database must not otherwise be used with any nonzero value of innodb_force_recovery. As a safety measure, InnoDB prevents users from performing INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE operations when innodb_force_recovery is greater than 0.

You can SELECT from tables to dump them, or DROP or CREATE tables even if forced recovery is used. If you know that a given table is causing a crash on rollback, you can drop it. You can also use this to stop a runaway rollback caused by a failing mass import or ALTER TABLE. You can kill the mysqld process and set innodb_force_recovery to 3 to bring the database up without the rollback, then DROP the table that is causing the runaway rollback.

14.6.5.3. InnoDB Checkpoints

InnoDB implements a checkpoint mechanism known as fuzzy checkpointing. InnoDB flushes modified database pages from the buffer pool in small batches. There is no need to flush the buffer pool in one single batch, which would in practice stop processing of user SQL statements during the checkpointing process.

During crash recovery, InnoDB looks for a checkpoint label written to the log files. It knows that all modifications to the database before the label are present in the disk image of the database. Then InnoDB scans the log files forward from the checkpoint, applying the logged modifications to the database.

InnoDB writes to its log files on a rotating basis. It also writes checkpoint information to the first log file at each checkpoint. All committed modifications that make the database pages in the buffer pool different from the images on disk must be available in the log files in case InnoDB has to do a recovery. This means that when InnoDB starts to reuse a log file, it has to make sure that the database page images on disk contain the modifications logged in the log file that InnoDB is going to reuse. In other words, InnoDB must create a checkpoint and this often involves flushing of modified database pages to disk.

The preceding description explains why making your log files very large may reduce disk I/O in checkpointing. It often makes sense to set the total size of the log files as large as the buffer pool or even larger. The disadvantage of using large log files is that crash recovery can take longer because there is more logged information to apply to the database.

14.6.6. Moving or Copying InnoDB Tables to Another Machine

This section explains various techniques for moving or copying some or all InnoDB tables to a different server. For example, you might move an entire MySQL instance to a larger, faster server; you might clone an entire MySQL instance to a new replication slave server; you might copy individual tables to another server to development and test an application, or to a data warehouse server to produce reports.

On Windows, InnoDB always stores database and table names internally in lowercase. To move databases in a binary format from Unix to Windows or from Windows to Unix, create all databases and tables using lowercase names. A convenient way to accomplish this is to add the following line to the [mysqld] section of your my.cnf or my.ini file before creating any databases or tables:

[mysqld]
lower_case_table_names=1

Like MyISAM data files, InnoDB data and log files are binary-compatible on all platforms having the same floating-point number format. You can move an InnoDB database simply by copying all the relevant files listed in Section 14.6.5, “Backing Up and Recovering an InnoDB Database”. If the floating-point formats differ but you have not used FLOAT or DOUBLE data types in your tables, then the procedure is the same: simply copy the relevant files. If you use mysqldump to dump your tables on one machine and then import the dump files on the other machine, it does not matter whether the formats differ or your tables contain floating-point data.

One way to increase performance is to switch off autocommit mode when importing data, assuming that the tablespace has enough space for the big rollback segment that the import transactions generate. Do the commit only after importing a whole table or a segment of a table.

14.6.7. The InnoDB Transaction Model and Locking

In the InnoDB transaction model, the goal is to combine the best properties of a multi-versioning database with traditional two-phase locking. InnoDB does locking on the row level and runs queries as nonlocking consistent reads by default, in the style of Oracle. The lock table in InnoDB is stored so space-efficiently that lock escalation is not needed: Typically, several users are permitted to lock every row in InnoDB tables, or any random subset of the rows, without causing InnoDB memory exhaustion.

In InnoDB, all user activity occurs inside a transaction. If autocommit mode is enabled, each SQL statement forms a single transaction on its own. By default, MySQL starts the session for each new connection with autocommit enabled, so MySQL does a commit after each SQL statement if that statement did not return an error. If a statement returns an error, the commit or rollback behavior depends on the error. See Section 14.6.11, “InnoDB Error Handling”.

A session that has autocommit enabled can perform a multiple-statement transaction by starting it with an explicit START TRANSACTION or BEGIN statement and ending it with a COMMIT or ROLLBACK statement. See Section 13.3.1, “START TRANSACTION, COMMIT, and ROLLBACK Syntax”.

If autocommit mode is disabled within a session with SET autocommit = 0, the session always has a transaction open. A COMMIT or ROLLBACK statement ends the current transaction and a new one starts.

A COMMIT means that the changes made in the current transaction are made permanent and become visible to other sessions. A ROLLBACK statement, on the other hand, cancels all modifications made by the current transaction. Both COMMIT and ROLLBACK release all InnoDB locks that were set during the current transaction.

In terms of the SQL:1992 transaction isolation levels, the default InnoDB level is REPEATABLE READ. InnoDB offers all four transaction isolation levels described by the SQL standard: READ UNCOMMITTED, READ COMMITTED, REPEATABLE READ, and SERIALIZABLE.

A user can change the isolation level for a single session or for all subsequent connections with the SET TRANSACTION statement. To set the server's default isolation level for all connections, use the --transaction-isolation option on the command line or in an option file. For detailed information about isolation levels and level-setting syntax, see Section 13.3.6, “SET TRANSACTION Syntax”.

In row-level locking, InnoDB normally uses next-key locking. That means that besides index records, InnoDB can also lock the gap preceding an index record to block insertions by other sessions in the gap immediately before the index record. A next-key lock refers to a lock that locks an index record and the gap before it. A gap lock refers to a lock that locks only the gap before some index record.

For more information about row-level locking, and the circumstances under which gap locking is disabled, see Section 14.6.7.4, “InnoDB Record, Gap, and Next-Key Locks”.

14.6.7.1. InnoDB Lock Modes

InnoDB implements standard row-level locking where there are two types of locks:

  • A shared (S) lock permits a transaction to read a row.

  • An exclusive (X) lock permits a transaction to update or delete a row.

If transaction T1 holds a shared (S) lock on row r, then requests from some distinct transaction T2 for a lock on row r are handled as follows:

  • A request by T2 for an S lock can be granted immediately. As a result, both T1 and T2 hold an S lock on r.

  • A request by T2 for an X lock cannot be granted immediately.

If a transaction T1 holds an exclusive (X) lock on row r, a request from some distinct transaction T2 for a lock of either type on r cannot be granted immediately. Instead, transaction T2 has to wait for transaction T1 to release its lock on row r.

Additionally, InnoDB supports multiple granularity locking which permits coexistence of record locks and locks on entire tables. To make locking at multiple granularity levels practical, additional types of locks called intention locks are used. Intention locks are table locks in InnoDB. The idea behind intention locks is for a transaction to indicate which type of lock (shared or exclusive) it will require later for a row in that table. There are two types of intention locks used in InnoDB (assume that transaction T has requested a lock of the indicated type on table t):

  • Intention shared (IS): Transaction T intends to set S locks on individual rows in table t.

  • Intention exclusive (IX): Transaction T intends to set X locks on those rows.

For example, SELECT ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE sets an IS lock and SELECT ... FOR UPDATE sets an IX lock.

The intention locking protocol is as follows:

  • Before a transaction can acquire an S lock on a row in table t, it must first acquire an IS or stronger lock on t.

  • Before a transaction can acquire an X lock on a row, it must first acquire an IX lock on t.

These rules can be conveniently summarized by means of the following lock type compatibility matrix.

 XIXSIS
XConflictConflictConflictConflict
IXConflictCompatibleConflictCompatible
SConflictConflictCompatibleCompatible
ISConflictCompatibleCompatibleCompatible

A lock is granted to a requesting transaction if it is compatible with existing locks, but not if it conflicts with existing locks. A transaction waits until the conflicting existing lock is released. If a lock request conflicts with an existing lock and cannot be granted because it would cause deadlock, an error occurs.

Thus, intention locks do not block anything except full table requests (for example, LOCK TABLES ... WRITE). The main purpose of IX and IS locks is to show that someone is locking a row, or going to lock a row in the table.

The following example illustrates how an error can occur when a lock request would cause a deadlock. The example involves two clients, A and B.

First, client A creates a table containing one row, and then begins a transaction. Within the transaction, A obtains an S lock on the row by selecting it in share mode:

mysql> CREATE TABLE t (i INT) ENGINE = InnoDB;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (1.07 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO t (i) VALUES(1);
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.09 sec)

mysql> START TRANSACTION;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> SELECT * FROM t WHERE i = 1 LOCK IN SHARE MODE;
+------+
| i    |
+------+
|    1 |
+------+
1 row in set (0.10 sec)

Next, client B begins a transaction and attempts to delete the row from the table:

mysql> START TRANSACTION;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> DELETE FROM t WHERE i = 1;

The delete operation requires an X lock. The lock cannot be granted because it is incompatible with the S lock that client A holds, so the request goes on the queue of lock requests for the row and client B blocks.

Finally, client A also attempts to delete the row from the table:

mysql> DELETE FROM t WHERE i = 1;
ERROR 1213 (40001): Deadlock found when trying to get lock;
try restarting transaction

Deadlock occurs here because client A needs an X lock to delete the row. However, that lock request cannot be granted because client B already has a request for an X lock and is waiting for client A to release its S lock. Nor can the S lock held by A be upgraded to an X lock because of the prior request by B for an X lock. As a result, InnoDB generates an error for one of the clients and releases its locks. The client returns this error:

ERROR 1213 (40001): Deadlock found when trying to get lock;
try restarting transaction

At that point, the lock request for the other client can be granted and it deletes the row from the table.

14.6.7.2. Consistent Nonlocking Reads

A consistent read means that InnoDB uses multi-versioning to present to a query a snapshot of the database at a point in time. The query sees the changes made by transactions that committed before that point of time, and no changes made by later or uncommitted transactions. The exception to this rule is that the query sees the changes made by earlier statements within the same transaction. This exception causes the following anomaly: If you update some rows in a table, a SELECT sees the latest version of the updated rows, but it might also see older versions of any rows. If other sessions simultaneously update the same table, the anomaly means that you might see the table in a state that never existed in the database.

If the transaction isolation level is REPEATABLE READ (the default level), all consistent reads within the same transaction read the snapshot established by the first such read in that transaction. You can get a fresher snapshot for your queries by committing the current transaction and after that issuing new queries.

With READ COMMITTED isolation level, each consistent read within a transaction sets and reads its own fresh snapshot.

Consistent read is the default mode in which InnoDB processes SELECT statements in READ COMMITTED and REPEATABLE READ isolation levels. A consistent read does not set any locks on the tables it accesses, and therefore other sessions are free to modify those tables at the same time a consistent read is being performed on the table.

Suppose that you are running in the default REPEATABLE READ isolation level. When you issue a consistent read (that is, an ordinary SELECT statement), InnoDB gives your transaction a timepoint according to which your query sees the database. If another transaction deletes a row and commits after your timepoint was assigned, you do not see the row as having been deleted. Inserts and updates are treated similarly.

Note

The snapshot of the database state applies to SELECT statements within a transaction, not necessarily to DML statements. If you insert or modify some rows and then commit that transaction, a DELETE or UPDATE statement issued from another concurrent REPEATABLE READ transaction could affect those just-committed rows, even though the session could not query them. If a transaction does update or delete rows committed by a different transaction, those changes do become visible to the current transaction. For example, you might encounter a situation like the following:

SELECT COUNT(c1) FROM t1 WHERE c1 = 'xyz'; -- Returns 0: no rows match.
DELETE FROM t1 WHERE c1 = 'xyz'; -- Deletes several rows recently committed by other transaction.

SELECT COUNT(c2) FROM t1 WHERE c2 = 'abc'; -- Returns 0: no rows match.
UPDATE t1 SET c2 = 'cba' WHERE c2 = 'abc'; -- Affects 10 rows: another txn just committed 10 rows with 'abc' values.
SELECT COUNT(c2) FROM t1 WHERE c2 = 'cba'; -- Returns 10: this txn can now see the rows it just updated.

You can advance your timepoint by committing your transaction and then doing another SELECT or START TRANSACTION WITH CONSISTENT SNAPSHOT.

This is called multi-versioned concurrency control.

In the following example, session A sees the row inserted by B only when B has committed the insert and A has committed as well, so that the timepoint is advanced past the commit of B.

             Session A              Session B

           SET autocommit=0;      SET autocommit=0;
time
|          SELECT * FROM t;
|          empty set
|                                 INSERT INTO t VALUES (1, 2);
|
v          SELECT * FROM t;
           empty set
                                  COMMIT;

           SELECT * FROM t;
           empty set

           COMMIT;

           SELECT * FROM t;
           ---------------------
           |    1    |    2    |
           ---------------------
           1 row in set

If you want to see the freshest state of the database, use either the READ COMMITTED isolation level or a locking read:

SELECT * FROM t LOCK IN SHARE MODE;

With READ COMMITTED isolation level, each consistent read within a transaction sets and reads its own fresh snapshot. With LOCK IN SHARE MODE, a locking read occurs instead: A SELECT blocks until the transaction containing the freshest rows ends (see Section 14.6.7.3, “SELECT ... FOR UPDATE and SELECT ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE Locking Reads”).

Consistent read does not work over certain DDL statements:

  • Consistent read does not work over DROP TABLE, because MySQL cannot use a table that has been dropped and InnoDB destroys the table.

  • Consistent read does not work over ALTER TABLE, because that statement makes a temporary copy of the original table and deletes the original table when the temporary copy is built. When you reissue a consistent read within a transaction, rows in the new table are not visible because those rows did not exist when the transaction's snapshot was taken.

The type of read varies for selects in clauses like INSERT INTO ... SELECT, UPDATE ... (SELECT), and CREATE TABLE ... SELECT that do not specify FOR UPDATE or LOCK IN SHARE MODE:

14.6.7.3. SELECT ... FOR UPDATE and SELECT ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE Locking Reads

If you query data and then insert or update related data within the same transaction, the regular SELECT statement does not give enough protection. Other transactions can update or delete the same rows you just queried. InnoDB supports two types of locking reads that offer extra safety:

  • SELECT ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE sets a shared mode lock on any rows that are read. Other sessions can read the rows, but cannot modify them until your transaction commits. If any of these rows were changed by another transaction that has not yet committed, your query waits until that transaction ends and then uses the latest values.

  • SELECT ... FOR UPDATE locks the rows and any associated index entries, the same as if you issued an UPDATE statement for those rows. Other transactions are blocked from updating those rows, from doing SELECT ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE, or from reading the data in certain transaction isolation levels. Consistent reads ignore any locks set on the records that exist in the read view. (Old versions of a record cannot be locked; they are reconstructed by applying undo logs on an in-memory copy of the record.)

These clauses are primarily useful when dealing with tree-structured or graph-structured data, either in a single table or split across multiple tables.

All locks set by LOCK IN SHARE MODE and FOR UPDATE reads are released when the transaction is committed or rolled back.

Note

Locking of rows for update using SELECT FOR UPDATE only applies when autocommit is disabled (either by beginning transaction with START TRANSACTION or by setting autocommit to 0. If autocommit is enabled, the rows matching the specification are not locked.

Usage Examples

Suppose that you want to insert a new row into a table child, and make sure that the child row has a parent row in table parent. Your application code can ensure referential integrity throughout this sequence of operations.

First, use a consistent read to query the table PARENT and verify that the parent row exists. Can you safely insert the child row to table CHILD? No, because some other session could delete the parent row in the moment between your SELECT and your INSERT, without you being aware of it.

To avoid this potential issue, perform the SELECT using LOCK IN SHARE MODE:

SELECT * FROM parent WHERE NAME = 'Jones' LOCK IN SHARE MODE;

After the LOCK IN SHARE MODE query returns the parent 'Jones', you can safely add the child record to the CHILD table and commit the transaction. Any transaction that tries to read or write to the applicable row in the PARENT table waits until you are finished, that is, the data in all tables is in a consistent state.

For another example, consider an integer counter field in a table CHILD_CODES, used to assign a unique identifier to each child added to table CHILD. Do not use either consistent read or a shared mode read to read the present value of the counter, because two users of the database could see the same value for the counter, and a duplicate-key error occurs if two transactions attempt to add rows with the same identifier to the CHILD table.

Here, LOCK IN SHARE MODE is not a good solution because if two users read the counter at the same time, at least one of them ends up in deadlock when it attempts to update the counter.

Here are two ways to implement reading and incrementing the counter without interference from another transaction:

  • First update the counter by incrementing it by 1, then read it and use the new value in the CHILD table. Any other transaction that tries to read the counter waits until your transaction commits. If another transaction is in the middle of this same sequence, your transaction waits until the other one commits.

  • First perform a locking read of the counter using FOR UPDATE, and then increment the counter:

    SELECT counter_field FROM child_codes FOR UPDATE;
    UPDATE child_codes SET counter_field = counter_field + 1;

A SELECT ... FOR UPDATE reads the latest available data, setting exclusive locks on each row it reads. Thus, it sets the same locks a searched SQL UPDATE would set on the rows.

The preceding description is merely an example of how SELECT ... FOR UPDATE works. In MySQL, the specific task of generating a unique identifier actually can be accomplished using only a single access to the table:

UPDATE child_codes SET counter_field = LAST_INSERT_ID(counter_field + 1);
SELECT LAST_INSERT_ID();

The SELECT statement merely retrieves the identifier information (specific to the current connection). It does not access any table.

14.6.7.4. InnoDB Record, Gap, and Next-Key Locks

InnoDB has several types of record-level locks:

  • Record lock: This is a lock on an index record.

  • Gap lock: This is a lock on a gap between index records, or a lock on the gap before the first or after the last index record.

  • Next-key lock: This is a combination of a record lock on the index record and a gap lock on the gap before the index record.

Record locks always lock index records, even if a table is defined with no indexes. For such cases, InnoDB creates a hidden clustered index and uses this index for record locking. See Section 14.6.9.1, “Clustered and Secondary Indexes”.

By default, InnoDB operates in REPEATABLE READ transaction isolation level and with the innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog system variable disabled. In this case, InnoDB uses next-key locks for searches and index scans, which prevents phantom rows (see Section 14.6.7.5, “Avoiding the Phantom Problem Using Next-Key Locking”).

Next-key locking combines index-row locking with gap locking. InnoDB performs row-level locking in such a way that when it searches or scans a table index, it sets shared or exclusive locks on the index records it encounters. Thus, the row-level locks are actually index-record locks. In addition, a next-key lock on an index record also affects the gap before that index record. That is, a next-key lock is an index-record lock plus a gap lock on the gap preceding the index record. If one session has a shared or exclusive lock on record R in an index, another session cannot insert a new index record in the gap immediately before R in the index order.

Suppose that an index contains the values 10, 11, 13, and 20. The possible next-key locks for this index cover the following intervals, where ( or ) denote exclusion of the interval endpoint and [ or ] denote inclusion of the endpoint:

(negative infinity, 10]
(10, 11]
(11, 13]
(13, 20]
(20, positive infinity)

For the last interval, the next-key lock locks the gap above the largest value in the index and the supremum pseudo-record having a value higher than any value actually in the index. The supremum is not a real index record, so, in effect, this next-key lock locks only the gap following the largest index value.

The preceding example shows that a gap might span a single index value, multiple index values, or even be empty.

Gap locking is not needed for statements that lock rows using a unique index to search for a unique row. (This does not include the case that the search condition includes only some columns of a multiple-column unique index; in that case, gap locking does occur.) For example, if the id column has a unique index, the following statement uses only an index-record lock for the row having id value 100 and it does not matter whether other sessions insert rows in the preceding gap:

SELECT * FROM child WHERE id = 100;

If id is not indexed or has a nonunique index, the statement does lock the preceding gap.

A type of gap lock called an insertion intention gap lock is set by INSERT operations prior to row insertion. This lock signals the intent to insert in such a way that multiple transactions inserting into the same index gap need not wait for each other if they are not inserting at the same position within the gap. Suppose that there are index records with values of 4 and 7. Separate transactions that attempt to insert values of 5 and 6 each lock the gap between 4 and 7 with insert intention locks prior to obtaining the exclusive lock on the inserted row, but do not block each other because the rows are nonconflicting.

Gap locking can be disabled explicitly. This occurs if you change the transaction isolation level to READ COMMITTED or enable the innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog system variable. Under these circumstances, gap locking is disabled for searches and index scans and is used only for foreign-key constraint checking and duplicate-key checking.

There are also other effects of using the READ COMMITTED isolation level or enabling innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog: Record locks for nonmatching rows are released after MySQL has evaluated the WHERE condition. For UPDATE statements, InnoDB does a semi-consistent read, such that it returns the latest committed version to MySQL so that MySQL can determine whether the row matches the WHERE condition of the UPDATE.

14.6.7.5. Avoiding the Phantom Problem Using Next-Key Locking

The so-called phantom problem occurs within a transaction when the same query produces different sets of rows at different times. For example, if a SELECT is executed twice, but returns a row the second time that was not returned the first time, the row is a phantom row.

Suppose that there is an index on the id column of the child table and that you want to read and lock all rows from the table having an identifier value larger than 100, with the intention of updating some column in the selected rows later:

SELECT * FROM child WHERE id > 100 FOR UPDATE;

The query scans the index starting from the first record where id is bigger than 100. Let the table contain rows having id values of 90 and 102. If the locks set on the index records in the scanned range do not lock out inserts made in the gaps (in this case, the gap between 90 and 102), another session can insert a new row into the table with an id of 101. If you were to execute the same SELECT within the same transaction, you would see a new row with an id of 101 (a phantom) in the result set returned by the query. If we regard a set of rows as a data item, the new phantom child would violate the isolation principle of transactions that a transaction should be able to run so that the data it has read does not change during the transaction.

To prevent phantoms, InnoDB uses an algorithm called next-key locking that combines index-row locking with gap locking. InnoDB performs row-level locking in such a way that when it searches or scans a table index, it sets shared or exclusive locks on the index records it encounters. Thus, the row-level locks are actually index-record locks. In addition, a next-key lock on an index record also affects the gap before that index record. That is, a next-key lock is an index-record lock plus a gap lock on the gap preceding the index record. If one session has a shared or exclusive lock on record R in an index, another session cannot insert a new index record in the gap immediately before R in the index order.

When InnoDB scans an index, it can also lock the gap after the last record in the index. Just that happens in the preceding example: To prevent any insert into the table where id would be bigger than 100, the locks set by InnoDB include a lock on the gap following id value 102.

You can use next-key locking to implement a uniqueness check in your application: If you read your data in share mode and do not see a duplicate for a row you are going to insert, then you can safely insert your row and know that the next-key lock set on the successor of your row during the read prevents anyone meanwhile inserting a duplicate for your row. Thus, the next-key locking enables you to lock the nonexistence of something in your table.

Gap locking can be disabled as discussed in Section 14.6.7.4, “InnoDB Record, Gap, and Next-Key Locks”. This may cause phantom problems because other sessions can insert new rows into the gaps when gap locking is disabled.

14.6.7.6. Locks Set by Different SQL Statements in InnoDB

A locking read, an UPDATE, or a DELETE generally set record locks on every index record that is scanned in the processing of the SQL statement. It does not matter whether there are WHERE conditions in the statement that would exclude the row. InnoDB does not remember the exact WHERE condition, but only knows which index ranges were scanned. The locks are normally next-key locks that also block inserts into the gap immediately before the record. However, gap locking can be disabled explicitly, which causes next-key locking not to be used. For more information, see Section 14.6.7.4, “InnoDB Record, Gap, and Next-Key Locks”. The transaction isolation level also can affect which locks are set; see Section 13.3.6, “SET TRANSACTION Syntax”.

If a secondary index is used in a search and index record locks to be set are exclusive, InnoDB also retrieves the corresponding clustered index records and sets locks on them.

Differences between shared and exclusive locks are described in Section 14.6.7.1, “InnoDB Lock Modes”.

If you have no indexes suitable for your statement and MySQL must scan the entire table to process the statement, every row of the table becomes locked, which in turn blocks all inserts by other users to the table. It is important to create good indexes so that your queries do not unnecessarily scan many rows.

For SELECT ... FOR UPDATE or SELECT ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE, locks are acquired for scanned rows, and expected to be released for rows that do not qualify for inclusion in the result set (for example, if they do not meet the criteria given in the WHERE clause). However, in some cases, rows might not be unlocked immediately because the relationship between a result row and its original source is lost during query execution. For example, in a UNION, scanned (and locked) rows from a table might be inserted into a temporary table before evaluation whether they qualify for the result set. In this circumstance, the relationship of the rows in the temporary table to the rows in the original table is lost and the latter rows are not unlocked until the end of query execution.

InnoDB sets specific types of locks as follows.

  • SELECT ... FROM is a consistent read, reading a snapshot of the database and setting no locks unless the transaction isolation level is set to SERIALIZABLE. For SERIALIZABLE level, the search sets shared next-key locks on the index records it encounters.

  • SELECT ... FROM ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE sets shared next-key locks on all index records the search encounters.

  • For index records the search encounters, SELECT ... FROM ... FOR UPDATE blocks other sessions from doing SELECT ... FROM ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE or from reading in certain transaction isolation levels. Consistent reads will ignore any locks set on the records that exist in the read view.

  • UPDATE ... WHERE ... sets an exclusive next-key lock on every record the search encounters.

  • DELETE FROM ... WHERE ... sets an exclusive next-key lock on every record the search encounters.

  • INSERT sets an exclusive lock on the inserted row. This lock is an index-record lock, not a next-key lock (that is, there is no gap lock) and does not prevent other sessions from inserting into the gap before the inserted row.

    Prior to inserting the row, a type of gap lock called an insertion intention gap lock is set. This lock signals the intent to insert in such a way that multiple transactions inserting into the same index gap need not wait for each other if they are not inserting at the same position within the gap. Suppose that there are index records with values of 4 and 7. Separate transactions that attempt to insert values of 5 and 6 each lock the gap between 4 and 7 with insert intention locks prior to obtaining the exclusive lock on the inserted row, but do not block each other because the rows are nonconflicting.

    If a duplicate-key error occurs, a shared lock on the duplicate index record is set. This use of a shared lock can result in deadlock should there be multiple sessions trying to insert the same row if another session already has an exclusive lock. This can occur if another session deletes the row. Suppose that an InnoDB table t1 has the following structure:

    CREATE TABLE t1 (i INT, PRIMARY KEY (i)) ENGINE = InnoDB;

    Now suppose that three sessions perform the following operations in order:

    Session 1:

    START TRANSACTION;
    INSERT INTO t1 VALUES(1);

    Session 2:

    START TRANSACTION;
    INSERT INTO t1 VALUES(1);

    Session 3:

    START TRANSACTION;
    INSERT INTO t1 VALUES(1);

    Session 1:

    ROLLBACK;

    The first operation by session 1 acquires an exclusive lock for the row. The operations by sessions 2 and 3 both result in a duplicate-key error and they both request a shared lock for the row. When session 1 rolls back, it releases its exclusive lock on the row and the queued shared lock requests for sessions 2 and 3 are granted. At this point, sessions 2 and 3 deadlock: Neither can acquire an exclusive lock for the row because of the shared lock held by the other.

    A similar situation occurs if the table already contains a row with key value 1 and three sessions perform the following operations in order:

    Session 1:

    START TRANSACTION;
    DELETE FROM t1 WHERE i = 1;

    Session 2:

    START TRANSACTION;
    INSERT INTO t1 VALUES(1);

    Session 3:

    START TRANSACTION;
    INSERT INTO t1 VALUES(1);

    Session 1:

    COMMIT;

    The first operation by session 1 acquires an exclusive lock for the row. The operations by sessions 2 and 3 both result in a duplicate-key error and they both request a shared lock for the row. When session 1 commits, it releases its exclusive lock on the row and the queued shared lock requests for sessions 2 and 3 are granted. At this point, sessions 2 and 3 deadlock: Neither can acquire an exclusive lock for the row because of the shared lock held by the other.

  • INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE differs from a simple INSERT in that an exclusive next-key lock rather than a shared lock is placed on the row to be updated when a duplicate-key error occurs.

  • REPLACE is done like an INSERT if there is no collision on a unique key. Otherwise, an exclusive next-key lock is placed on the row to be replaced.

  • INSERT INTO T SELECT ... FROM S WHERE ... sets an exclusive index record without a gap lock on each row inserted into T. If the transaction isolation level is READ COMMITTED or innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog is enabled, and the transaction isolation level is not SERIALIZABLE, InnoDB does the search on S as a consistent read (no locks). Otherwise, InnoDB sets shared next-key locks on rows from S. InnoDB has to set locks in the latter case: In roll-forward recovery from a backup, every SQL statement must be executed in exactly the same way it was done originally.

    CREATE TABLE ... SELECT ... performs the SELECT with shared next-key locks or as a consistent read, as for INSERT ... SELECT.

    When a SELECT is used in the constructs REPLACE INTO t SELECT ... FROM s WHERE ... or UPDATE t ... WHERE col IN (SELECT ... FROM s ...), InnoDB sets shared next-key locks on rows from table s.

  • While initializing a previously specified AUTO_INCREMENT column on a table, InnoDB sets an exclusive lock on the end of the index associated with the AUTO_INCREMENT column. In accessing the auto-increment counter, InnoDB uses a specific AUTO-INC table lock mode where the lock lasts only to the end of the current SQL statement, not to the end of the entire transaction. Other sessions cannot insert into the table while the AUTO-INC table lock is held; see Section 14.6.7, “The InnoDB Transaction Model and Locking”.

    InnoDB fetches the value of a previously initialized AUTO_INCREMENT column without setting any locks.

  • If a FOREIGN KEY constraint is defined on a table, any insert, update, or delete that requires the constraint condition to be checked sets shared record-level locks on the records that it looks at to check the constraint. InnoDB also sets these locks in the case where the constraint fails.

  • LOCK TABLES sets table locks, but it is the higher MySQL layer above the InnoDB layer that sets these locks. InnoDB is aware of table locks if innodb_table_locks = 1 (the default) and autocommit = 0, and the MySQL layer above InnoDB knows about row-level locks.

    Otherwise, InnoDB's automatic deadlock detection cannot detect deadlocks where such table locks are involved. Also, because in this case the higher MySQL layer does not know about row-level locks, it is possible to get a table lock on a table where another session currently has row-level locks. However, this does not endanger transaction integrity, as discussed in Section 14.6.7.8, “Deadlock Detection and Rollback”. See also Section 14.6.13, “Limits on InnoDB Tables”.

14.6.7.7. Implicit Transaction Commit and Rollback

By default, MySQL starts the session for each new connection with autocommit mode enabled, so MySQL does a commit after each SQL statement if that statement did not return an error. If a statement returns an error, the commit or rollback behavior depends on the error. See Section 14.6.11, “InnoDB Error Handling”.

If a session that has autocommit disabled ends without explicitly committing the final transaction, MySQL rolls back that transaction.

Some statements implicitly end a transaction, as if you had done a COMMIT before executing the statement. For details, see Section 13.3.3, “Statements That Cause an Implicit Commit”.

14.6.7.8. Deadlock Detection and Rollback

InnoDB automatically detects transaction deadlocks and rolls back a transaction or transactions to break the deadlock. InnoDB tries to pick small transactions to roll back, where the size of a transaction is determined by the number of rows inserted, updated, or deleted.

InnoDB is aware of table locks if innodb_table_locks = 1 (the default) and autocommit = 0, and the MySQL layer above it knows about row-level locks. Otherwise, InnoDB cannot detect deadlocks where a table lock set by a MySQL LOCK TABLES statement or a lock set by a storage engine other than InnoDB is involved. Resolve these situations by setting the value of the innodb_lock_wait_timeout system variable.

When InnoDB performs a complete rollback of a transaction, all locks set by the transaction are released. However, if just a single SQL statement is rolled back as a result of an error, some of the locks set by the statement may be preserved. This happens because InnoDB stores row locks in a format such that it cannot know afterward which lock was set by which statement.

As of MySQL 5.1.24, if a SELECT calls a stored function in a transaction, and a statement within the function fails, that statement rolls back. Furthermore, if ROLLBACK is executed after that, the entire transaction rolls back. Before 5.1.24, the failed statement did not roll back when it failed (even though it might ultimately get rolled back by a ROLLBACK later that rolls back the entire transaction).

For techniques to organize database operations to avoid deadlocks, see Section 14.6.7.9, “How to Cope with Deadlocks”.

14.6.7.9. How to Cope with Deadlocks

This section builds on the conceptual information about deadlocks in Section 14.6.7.8, “Deadlock Detection and Rollback”. It explains how to organize database operations to minimize deadlocks and the subsequent error handling required in applications.

Deadlocks are a classic problem in transactional databases, but they are not dangerous unless they are so frequent that you cannot run certain transactions at all. Normally, you must write your applications so that they are always prepared to re-issue a transaction if it gets rolled back because of a deadlock.

InnoDB uses automatic row-level locking. You can get deadlocks even in the case of transactions that just insert or delete a single row. That is because these operations are not really atomic; they automatically set locks on the (possibly several) index records of the row inserted or deleted.

You can cope with deadlocks and reduce the likelihood of their occurrence with the following techniques:

  • Use SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS to determine the cause of the latest deadlock. That can help you to tune your application to avoid deadlocks.

  • Always be prepared to re-issue a transaction if it fails due to deadlock. Deadlocks are not dangerous. Just try again.

  • Commit your transactions immediately after making a set of related changes. Small transactions are less prone to collision. In particular, do not leave an interactive mysql session open for a long time with an uncommitted transaction.

  • If you are using locking reads (SELECT ... FOR UPDATE or SELECT ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE), try using a lower isolation level such as READ COMMITTED.

  • When modifying multiple tables within a transaction, or different sets of rows in the same table, do those operations in a consistent order each time. Then transactions form well-defined queues and do not deadlock. For example, organize database operations into functions within your application, or call stored routines, rather than coding multiple similar sequences of INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements in different places.

  • Add well-chosen indexes to your tables. Then your queries need to scan fewer index records and consequently set fewer locks. Use EXPLAIN SELECT to determine which indexes the MySQL server regards as the most appropriate for your queries.

  • Use less locking. If you can afford to permit a SELECT to return data from an old snapshot, do not add the clause FOR UPDATE or LOCK IN SHARE MODE to it. Using the READ COMMITTED isolation level is good here, because each consistent read within the same transaction reads from its own fresh snapshot.

  • If nothing else helps, serialize your transactions with table-level locks. The correct way to use LOCK TABLES with transactional tables, such as InnoDB tables, is to begin a transaction with SET autocommit = 0 (not START TRANSACTION) followed by LOCK TABLES, and to not call UNLOCK TABLES until you commit the transaction explicitly. For example, if you need to write to table t1 and read from table t2, you can do this:

    SET autocommit=0;
    LOCK TABLES t1 WRITE, t2 READ, ...;... do something with tables t1 and t2 here ...
    COMMIT;
    UNLOCK TABLES;
    

    Table-level locks prevent concurrent updates to the table, avoiding deadlocks at the expense of less responsiveness for a busy system.

  • Another way to serialize transactions is to create an auxiliary semaphore table that contains just a single row. Have each transaction update that row before accessing other tables. In that way, all transactions happen in a serial fashion. Note that the InnoDB instant deadlock detection algorithm also works in this case, because the serializing lock is a row-level lock. With MySQL table-level locks, the timeout method must be used to resolve deadlocks.

14.6.8. InnoDB Multi-Versioning

InnoDB is a multi-versioned storage engine: it keeps information about old versions of changed rows, to support transactional features such as concurrency and rollback. This information is stored in the tablespace in a data structure called a rollback segment (after an analogous data structure in Oracle). InnoDB uses the information in the rollback segment to perform the undo operations needed in a transaction rollback. It also uses the information to build earlier versions of a row for a consistent read.

Internal Details of Multi-Versioning

Internally, InnoDB adds three fields to each row stored in the database. A 6-byte DB_TRX_ID field indicates the transaction identifier for the last transaction that inserted or updated the row. Also, a deletion is treated internally as an update where a special bit in the row is set to mark it as deleted. Each row also contains a 7-byte DB_ROLL_PTR field called the roll pointer. The roll pointer points to an undo log record written to the rollback segment. If the row was updated, the undo log record contains the information necessary to rebuild the content of the row before it was updated. A 6-byte DB_ROW_ID field contains a row ID that increases monotonically as new rows are inserted. If InnoDB generates a clustered index automatically, the index contains row ID values. Otherwise, the DB_ROW_ID column does not appear in any index.

Undo logs in the rollback segment are divided into insert and update undo logs. Insert undo logs are needed only in transaction rollback and can be discarded as soon as the transaction commits. Update undo logs are used also in consistent reads, but they can be discarded only after there is no transaction present for which InnoDB has assigned a snapshot that in a consistent read could need the information in the update undo log to build an earlier version of a database row.

Guidelines for Managing Rollback Segments

Commit your transactions regularly, including those transactions that issue only consistent reads. Otherwise, InnoDB cannot discard data from the update undo logs, and the rollback segment may grow too big, filling up your tablespace.

The physical size of an undo log record in the rollback segment is typically smaller than the corresponding inserted or updated row. You can use this information to calculate the space needed for your rollback segment.

In the InnoDB multi-versioning scheme, a row is not physically removed from the database immediately when you delete it with an SQL statement. InnoDB only physically removes the corresponding row and its index records when it discards the update undo log record written for the deletion. This removal operation is called a purge, and it is quite fast, usually taking the same order of time as the SQL statement that did the deletion.

If you insert and delete rows in smallish batches at about the same rate in the table, the purge thread can start to lag behind and the table can grow bigger and bigger because of all the dead rows, making everything disk-bound and very slow. In such a case, throttle new row operations, and allocate more resources to the purge thread by tuning the innodb_max_purge_lag system variable. See Section 14.6.2, “InnoDB Startup Options and System Variables” for more information.

14.6.9. InnoDB Table and Index Structures

MySQL stores its data dictionary information for tables in .frm files in database directories. This is true for all MySQL storage engines, but every InnoDB table also has its own entry in the InnoDB internal data dictionary inside the tablespace. When MySQL drops a table or a database, it has to delete one or more .frm files as well as the corresponding entries inside the InnoDB data dictionary. Consequently, you cannot move InnoDB tables between databases simply by moving the .frm files.

14.6.9.1. Clustered and Secondary Indexes

Every InnoDB table has a special index called the clustered index where the data for the rows is stored:

  • If you define a PRIMARY KEY on your table, InnoDB uses it as the clustered index.

  • If you do not define a PRIMARY KEY for your table, MySQL picks the first UNIQUE index that has only NOT NULL columns as the primary key and InnoDB uses it as the clustered index.

  • If the table has no PRIMARY KEY or suitable UNIQUE index, InnoDB internally generates a hidden clustered index on a synthetic column containing row ID values. The rows are ordered by the ID that InnoDB assigns to the rows in such a table. The row ID is a 6-byte field that increases monotonically as new rows are inserted. Thus, the rows ordered by the row ID are physically in insertion order.

Accessing a row through the clustered index is fast because the row data is on the same page where the index search leads. If a table is large, the clustered index architecture often saves a disk I/O operation when compared to storage organizations that store row data using a different page from the index record. (For example, MyISAM uses one file for data rows and another for index records.)

In InnoDB, the records in nonclustered indexes (also called secondary indexes) contain the primary key columns for the row that are not in the secondary index. InnoDB uses this primary key value to search for the row in the clustered index. If the primary key is long, the secondary indexes use more space, so it is advantageous to have a short primary key.

14.6.9.2. Physical Structure of an Index

All InnoDB indexes are B-trees where the index records are stored in the leaf pages of the tree. The default size of an index page is 16KB. When new records are inserted, InnoDB tries to leave 1/16 of the page free for future insertions and updates of the index records.

If index records are inserted in a sequential order (ascending or descending), the resulting index pages are about 15/16 full. If records are inserted in a random order, the pages are from 1/2 to 15/16 full. If the fill factor of an index page drops below 1/2, InnoDB tries to contract the index tree to free the page.

Note

Changing the page size is not a supported operation and there is no guarantee that InnoDB will function normally with a page size other than 16KB. Problems compiling or running InnoDB may occur. In particular, ROW_FORMAT=COMPRESSED in the InnoDB Plugin assumes that the page size is at most 16KB and uses 14-bit pointers.

A version of InnoDB built for one page size cannot use data files or log files from a version built for a different page size.

14.6.9.3. Insert Buffering

It is a common situation in database applications that the primary key is a unique identifier and new rows are inserted in the ascending order of the primary key. Thus, insertions into the clustered index do not require random reads from a disk.

On the other hand, secondary indexes are usually nonunique, and insertions into secondary indexes happen in a relatively random order. This would cause a lot of random disk I/O operations without a special mechanism used in InnoDB.

If an index record should be inserted into a nonunique secondary index, InnoDB checks whether the secondary index page is in the buffer pool. If that is the case, InnoDB does the insertion directly to the index page. If the index page is not found in the buffer pool, InnoDB inserts the record to a special insert buffer structure. The insert buffer is kept so small that it fits entirely in the buffer pool, and insertions can be done very fast.

Periodically, the insert buffer is merged into the secondary index trees in the database. Often it is possible to merge several insertions into the same page of the index tree, saving disk I/O operations. It has been measured that the insert buffer can speed up insertions into a table up to 15 times.

The insert buffer merging may continue to happen after the inserting transaction has been committed. In fact, it may continue to happen after a server shutdown and restart (see Section 14.6.5.2, “Forcing InnoDB Recovery”).

Insert buffer merging may take many hours when many secondary indexes must be updated and many rows have been inserted. During this time, disk I/O will be increased, which can cause significant slowdown on disk-bound queries. Another significant background I/O operation is the purge thread (see Section 14.6.8, “InnoDB Multi-Versioning”).

14.6.9.4. Adaptive Hash Indexes

If a table fits almost entirely in main memory, the fastest way to perform queries on it is to use hash indexes. InnoDB has a mechanism that monitors index searches made to the indexes defined for a table. If InnoDB notices that queries could benefit from building a hash index, it does so automatically.

The hash index is always built based on an existing B-tree index on the table. InnoDB can build a hash index on a prefix of any length of the key defined for the B-tree, depending on the pattern of searches that InnoDB observes for the B-tree index. A hash index can be partial: It is not required that the whole B-tree index is cached in the buffer pool. InnoDB builds hash indexes on demand for those pages of the index that are often accessed.

In a sense, InnoDB tailors itself through the adaptive hash index mechanism to ample main memory, coming closer to the architecture of main-memory databases.

14.6.9.5. Physical Row Structure

The physical row structure for an InnoDB table depends on the row format specified when the table was created. For MySQL 5.1, InnoDB uses the COMPACT format by default, but the REDUNDANT format is available to retain compatibility with older versions of MySQL. To check the row format of an InnoDB table, use SHOW TABLE STATUS.

The compact row format decreases row storage space by about 20% at the cost of increasing CPU use for some operations. If your workload is a typical one that is limited by cache hit rates and disk speed, compact format is likely to be faster. If the workload is a rare case that is limited by CPU speed, compact format might be slower.

Rows in InnoDB tables that use REDUNDANT row format have the following characteristics:

  • Each index record contains a 6-byte header. The header is used to link together consecutive records, and also in row-level locking.

  • Records in the clustered index contain fields for all user-defined columns. In addition, there is a 6-byte transaction ID field and a 7-byte roll pointer field.

  • If no primary key was defined for a table, each clustered index record also contains a 6-byte row ID field.

  • Each secondary index record also contains all the primary key fields defined for the clustered index key that are not in the secondary index.

  • A record contains a pointer to each field of the record. If the total length of the fields in a record is less than 128 bytes, the pointer is one byte; otherwise, two bytes. The array of these pointers is called the record directory. The area where these pointers point is called the data part of the record.

  • Internally, InnoDB stores fixed-length character columns such as CHAR(10) in a fixed-length format. InnoDB does not truncate trailing spaces from VARCHAR columns.

  • An SQL NULL value reserves one or two bytes in the record directory. Besides that, an SQL NULL value reserves zero bytes in the data part of the record if stored in a variable length column. In a fixed-length column, it reserves the fixed length of the column in the data part of the record. Reserving the fixed space for NULL values enables an update of the column from NULL to a non-NULL value to be done in place without causing fragmentation of the index page.

Rows in InnoDB tables that use COMPACT row format have the following characteristics:

  • Each index record contains a 5-byte header that may be preceded by a variable-length header. The header is used to link together consecutive records, and also in row-level locking.

  • The variable-length part of the record header contains a bit vector for indicating NULL columns. If the number of columns in the index that can be NULL is N, the bit vector occupies CEILING(N/8) bytes. (For example, if there are anywhere from 9 to 15 columns that can be NULL, the bit vector uses two bytes.) Columns that are NULL do not occupy space other than the bit in this vector. The variable-length part of the header also contains the lengths of variable-length columns. Each length takes one or two bytes, depending on the maximum length of the column. If all columns in the index are NOT NULL and have a fixed length, the record header has no variable-length part.

  • For each non-NULL variable-length field, the record header contains the length of the column in one or two bytes. Two bytes will only be needed if part of the column is stored externally in overflow pages or the maximum length exceeds 255 bytes and the actual length exceeds 127 bytes. For an externally stored column, the 2-byte length indicates the length of the internally stored part plus the 20-byte pointer to the externally stored part. The internal part is 768 bytes, so the length is 768+20. The 20-byte pointer stores the true length of the column.

  • The record header is followed by the data contents of the non-NULL columns.

  • Records in the clustered index contain fields for all user-defined columns. In addition, there is a 6-byte transaction ID field and a 7-byte roll pointer field.

  • If no primary key was defined for a table, each clustered index record also contains a 6-byte row ID field.

  • Each secondary index record also contains all the primary key fields defined for the clustered index key that are not in the secondary index. If any of these primary key fields are variable length, the record header for each secondary index will have a variable-length part to record their lengths, even if the secondary index is defined on fixed-length columns.

  • Internally, InnoDB stores fixed-length, fixed-width character columns such as CHAR(10) in a fixed-length format. InnoDB does not truncate trailing spaces from VARCHAR columns.

  • Internally, InnoDB attempts to store UTF-8 CHAR(N) columns in N bytes by trimming trailing spaces. (With REDUNDANT row format, such columns occupy 3 × N bytes.) Reserving the minimum space N in many cases enables column updates to be done in place without causing fragmentation of the index page.

14.6.10. InnoDB Disk I/O and File Space Management

14.6.10.1. InnoDB Disk I/O

InnoDB uses simulated asynchronous disk I/O: InnoDB creates a number of threads to take care of I/O operations, such as read-ahead.

There are two read-ahead heuristics in InnoDB:

  • In sequential read-ahead, if InnoDB notices that the access pattern to a segment in the tablespace is sequential, it posts in advance a batch of reads of database pages to the I/O system.

  • In random read-ahead, if InnoDB notices that some area in a tablespace seems to be in the process of being fully read into the buffer pool, it posts the remaining reads to the I/O system.

InnoDB uses a novel file flush technique called doublewrite. It adds safety to recovery following an operating system crash or a power outage, and improves performance on most varieties of Unix by reducing the need for fsync() operations.

Doublewrite means that before writing pages to a data file, InnoDB first writes them to a contiguous tablespace area called the doublewrite buffer. Only after the write and the flush to the doublewrite buffer has completed does InnoDB write the pages to their proper positions in the data file. If the operating system crashes in the middle of a page write, InnoDB can later find a good copy of the page from the doublewrite buffer during recovery.

14.6.10.2. File Space Management

The data files that you define in the configuration file form the InnoDB tablespace. The files are logically concatenated to form the tablespace. There is no striping in use. Currently, you cannot define where within the tablespace your tables are allocated. However, in a newly created tablespace, InnoDB allocates space starting from the first data file.

The tablespace consists of database pages with a default size of 16KB. The pages are grouped into extents of size 1MB (64 consecutive pages). The files inside a tablespace are called segments in InnoDB. The term rollback segment is somewhat confusing because it actually contains many tablespace segments.

When a segment grows inside the tablespace, InnoDB allocates the first 32 pages to it individually. After that, InnoDB starts to allocate whole extents to the segment. InnoDB can add up to 4 extents at a time to a large segment to ensure good sequentiality of data.

Two segments are allocated for each index in InnoDB. One is for nonleaf nodes of the B-tree, the other is for the leaf nodes. The idea here is to achieve better sequentiality for the leaf nodes, which contain the data.

Some pages in the tablespace contain bitmaps of other pages, and therefore a few extents in an InnoDB tablespace cannot be allocated to segments as a whole, but only as individual pages.

When you ask for available free space in the tablespace by issuing a SHOW TABLE STATUS statement, InnoDB reports the extents that are definitely free in the tablespace. InnoDB always reserves some extents for cleanup and other internal purposes; these reserved extents are not included in the free space.

When you delete data from a table, InnoDB contracts the corresponding B-tree indexes. Whether the freed space becomes available for other users depends on whether the pattern of deletes frees individual pages or extents to the tablespace. Dropping a table or deleting all rows from it is guaranteed to release the space to other users, but remember that deleted rows are physically removed only in an (automatic) purge operation after they are no longer needed for transaction rollbacks or consistent reads. (See Section 14.6.8, “InnoDB Multi-Versioning”.)

To see information about the tablespace, use the Tablespace Monitor. See Section 14.6.12.2, “SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS and the InnoDB Monitors”.

The maximum row length, except for variable-length columns (VARBINARY, VARCHAR, BLOB and TEXT), is slightly less than half of a database page. That is, the maximum row length is about 8000 bytes. LONGBLOB and LONGTEXT columns must be less than 4GB, and the total row length, including BLOB and TEXT columns, must be less than 4GB.

If a row is less than half a page long, all of it is stored locally within the page. If it exceeds half a page, variable-length columns are chosen for external off-page storage until the row fits within half a page. For a column chosen for off-page storage, InnoDB stores the first 768 bytes locally in the row, and the rest externally into overflow pages. Each such column has its own list of overflow pages. The 768-byte prefix is accompanied by a 20-byte value that stores the true length of the column and points into the overflow list where the rest of the value is stored.

14.6.10.3. Defragmenting a Table

If there are random insertions into or deletions from the indexes of a table, the indexes may become fragmented. Fragmentation means that the physical ordering of the index pages on the disk is not close to the index ordering of the records on the pages, or that there are many unused pages in the 64-page blocks that were allocated to the index.

One symptom of fragmentation is that a table takes more space than it should take. How much that is exactly, is difficult to determine. All InnoDB data and indexes are stored in B-trees, and their fill factor may vary from 50% to 100%. Another symptom of fragmentation is that a table scan such as this takes more time than it should take:

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM t WHERE a_non_indexed_column <> 12345;

(In the preceding query, we are fooling the SQL optimizer into scanning the clustered index rather than a secondary index.) Most disks can read 10MB/s to 50MB/s, which can be used to estimate how fast a table scan should be.

It can speed up index scans if you periodically perform a null ALTER TABLE operation, which causes MySQL to rebuild the table:

ALTER TABLE tbl_name ENGINE=INNODB

Another way to perform a defragmentation operation is to use mysqldump to dump the table to a text file, drop the table, and reload it from the dump file.

If the insertions into an index are always ascending and records are deleted only from the end, the InnoDB filespace management algorithm guarantees that fragmentation in the index does not occur.

14.6.11. InnoDB Error Handling

Error handling in InnoDB is not always the same as specified in the SQL standard. According to the standard, any error during an SQL statement should cause rollback of that statement. InnoDB sometimes rolls back only part of the statement, or the whole transaction. The following items describe how InnoDB performs error handling:

  • If you run out of file space in the tablespace, a MySQL Table is full error occurs and InnoDB rolls back the SQL statement.

  • A transaction deadlock causes InnoDB to roll back the entire transaction. Retry the whole transaction when this happens.

    A lock wait timeout causes InnoDB to roll back only the single statement that was waiting for the lock and encountered the timeout. (To have the entire transaction roll back, start the server with the --innodb_rollback_on_timeout option, available as of MySQL 5.1.15.) Retry the statement if using the current behavior, or the entire transaction if using --innodb_rollback_on_timeout.

    Both deadlocks and lock wait timeouts are normal on busy servers and it is necessary for applications to be aware that they may happen and handle them by retrying. You can make them less likely by doing as little work as possible between the first change to data during a transaction and the commit, so the locks are held for the shortest possible time and for the smallest possible number of rows. Sometimes splitting work between different transactions may be practical and helpful.

    When a transaction rollback occurs due to a deadlock or lock wait timeout, it cancels the effect of the statements within the transaction. But if the start-transaction statement was START TRANSACTION or BEGIN statement, rollback does not cancel that statement. Further SQL statements become part of the transaction until the occurrence of COMMIT, ROLLBACK, or some SQL statement that causes an implicit commit.

  • A duplicate-key error rolls back the SQL statement, if you have not specified the IGNORE option in your statement.

  • A row too long error rolls back the SQL statement.

  • Other errors are mostly detected by the MySQL layer of code (above the InnoDB storage engine level), and they roll back the corresponding SQL statement. Locks are not released in a rollback of a single SQL statement.

During implicit rollbacks, as well as during the execution of an explicit ROLLBACK SQL statement, SHOW PROCESSLIST displays Rolling back in the State column for the relevant connection.

14.6.11.1. InnoDB Error Codes

The following is a nonexhaustive list of common InnoDB-specific errors that you may encounter, with information about why each occurs and how to resolve the problem.

  • 1005 (ER_CANT_CREATE_TABLE)

    Cannot create table. If the error message refers to error 150, table creation failed because a foreign key constraint was not correctly formed. If the error message refers to error –1, table creation probably failed because the table includes a column name that matched the name of an internal InnoDB table.

  • 1016 (ER_CANT_OPEN_FILE)

    Cannot find the InnoDB table from the InnoDB data files, although the .frm file for the table exists. See Section 14.6.12.4, “Troubleshooting InnoDB Data Dictionary Operations”.

  • 1114 (ER_RECORD_FILE_FULL)

    InnoDB has run out of free space in the tablespace. Reconfigure the tablespace to add a new data file.

  • 1205 (ER_LOCK_WAIT_TIMEOUT)

    Lock wait timeout expired. The statement that waited too long was rolled back (not the entire transaction). You can increase the value of the innodb_lock_wait_timeout configuration option if SQL statements should wait longer for other transactions to complete, or decrease it if too many long-running transactions are causing locking problems and reducing concurrency on a busy system.

  • 1206 (ER_LOCK_TABLE_FULL)

    The total number of locks exceeds the lock table size. To avoid this error, increase the value of innodb_buffer_pool_size. Within an individual application, a workaround may be to break a large operation into smaller pieces. For example, if the error occurs for a large INSERT, perform several smaller INSERT operations.

  • 1213 (ER_LOCK_DEADLOCK)

    The transaction encountered a deadlock and was automatically rolled back so that your application could take corrective action. To recover from this error, run all the operations in this transaction again. A deadlock occurs when requests for locks arrive in inconsistent order between transactions. The transaction that was rolled back released all its locks, and the other transaction can now get all the locks it requested. Thus when you re-run the transaction that was rolled back, it might have to wait for other transactions to complete, but typically the deadlock does not recur. If you encounter frequent deadlocks, make the sequence of locking operations (LOCK TABLES, SELECT ... FOR UPDATE, and so on) consistent between the different transactions or applications that experience the issue. See Section 14.6.7.9, “How to Cope with Deadlocks” for details.

  • 1216 (ER_NO_REFERENCED_ROW)

    You are trying to add a row but there is no parent row, and a foreign key constraint fails. Add the parent row first.

  • 1217 (ER_ROW_IS_REFERENCED)

    You are trying to delete a parent row that has children, and a foreign key constraint fails. Delete the children first.

14.6.11.2. Operating System Error Codes

To print the meaning of an operating system error number, use the perror program that comes with the MySQL distribution.

  • Linux System Error Codes

    The following table provides a list of some common Linux system error codes. For a more complete list, see Linux source code.

    NumberMacroDescription
    1EPERMOperation not permitted
    2ENOENTNo such file or directory
    3ESRCHNo such process
    4EINTRInterrupted system call
    5EIOI/O error
    6ENXIONo such device or address
    7E2BIGArg list too long
    8ENOEXECExec format error
    9EBADFBad file number
    10ECHILDNo child processes
    11EAGAINTry again
    12ENOMEMOut of memory
    13EACCESPermission denied
    14EFAULTBad address
    15ENOTBLKBlock device required
    16EBUSYDevice or resource busy
    17EEXISTFile exists
    18EXDEVCross-device link
    19ENODEVNo such device
    20ENOTDIRNot a directory
    21EISDIRIs a directory
    22EINVALInvalid argument
    23ENFILEFile table overflow
    24EMFILEToo many open files
    25ENOTTYInappropriate ioctl for device
    26ETXTBSYText file busy
    27EFBIGFile too large
    28ENOSPCNo space left on device
    29ESPIPEFile descriptor does not allow seeking
    30EROFSRead-only file system
    31EMLINKToo many links
  • Windows System Error Codes

    The following table provides a list of some common Windows system error codes. For a complete list, see the Microsoft Web site.

    NumberMacroDescription
    1ERROR_INVALID_FUNCTIONIncorrect function.
    2ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUNDThe system cannot find the file specified.
    3ERROR_PATH_NOT_FOUNDThe system cannot find the path specified.
    4ERROR_TOO_MANY_OPEN_FILESThe system cannot open the file.
    5ERROR_ACCESS_DENIEDAccess is denied.
    6ERROR_INVALID_HANDLEThe handle is invalid.
    7ERROR_ARENA_TRASHEDThe storage control blocks were destroyed.
    8ERROR_NOT_ENOUGH_MEMORYNot enough storage is available to process this command.
    9ERROR_INVALID_BLOCKThe storage control block address is invalid.
    10ERROR_BAD_ENVIRONMENTThe environment is incorrect.
    11ERROR_BAD_FORMATAn attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format.
    12ERROR_INVALID_ACCESSThe access code is invalid.
    13ERROR_INVALID_DATAThe data is invalid.
    14ERROR_OUTOFMEMORYNot enough storage is available to complete this operation.
    15ERROR_INVALID_DRIVEThe system cannot find the drive specified.
    16ERROR_CURRENT_DIRECTORYThe directory cannot be removed.
    17ERROR_NOT_SAME_DEVICEThe system cannot move the file to a different disk drive.
    18ERROR_NO_MORE_FILESThere are no more files.
    19ERROR_WRITE_PROTECTThe media is write protected.
    20ERROR_BAD_UNITThe system cannot find the device specified.
    21ERROR_NOT_READYThe device is not ready.
    22ERROR_BAD_COMMANDThe device does not recognize the command.
    23ERROR_CRCData error (cyclic redundancy check).
    24ERROR_BAD_LENGTHThe program issued a command but the command length is incorrect.
    25ERROR_SEEKThe drive cannot locate a specific area or track on the disk.
    26ERROR_NOT_DOS_DISKThe specified disk or diskette cannot be accessed.
    27ERROR_SECTOR_NOT_FOUNDThe drive cannot find the sector requested.
    28ERROR_OUT_OF_PAPERThe printer is out of paper.
    29ERROR_WRITE_FAULTThe system cannot write to the specified device.
    30ERROR_READ_FAULTThe system cannot read from the specified device.
    31ERROR_GEN_FAILUREA device attached to the system is not functioning.
    32ERROR_SHARING_VIOLATIONThe process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.
    33ERROR_LOCK_VIOLATIONThe process cannot access the file because another process has locked a portion of the file.
    34ERROR_WRONG_DISKThe wrong diskette is in the drive. Insert %2 (Volume Serial Number: %3) into drive %1.
    36ERROR_SHARING_BUFFER_EXCEEDEDToo many files opened for sharing.
    38ERROR_HANDLE_EOFReached the end of the file.
    39ERROR_HANDLE_DISK_FULLThe disk is full.
    87ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETERThe parameter is incorrect.
    112ERROR_DISK_FULLThe disk is full.
    123ERROR_INVALID_NAMEThe file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
    1450ERROR_NO_SYSTEM_RESOURCESInsufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service.

14.6.12. InnoDB Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting

14.6.12.1. InnoDB Performance Tuning Tips

The followings tips are grouped by category. Some of them can apply in multiple categories, so it is useful to read them all.

Storage Layout Tips

  • In InnoDB, having a long PRIMARY KEY wastes a lot of disk space because its value must be stored with every secondary index record. (See Section 14.6.9, “InnoDB Table and Index Structures”.) Create an AUTO_INCREMENT column as the primary key if your primary key is long.

  • Use the VARCHAR data type instead of CHAR if you are storing variable-length strings or if the column may contain many NULL values. A CHAR(N) column always takes N characters to store data, even if the string is shorter or its value is NULL. Smaller tables fit better in the buffer pool and reduce disk I/O.

    When using COMPACT row format (the default InnoDB format in MySQL 5.1) and variable-length character sets, such as utf8 or sjis, CHAR(N) will occupy a variable amount of space, at least N bytes.

Transaction Management Tips

  • Wrap several modifications into a single transaction to reduce the number of flush operations. InnoDB must flush the log to disk at each transaction commit if that transaction made modifications to the database. The rotation speed of a disk is typically at most 167 revolutions/second (for a 10,000RPM disk), which constrains the number of commits to the same 167th of a second if the disk does not fool the operating system.

  • If you can afford the loss of some of the latest committed transactions if a crash occurs, you can set the innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit parameter to 0. InnoDB tries to flush the log once per second anyway, although the flush is not guaranteed. Also, set the value of innodb_support_xa to 0, which will reduce the number of disk flushes due to synchronizing on disk data and the binary log.

Disk I/O Tips

  • innodb_buffer_pool_size specifies the size of the buffer pool. If your buffer pool is small and you have sufficient memory, making the pool larger can improve performance by reducing the amount of disk I/O needed as queries access InnoDB tables. For more information about the pool, see Section 8.6.2, “The InnoDB Buffer Pool”.

  • Beware of big rollbacks of mass inserts: InnoDB uses the insert buffer to save disk I/O in inserts, but no such mechanism is used in a corresponding rollback. A disk-bound rollback can take 30 times as long to perform as the corresponding insert. Killing the database process does not help because the rollback starts again on server startup. The only way to get rid of a runaway rollback is to increase the buffer pool so that the rollback becomes CPU-bound and runs fast, or to use a special procedure. See Section 14.6.5.2, “Forcing InnoDB Recovery”.

  • Beware also of other big disk-bound operations. Use DROP TABLE and CREATE TABLE to empty a table, not DELETE FROM tbl_name.

  • In some versions of GNU/Linux and Unix, flushing files to disk with the Unix fsync() call (which InnoDB uses by default) and other similar methods is surprisingly slow. If you are dissatisfied with database write performance, you might try setting the innodb_flush_method parameter to O_DSYNC. The O_DSYNC flush method seems to perform slower on most systems, but yours might not be one of them.

  • When using the InnoDB storage engine on Solaris 10 for x86_64 architecture (AMD Opteron), it is important to use direct I/O for InnoDB-related files. Failure to do so may cause degradation of InnoDB's speed and performance on this platform. To use direct I/O for an entire UFS file system used for storing InnoDB-related files, mount it with the forcedirectio option; see mount_ufs(1M). (The default on Solaris 10/x86_64 is not to use this option.) Alternatively, as of MySQL 5.1.18 you can set innodb_flush_method = O_DIRECT if you do not want to affect the entire file system. This causes InnoDB to call directio() instead of fcntl(). However, setting innodb_flush_method to O_DIRECT causes InnoDB to use direct I/O only for data files, not the log files.

    When using the InnoDB storage engine with a large innodb_buffer_pool_size value on any release of Solaris 2.6 and up and any platform (sparc/x86/x64/amd64), a significant performance gain might be achieved by placing InnoDB data files and log files on raw devices or on a separate direct I/O UFS file system using the forcedirectio mount option as described earlier (it is necessary to use the mount option rather than setting innodb_flush_method if you want direct I/O for the log files). Users of the Veritas file system VxFS should use the convosync=direct mount option. You are advised to perform tests with and without raw partitions or direct I/O file systems to verify whether performance is improved on your system.

    Other MySQL data files, such as those for MyISAM tables, should not be placed on a direct I/O file system. Executables or libraries must not be placed on a direct I/O file system.

  • If the Unix top tool or the Windows Task Manager shows that the CPU usage percentage with your workload is less than 70%, your workload is probably disk-bound. Maybe you are making too many transaction commits, or the buffer pool is too small. Making the buffer pool bigger can help, but do not set it equal to more than 80% of physical memory.

Logging Tips

  • Make your log files big, even as big as the buffer pool. When InnoDB has written the log files full, it must write the modified contents of the buffer pool to disk in a checkpoint. Small log files cause many unnecessary disk writes. The disadvantage of big log files is that the recovery time is longer.

  • Make the log buffer quite large as well (on the order of 8MB).

Bulk Data Loading Tips

  • When importing data into InnoDB, make sure that MySQL does not have autocommit mode enabled because that requires a log flush to disk for every insert. To disable autocommit during your import operation, surround it with SET autocommit and COMMIT statements:

    SET autocommit=0;... SQL import statements ...
    COMMIT;
    

    If you use the mysqldump option --opt, you get dump files that are fast to import into an InnoDB table, even without wrapping them with the SET autocommit and COMMIT statements.

  • If you have UNIQUE constraints on secondary keys, you can speed up table imports by temporarily turning off the uniqueness checks during the import session:

    SET unique_checks=0;... SQL import statements ...
    SET unique_checks=1;
    

    For big tables, this saves a lot of disk I/O because InnoDB can use its insert buffer to write secondary index records in a batch. Be certain that the data contains no duplicate keys.

  • If you have FOREIGN KEY constraints in your tables, you can speed up table imports by turning the foreign key checks off for the duration of the import session:

    SET foreign_key_checks=0;... SQL import statements ...
    SET foreign_key_checks=1;
    

    For big tables, this can save a lot of disk I/O.

Other Tips

  • Unlike MyISAM, InnoDB does not store an index cardinality value in its tables. Instead, InnoDB computes a cardinality for a table the first time it accesses it after startup. With a large number of tables, this might take significant time. It is the initial table open operation that is important, so to warm up a table for later use, access it immediately after startup by issuing a statement such as SELECT 1 FROM tbl_name LIMIT 1.

  • Use the multiple-row INSERT syntax to reduce communication overhead between the client and the server if you need to insert many rows:

    INSERT INTO yourtable VALUES (1,2), (5,5), ...;

    This tip is valid for inserts into any table, not just InnoDB tables.

  • If you often have recurring queries for tables that are not updated frequently, enable the query cache:

    [mysqld]
    query_cache_type = 1
    query_cache_size = 10M

14.6.12.2. SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS and the InnoDB Monitors

InnoDB Monitors provide information about the InnoDB internal state. This information is useful for performance tuning. Each Monitor can be enabled by creating a table with a special name, which causes InnoDB to write Monitor output periodically. Also, output for the standard InnoDB Monitor is available on demand through the SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS SQL statement.

There are several types of InnoDB Monitors:

  • The standard InnoDB Monitor displays the following types of information:

    • Table and record locks held by each active transaction.

    • Lock waits of a transaction.

    • Semaphore waits of threads.

    • Pending file I/O requests.

    • Buffer pool statistics.

    • Purge and insert buffer merge activity of the main InnoDB thread.

    For a discussion of InnoDB lock modes, see Section 14.6.7.1, “InnoDB Lock Modes”.

    To enable the standard InnoDB Monitor for periodic output, create a table named innodb_monitor. To obtain Monitor output on demand, use the SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS SQL statement to fetch the output to your client program. If you are using the mysql interactive client, the output is more readable if you replace the usual semicolon statement terminator with \G:

    mysql> SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS\G
    
  • The InnoDB Lock Monitor is like the standard Monitor but also provides extensive lock information. To enable this Monitor for periodic output, create a table named innodb_lock_monitor.

  • The InnoDB Tablespace Monitor prints a list of file segments in the shared tablespace and validates the tablespace allocation data structures. To enable this Monitor for periodic output, create a table named innodb_tablespace_monitor.

  • The InnoDB Table Monitor prints the contents of the InnoDB internal data dictionary. To enable this Monitor for periodic output, create a table named innodb_table_monitor.

To enable an InnoDB Monitor for periodic output, use a CREATE TABLE statement to create the table associated with the Monitor. For example, to enable the standard InnoDB Monitor, create the innodb_monitor table:

CREATE TABLE innodb_monitor (a INT) ENGINE=INNODB;

To stop the Monitor, drop the table:

DROP TABLE innodb_monitor;

The CREATE TABLE syntax is just a way to pass a command to the InnoDB engine through MySQL's SQL parser: The only things that matter are the table name innodb_monitor and that it be an InnoDB table. The structure of the table is not relevant at all for the InnoDB Monitor. If you shut down the server, the Monitor does not restart automatically when you restart the server. Drop the Monitor table and issue a new CREATE TABLE statement to start the Monitor. (This syntax may change in a future release.)

As of MySQL 5.1.24, the PROCESS privilege is required to start or stop the InnoDB Monitor tables.

When you enable InnoDB Monitors for periodic output, InnoDB writes their output to the mysqld server standard error output (stderr). In this case, no output is sent to clients. When switched on, InnoDB Monitors print data about every 15 seconds. Server output usually is directed to the error log (see Section 5.2.2, “The Error Log”). This data is useful in performance tuning. On Windows, start the server from a command prompt in a console window with the --console option if you want to direct the output to the window rather than to the error log.

InnoDB sends diagnostic output to stderr or to files rather than to stdout or fixed-size memory buffers, to avoid potential buffer overflows. As a side effect, the output of SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS is written to a status file in the MySQL data directory every fifteen seconds. The name of the file is innodb_status.pid, where pid is the server process ID. InnoDB removes the file for a normal shutdown. If abnormal shutdowns have occurred, instances of these status files may be present and must be removed manually. Before removing them, you might want to examine them to see whether they contain useful information about the cause of abnormal shutdowns. The innodb_status.pid file is created only if the configuration option innodb-status-file=1 is set.

InnoDB Monitors should be enabled only when you actually want to see Monitor information because output generation does result in some performance decrement. Also, if you enable monitor output by creating the associated table, your error log may become quite large if you forget to remove the table later.

For additional information about InnoDB monitors, see:

Each monitor begins with a header containing a timestamp and the monitor name. For example:

================================================
090407 12:06:19 INNODB TABLESPACE MONITOR OUTPUT
================================================

The header for the standard Monitor (INNODB MONITOR OUTPUT) is also used for the Lock Monitor because the latter produces the same output with the addition of extra lock information.

The following sections describe the output for each Monitor.

14.6.12.2.1. InnoDB Standard Monitor and Lock Monitor Output

The Lock Monitor is the same as the standard Monitor except that it includes additional lock information. Enabling either monitor for periodic output by creating the associated InnoDB table turns on the same output stream, but the stream includes the extra information if the Lock Monitor is enabled. For example, if you create the innodb_monitor and innodb_lock_monitor tables, that turns on a single output stream. The stream includes extra lock information until you disable the Lock Monitor by removing the innodb_lock_monitor table.

Example InnoDB Monitor output:

mysql> SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS\G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
Status:
=====================================
030709 13:00:59 INNODB MONITOR OUTPUT
=====================================
Per second averages calculated from the last 18 seconds
----------
BACKGROUND THREAD
----------
srv_master_thread loops: 53 1_second, 44 sleeps, 5 10_second, 7 background,
  7 flush
srv_master_thread log flush and writes: 48
----------
SEMAPHORES
----------
OS WAIT ARRAY INFO: reservation count 413452, signal count 378357
--Thread 32782 has waited at btr0sea.c line 1477 for 0.00 seconds the
semaphore: X-lock on RW-latch at 41a28668 created in file btr0sea.c line 135
a writer (thread id 32782) has reserved it in mode wait exclusive
number of readers 1, waiters flag 1
Last time read locked in file btr0sea.c line 731
Last time write locked in file btr0sea.c line 1347
Mutex spin waits 0, rounds 0, OS waits 0
RW-shared spins 108462, OS waits 37964; RW-excl spins 681824, OS waits
375485
Spin rounds per wait: 0.00 mutex, 20.00 RW-shared, 0.00 RW-excl
------------------------
LATEST FOREIGN KEY ERROR
------------------------
030709 13:00:59 Transaction:
TRANSACTION 0 290328284, ACTIVE 0 sec, process no 3195, OS thread id 34831
inserting
15 lock struct(s), heap size 2496, undo log entries 9
MySQL thread id 25, query id 4668733 localhost heikki update
insert into ibtest11a (D, B, C) values (5, 'khDk' ,'khDk')
Foreign key constraint fails for table test/ibtest11a:
,
  CONSTRAINT `0_219242` FOREIGN KEY (`A`, `D`) REFERENCES `ibtest11b` (`A`,
  `D`) ON DELETE CASCADE ON UPDATE CASCADE
Trying to add in child table, in index PRIMARY tuple:
 0: len 4; hex 80000101; asc ....;; 1: len 4; hex 80000005; asc ....;; 2:
 len 4; hex 6b68446b; asc khDk;; 3: len 6; hex 0000114e0edc; asc ...N..;; 4:
 len 7; hex 00000000c3e0a7; asc .......;; 5: len 4; hex 6b68446b; asc khDk;;
But in parent table test/ibtest11b, in index PRIMARY,
the closest match we can find is record:
RECORD: info bits 0 0: len 4; hex 8000015b; asc ...[;; 1: len 4; hex
80000005; asc ....;; 2: len 3; hex 6b6864; asc khd;; 3: len 6; hex
0000111ef3eb; asc ......;; 4: len 7; hex 800001001e0084; asc .......;; 5:
len 3; hex 6b6864; asc khd;;
------------------------
LATEST DETECTED DEADLOCK
------------------------
030709 12:59:58
*** (1) TRANSACTION:
TRANSACTION 0 290252780, ACTIVE 1 sec, process no 3185, OS thread id 30733
inserting
LOCK WAIT 3 lock struct(s), heap size 320, undo log entries 146
MySQL thread id 21, query id 4553379 localhost heikki update
INSERT INTO alex1 VALUES(86, 86, 794,'aA35818','bb','c79166','d4766t',
'e187358f','g84586','h794',date_format('2001-04-03 12:54:22','%Y-%m-%d
%H:%i'),7
*** (1) WAITING FOR THIS LOCK TO BE GRANTED:
RECORD LOCKS space id 0 page no 48310 n bits 568 table test/alex1 index
symbole trx id 0 290252780 lock mode S waiting
Record lock, heap no 324 RECORD: info bits 0 0: len 7; hex 61613335383138;
asc aa35818;; 1:
*** (2) TRANSACTION:
TRANSACTION 0 290251546, ACTIVE 2 sec, process no 3190, OS thread id 32782
inserting
130 lock struct(s), heap size 11584, undo log entries 437
MySQL thread id 23, query id 4554396 localhost heikki update
REPLACE INTO alex1 VALUES(NULL, 32, NULL,'aa3572','','c3572','d6012t','',
NULL,'h396', NULL, NULL, 7.31,7.31,7.31,200)
*** (2) HOLDS THE LOCK(S):
RECORD LOCKS space id 0 page no 48310 n bits 568 table test/alex1 index
symbole trx id 0 290251546 lock_mode X locks rec but not gap
Record lock, heap no 324 RECORD: info bits 0 0: len 7; hex 61613335383138;
asc aa35818;; 1:
*** (2) WAITING FOR THIS LOCK TO BE GRANTED:
RECORD LOCKS space id 0 page no 48310 n bits 568 table test/alex1 index
symbole trx id 0 290251546 lock_mode X locks gap before rec insert intention
waiting
Record lock, heap no 82 RECORD: info bits 0 0: len 7; hex 61613335373230;
asc aa35720;; 1:
*** WE ROLL BACK TRANSACTION (1)
------------
TRANSACTIONS
------------
Trx id counter 0 290328385
Purge done for trx's n:o < 0 290315608 undo n:o < 0 17
History list length 20
Total number of lock structs in row lock hash table 70
LIST OF TRANSACTIONS FOR EACH SESSION:
---TRANSACTION 0 0, not started, process no 3491, OS thread id 42002
MySQL thread id 32, query id 4668737 localhost heikki
show innodb status
---TRANSACTION 0 290328384, ACTIVE 0 sec, process no 3205, OS thread id
38929 inserting
1 lock struct(s), heap size 320
MySQL thread id 29, query id 4668736 localhost heikki update
insert into speedc values (1519229,1, 'hgjhjgghggjgjgjgjgjggjgjgjgjgjgggjgjg
jlhhgghggggghhjhghgggggghjhghghghghghhhhghghghjhhjghjghjkghjghjghjghjfhjfh
---TRANSACTION 0 290328383, ACTIVE 0 sec, process no 3180, OS thread id
28684 committing
1 lock struct(s), heap size 320, undo log entries 1
MySQL thread id 19, query id 4668734 localhost heikki update
insert into speedcm values (1603393,1, 'hgjhjgghggjgjgjgjgjggjgjgjgjgjgggjgj
gjlhhgghggggghhjhghgggggghjhghghghghghhhhghghghjhhjghjghjkghjghjghjghjfhjf
---TRANSACTION 0 290328327, ACTIVE 0 sec, process no 3200, OS thread id
36880 starting index read
LOCK WAIT 2 lock struct(s), heap size 320
MySQL thread id 27, query id 4668644 localhost heikki Searching rows for
update
update ibtest11a set B = 'kHdkkkk' where A = 89572
------- TRX HAS BEEN WAITING 0 SEC FOR THIS LOCK TO BE GRANTED:
RECORD LOCKS space id 0 page no 65556 n bits 232 table test/ibtest11a index
PRIMARY trx id 0 290328327 lock_mode X waiting
Record lock, heap no 1 RECORD: info bits 0 0: len 9; hex 73757072656d756d00;
asc supremum.;;
------------------
---TRANSACTION 0 290328284, ACTIVE 0 sec, process no 3195, OS thread id
34831 rollback of SQL statement
ROLLING BACK 14 lock struct(s), heap size 2496, undo log entries 9
MySQL thread id 25, query id 4668733 localhost heikki update
insert into ibtest11a (D, B, C) values (5, 'khDk' ,'khDk')
---TRANSACTION 0 290327208, ACTIVE 1 sec, process no 3190, OS thread id
32782
58 lock struct(s), heap size 5504, undo log entries 159
MySQL thread id 23, query id 4668732 localhost heikki update
REPLACE INTO alex1 VALUES(86, 46, 538,'aa95666','bb','c95666','d9486t',
'e200498f','g86814','h538',date_format('2001-04-03 12:54:22','%Y-%m-%d
%H:%i'),
---TRANSACTION 0 290323325, ACTIVE 3 sec, process no 3185, OS thread id
30733 inserting
4 lock struct(s), heap size 1024, undo log entries 165
MySQL thread id 21, query id 4668735 localhost heikki update
INSERT INTO alex1 VALUES(NULL, 49, NULL,'aa42837','','c56319','d1719t','',
NULL,'h321', NULL, NULL, 7.31,7.31,7.31,200)
--------
FILE I/O
--------
I/O thread 0 state: waiting for i/o request (insert buffer thread)
I/O thread 1 state: waiting for i/o request (log thread)
I/O thread 2 state: waiting for i/o request (read thread)
I/O thread 3 state: waiting for i/o request (write thread)
Pending normal aio reads: 0, aio writes: 0,
 ibuf aio reads: 0, log i/o's: 0, sync i/o's: 0
Pending flushes (fsync) log: 0; buffer pool: 0
151671 OS file reads, 94747 OS file writes, 8750 OS fsyncs
25.44 reads/s, 18494 avg bytes/read, 17.55 writes/s, 2.33 fsyncs/s
-------------------------------------
INSERT BUFFER AND ADAPTIVE HASH INDEX
-------------------------------------
Ibuf for space 0: size 1, free list len 19, seg size 21,
85004 inserts, 85004 merged recs, 26669 merges
Hash table size 207619, used cells 14461, node heap has 16 buffer(s)
1877.67 hash searches/s, 5121.10 non-hash searches/s
---
LOG
---
Log sequence number 18 1212842764
Log flushed up to   18 1212665295
Last checkpoint at  18 1135877290
0 pending log writes, 0 pending chkp writes
4341 log i/o's done, 1.22 log i/o's/second
----------------------
BUFFER POOL AND MEMORY
----------------------
Total memory allocated 84966343; in additional pool allocated 1402624
Buffer pool size   3200
Free buffers       110
Database pages     3074
Modified db pages  2674
Pending reads 0
Pending writes: LRU 0, flush list 0, single page 0
Pages read 171380, created 51968, written 194688
28.72 reads/s, 20.72 creates/s, 47.55 writes/s
Buffer pool hit rate 999 / 1000
--------------
ROW OPERATIONS
--------------
0 queries inside InnoDB, 0 queries in queue
Main thread process no. 3004, id 7176, state: purging
Number of rows inserted 3738558, updated 127415, deleted 33707, read 755779
1586.13 inserts/s, 50.89 updates/s, 28.44 deletes/s, 107.88 reads/s
----------------------------
END OF INNODB MONITOR OUTPUT
============================

InnoDB Monitor output is limited to 64,000 bytes when produced using the SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS statement. This limit does not apply to output written to the server's error output.

Some notes on the output sections:

BACKGROUND THREAD

The srv_master_thread lines shows work done by the main background thread. This section is displayed only by InnoDB Plugin.

SEMAPHORES

This section reports threads waiting for a semaphore and statistics on how many times threads have needed a spin or a wait on a mutex or a rw-lock semaphore. A large number of threads waiting for semaphores may be a result of disk I/O, or contention problems inside InnoDB. Contention can be due to heavy parallelism of queries or problems in operating system thread scheduling. Setting the innodb_thread_concurrency system variable smaller than the default value might help in such situations. The Spin rounds per wait line (InnoDB Plugin only) shows the number of spinlock rounds per OS wait for a mutex.

LATEST FOREIGN KEY ERROR

This section provides information about the most recent foreign key constraint error. It is not present if no such error has occurred. The contents include the statement that failed as well as information about the constraint that failed and the referenced and referencing tables.

LATEST DETECTED DEADLOCK

This section provides information about the most recent deadlock. It is not present if no deadlock has occurred. The contents show which transactions are involved, the statement each was attempting to execute, the locks they have and need, and which transaction InnoDB decided to roll back to break the deadlock. The lock modes reported in this section are explained in Section 14.6.7.1, “InnoDB Lock Modes”.

TRANSACTIONS

If this section reports lock waits, your applications might have lock contention. The output can also help to trace the reasons for transaction deadlocks.

FILE I/O

This section provides information about threads that InnoDB uses to perform various types of I/O. The first few of these are dedicated to general InnoDB processing. The contents also display information for pending I/O operations and statistics for I/O performance.

On Unix, the number of threads is always 4. On Windows, the number depends on the setting of the innodb_file_io_threads system variable.

INSERT BUFFER AND ADAPTIVE HASH INDEX

This section shows the status of the InnoDB insert buffer and adaptive hash index. (See Section 14.6.9.3, “Insert Buffering”, and Section 14.6.9.4, “Adaptive Hash Indexes”.) The contents include the number of operations performed for each, plus statistics for hash index performance.

LOG

This section displays information about the InnoDB log. The contents include the current log sequence number, how far the log has been flushed to disk, and the position at which InnoDB last took a checkpoint. (See Section 14.6.5.3, “InnoDB Checkpoints”.) The section also displays information about pending writes and write performance statistics.

BUFFER POOL AND MEMORY

This section gives you statistics on pages read and written. You can calculate from these numbers how many data file I/O operations your queries currently are doing.

For additional information about the operation of the buffer pool, see Section 8.6.2, “The InnoDB Buffer Pool”.

ROW OPERATIONS

This section shows what the main thread is doing, including the number and performance rate for each type of row operation.

14.6.12.2.2. InnoDB Tablespace Monitor Output

The InnoDB Tablespace Monitor prints information about the file segments in the shared tablespace and validates the tablespace allocation data structures. If you use individual tablespaces by enabling innodb_file_per_table, the Tablespace Monitor does not describe those tablespaces.

Example InnoDB Tablespace Monitor output:

================================================
090408 21:28:09 INNODB TABLESPACE MONITOR OUTPUT
================================================
FILE SPACE INFO: id 0
size 13440, free limit 3136, free extents 28
not full frag extents 2: used pages 78, full frag extents 3
first seg id not used 0 23845
SEGMENT id 0 1 space 0; page 2; res 96 used 46; full ext 0
fragm pages 32; free extents 0; not full extents 1: pages 14
SEGMENT id 0 2 space 0; page 2; res 1 used 1; full ext 0
fragm pages 1; free extents 0; not full extents 0: pages 0
SEGMENT id 0 3 space 0; page 2; res 1 used 1; full ext 0
fragm pages 1; free extents 0; not full extents 0: pages 0
...
SEGMENT id 0 15 space 0; page 2; res 160 used 160; full ext 2
fragm pages 32; free extents 0; not full extents 0: pages 0
SEGMENT id 0 488 space 0; page 2; res 1 used 1; full ext 0
fragm pages 1; free extents 0; not full extents 0: pages 0
SEGMENT id 0 17 space 0; page 2; res 1 used 1; full ext 0
fragm pages 1; free extents 0; not full extents 0: pages 0
...
SEGMENT id 0 171 space 0; page 2; res 592 used 481; full ext 7
fragm pages 16; free extents 0; not full extents 2: pages 17
SEGMENT id 0 172 space 0; page 2; res 1 used 1; full ext 0
fragm pages 1; free extents 0; not full extents 0: pages 0
SEGMENT id 0 173 space 0; page 2; res 96 used 44; full ext 0
fragm pages 32; free extents 0; not full extents 1: pages 12
...
SEGMENT id 0 601 space 0; page 2; res 1 used 1; full ext 0
fragm pages 1; free extents 0; not full extents 0: pages 0
NUMBER of file segments: 73
Validating tablespace
Validation ok
---------------------------------------
END OF INNODB TABLESPACE MONITOR OUTPUT
=======================================

The Tablespace Monitor output includes information about the shared tablespace as a whole, followed by a list containing a breakdown for each segment within the tablespace.

The tablespace consists of database pages with a default size of 16KB. The pages are grouped into extents of size 1MB (64 consecutive pages).

The initial part of the output that displays overall tablespace information has this format:

FILE SPACE INFO: id 0
size 13440, free limit 3136, free extents 28
not full frag extents 2: used pages 78, full frag extents 3
first seg id not used 0 23845

Overall tablespace information includes these values:

  • id: The tablespace ID. A value of 0 refers to the shared tablespace.

  • size: The current tablespace size in pages.

  • free limit: The minimum page number for which the free list has not been initialized. Pages at or above this limit are free.

  • free extents: The number of free extents.

  • not full frag extents, used pages: The number of fragment extents that are not completely filled, and the number of pages in those extents that have been allocated.

  • full frag extents: The number of completely full fragment extents.

  • first seg id not used: The first unused segment ID.

Individual segment information has this format:

SEGMENT id 0 15 space 0; page 2; res 160 used 160; full ext 2
fragm pages 32; free extents 0; not full extents 0: pages 0

Segment information includes these values:

id: The segment ID.

space, page: The tablespace number and page within the tablespace where the segment inode is located. A tablespace number of 0 indicates the shared tablespace. InnoDB uses inodes to keep track of segments in the tablespace. The other fields displayed for a segment (id, res, and so forth) are derived from information in the inode.

res: The number of pages allocated (reserved) for the segment.

used: The number of allocated pages in use by the segment.

full ext: The number of extents allocated for the segment that are completely used.

fragm pages: The number of initial pages that have been allocated to the segment.

free extents: The number of extents allocated for the segment that are completely unused.

not full extents: The number of extents allocated for the segment that are partially used.

pages: The number of pages used within the not-full extents.

When a segment grows, it starts as a single page, and InnoDB allocates the first pages for it individually, up to 32 pages (this is the fragm pages value). After that, InnoDB allocates complete 64-page extents. InnoDB can add up to 4 extents at a time to a large segment to ensure good sequentiality of data.

For the example segment shown earlier, it has 32 fragment pages, plus 2 full extents (64 pages each), for a total of 160 pages used out of 160 pages allocated. The following segment has 32 fragment pages and one partially full extent using 14 pages for a total of 46 pages used out of 96 pages allocated:

SEGMENT id 0 1 space 0; page 2; res 96 used 46; full ext 0
fragm pages 32; free extents 0; not full extents 1: pages 14

It is possible for a segment that has extents allocated to it to have a fragm pages value less than 32 if some of the individual pages have been deallocated subsequent to extent allocation.

14.6.12.2.3. InnoDB Table Monitor Output

The InnoDB Table Monitor prints the contents of the InnoDB internal data dictionary.

The output contains one section per table. The SYS_FOREIGN and SYS_FOREIGN_COLS sections are for internal data dictionary tables that maintain information about foreign keys. There are also sections for the Table Monitor table and each user-created InnoDB table. Suppose that the following two tables have been created in the test database:

CREATE TABLE parent
(
  par_id    INT NOT NULL,
  fname      CHAR(20),
  lname      CHAR(20),
  PRIMARY KEY (par_id),
  UNIQUE INDEX (lname, fname)
) ENGINE = INNODB;

CREATE TABLE child
(
  par_id      INT NOT NULL,
  child_id    INT NOT NULL,
  name        VARCHAR(40),
  birth       DATE,
  weight      DECIMAL(10,2),
  misc_info   VARCHAR(255),
  last_update TIMESTAMP,
  PRIMARY KEY (par_id, child_id),
  INDEX (name),
  FOREIGN KEY (par_id) REFERENCES parent (par_id)
    ON DELETE CASCADE
    ON UPDATE CASCADE
) ENGINE = INNODB;

Then the Table Monitor output will look something like this (reformatted slightly):

===========================================
090420 12:09:32 INNODB TABLE MONITOR OUTPUT
===========================================
--------------------------------------
TABLE: name SYS_FOREIGN, id 0 11, columns 7, indexes 3, appr.rows 1
  COLUMNS: ID: DATA_VARCHAR DATA_ENGLISH len 0;
           FOR_NAME: DATA_VARCHAR DATA_ENGLISH len 0;
           REF_NAME: DATA_VARCHAR DATA_ENGLISH len 0;
           N_COLS: DATA_INT len 4;
           DB_ROW_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 256 len 6;
           DB_TRX_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 257 len 6;
  INDEX: name ID_IND, id 0 11, fields 1/6, uniq 1, type 3
   root page 46, appr.key vals 1, leaf pages 1, size pages 1
   FIELDS:  ID DB_TRX_ID DB_ROLL_PTR FOR_NAME REF_NAME N_COLS
  INDEX: name FOR_IND, id 0 12, fields 1/2, uniq 2, type 0
   root page 47, appr.key vals 1, leaf pages 1, size pages 1
   FIELDS:  FOR_NAME ID
  INDEX: name REF_IND, id 0 13, fields 1/2, uniq 2, type 0
   root page 48, appr.key vals 1, leaf pages 1, size pages 1
   FIELDS:  REF_NAME ID
--------------------------------------
TABLE: name SYS_FOREIGN_COLS, id 0 12, columns 7, indexes 1, appr.rows 1
  COLUMNS: ID: DATA_VARCHAR DATA_ENGLISH len 0;
           POS: DATA_INT len 4;
           FOR_COL_NAME: DATA_VARCHAR DATA_ENGLISH len 0;
           REF_COL_NAME: DATA_VARCHAR DATA_ENGLISH len 0;
           DB_ROW_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 256 len 6;
           DB_TRX_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 257 len 6;
  INDEX: name ID_IND, id 0 14, fields 2/6, uniq 2, type 3
   root page 49, appr.key vals 1, leaf pages 1, size pages 1
   FIELDS:  ID POS DB_TRX_ID DB_ROLL_PTR FOR_COL_NAME REF_COL_NAME
--------------------------------------
TABLE: name test/child, id 0 14, columns 10, indexes 2, appr.rows 201
  COLUMNS: par_id: DATA_INT DATA_BINARY_TYPE DATA_NOT_NULL len 4;
           child_id: DATA_INT DATA_BINARY_TYPE DATA_NOT_NULL len 4;
           name: DATA_VARCHAR prtype 524303 len 40;
           birth: DATA_INT DATA_BINARY_TYPE len 3;
           weight: DATA_FIXBINARY DATA_BINARY_TYPE len 5;
           misc_info: DATA_VARCHAR prtype 524303 len 255;
           last_update: DATA_INT DATA_UNSIGNED DATA_BINARY_TYPE DATA_NOT_NULL len 4;
           DB_ROW_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 256 len 6;
           DB_TRX_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 257 len 6;
  INDEX: name PRIMARY, id 0 17, fields 2/9, uniq 2, type 3
   root page 52, appr.key vals 201, leaf pages 5, size pages 6
   FIELDS:  par_id child_id DB_TRX_ID DB_ROLL_PTR name birth weight misc_info last_update
  INDEX: name name, id 0 18, fields 1/3, uniq 3, type 0
   root page 53, appr.key vals 210, leaf pages 1, size pages 1
   FIELDS:  name par_id child_id
  FOREIGN KEY CONSTRAINT test/child_ibfk_1: test/child ( par_id )
             REFERENCES test/parent ( par_id )
--------------------------------------
TABLE: name test/innodb_table_monitor, id 0 15, columns 4, indexes 1, appr.rows 0
  COLUMNS: i: DATA_INT DATA_BINARY_TYPE len 4;
           DB_ROW_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 256 len 6;
           DB_TRX_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 257 len 6;
  INDEX: name GEN_CLUST_INDEX, id 0 19, fields 0/4, uniq 1, type 1
   root page 193, appr.key vals 0, leaf pages 1, size pages 1
   FIELDS:  DB_ROW_ID DB_TRX_ID DB_ROLL_PTR i
--------------------------------------
TABLE: name test/parent, id 0 13, columns 6, indexes 2, appr.rows 299
  COLUMNS: par_id: DATA_INT DATA_BINARY_TYPE DATA_NOT_NULL len 4;
           fname: DATA_CHAR prtype 524542 len 20;
           lname: DATA_CHAR prtype 524542 len 20;
           DB_ROW_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 256 len 6;
           DB_TRX_ID: DATA_SYS prtype 257 len 6;
  INDEX: name PRIMARY, id 0 15, fields 1/5, uniq 1, type 3
   root page 50, appr.key vals 299, leaf pages 2, size pages 3
   FIELDS:  par_id DB_TRX_ID DB_ROLL_PTR fname lname
  INDEX: name lname, id 0 16, fields 2/3, uniq 2, type 2
   root page 51, appr.key vals 300, leaf pages 1, size pages 1
   FIELDS:  lname fname par_id
  FOREIGN KEY CONSTRAINT test/child_ibfk_1: test/child ( par_id )
             REFERENCES test/parent ( par_id )
-----------------------------------
END OF INNODB TABLE MONITOR OUTPUT
==================================

For each table, Table Monitor output contains a section that displays general information about the table and specific information about its columns, indexes, and foreign keys.

The general information for each table includes the table name (in db_name/tbl_name format except for internal tables), its ID, the number of columns and indexes, and an approximate row count.

The COLUMNS part of a table section lists each column in the table. Information for each column indicates its name and data type characteristics. Some internal columns are added by InnoDB, such as DB_ROW_ID (row ID), DB_TRX_ID (transaction ID), and DB_ROLL_PTR (a pointer to the rollback/undo data).

  • DATA_xxx: These symbols indicate the data type. There may be multiple DATA_xxx symbols for a given column.

  • prtype: The column's precise type. This field includes information such as the column data type, character set code, nullability, signedness, and whether it is a binary string. This field is described in the innobase/include/data0type.h source file.

  • len: The column length in bytes.

Each INDEX part of the table section provides the name and characteristics of one table index:

  • name: The index name. If the name is PRIMARY, the index is a primary key. If the name is GEN_CLUST_INDEX, the index is the clustered index that is created automatically if the table definition doesn't include a primary key or non-NULL unique index. See Section 14.6.9.1, “Clustered and Secondary Indexes”.

  • id: The index ID.

  • fields: The number of fields in the index, as a value in m/n format:

    • m is the number of user-defined columns; that is, the number of columns you would see in the index definition in a CREATE TABLE statement.

    • n is the total number of index columns, including those added internally. For the clustered index, the total includes the other columns in the table definition, plus any columns added internally. For a secondary index, the total includes the columns from the primary key that are not part of the secondary index.

  • uniq: The number of leading fields that are enough to determine index values uniquely.

  • type: The index type. This is a bit field. For example, 1 indicates a clustered index and 2 indicates a unique index, so a clustered index (which always contains unique values), will have a type value of 3. An index with a type value of 0 is neither clustered nor unique. The flag values are defined in the innobase/include/dict0mem.h source file.

  • root page: The index root page number.

  • appr. key vals: The approximate index cardinality.

  • leaf pages: The approximate number of leaf pages in the index.

  • size pages: The approximate total number of pages in the index.

  • FIELDS: The names of the fields in the index. For a clustered index that was generated automatically, the field list begins with the internal DB_ROW_ID (row ID) field. DB_TRX_ID and DB_ROLL_PTR are always added internally to the clustered index, following the fields that comprise the primary key. For a secondary index, the final fields are those from the primary key that are not part of the secondary index.

The end of the table section lists the FOREIGN KEY definitions that apply to the table. This information appears whether the table is a referencing or referenced table.

14.6.12.3. InnoDB General Troubleshooting

The following general guidelines apply to troubleshooting InnoDB problems:

  • When an operation fails or you suspect a bug, look at the MySQL server error log (see Section 5.2.2, “The Error Log”).

  • Issues relating to the InnoDB data dictionary include failed CREATE TABLE statements (orphaned table files), inability to open .InnoDB files, and system cannot find the path specified errors. For information about these sorts of problems and errors, see Section 14.6.12.4, “Troubleshooting InnoDB Data Dictionary Operations”.

  • When troubleshooting, it is usually best to run the MySQL server from the command prompt, rather than through mysqld_safe or as a Windows service. You can then see what mysqld prints to the console, and so have a better grasp of what is going on. On Windows, start mysqld with the --console option to direct the output to the console window.

  • Use the InnoDB Monitors to obtain information about a problem (see Section 14.6.12.2, “SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS and the InnoDB Monitors”). If the problem is performance-related, or your server appears to be hung, you should use the standard Monitor to print information about the internal state of InnoDB. If the problem is with locks, use the Lock Monitor. If the problem is in creation of tables or other data dictionary operations, use the Table Monitor to print the contents of the InnoDB internal data dictionary. To see tablespace information use the Tablespace Monitor.

  • If you suspect that a table is corrupt, run CHECK TABLE on that table.

14.6.12.4. Troubleshooting InnoDB Data Dictionary Operations

A specific issue with tables is that the MySQL server keeps data dictionary information in .frm files it stores in the database directories, whereas InnoDB also stores the information into its own data dictionary inside the tablespace files. If you move .frm files around, or if the server crashes in the middle of a data dictionary operation, the locations of the .frm files may end up out of synchrony with the locations recorded in the InnoDB internal data dictionary.

A symptom of an out-of-sync data dictionary is that a CREATE TABLE statement fails. If this occurs, look in the server's error log. If the log says that the table already exists inside the InnoDB internal data dictionary, you have an orphaned table inside the InnoDB tablespace files that has no corresponding .frm file. The error message looks like this:

InnoDB: Error: table test/parent already exists in InnoDB internal
InnoDB: data dictionary. Have you deleted the .frm file
InnoDB: and not used DROP TABLE? Have you used DROP DATABASE
InnoDB: for InnoDB tables in MySQL version <= 3.23.43?
InnoDB: See the Restrictions section of the InnoDB manual.
InnoDB: You can drop the orphaned table inside InnoDB by
InnoDB: creating an InnoDB table with the same name in another
InnoDB: database and moving the .frm file to the current database.
InnoDB: Then MySQL thinks the table exists, and DROP TABLE will
InnoDB: succeed.

You can drop the orphaned table by following the instructions given in the error message. If you are still unable to use DROP TABLE successfully, the problem may be due to name completion in the mysql client. To work around this problem, start the mysql client with the --skip-auto-rehash option and try DROP TABLE again. (With name completion on, mysql tries to construct a list of table names, which fails when a problem such as just described exists.)

Another symptom of an out-of-sync data dictionary is that MySQL prints an error that it cannot open a .InnoDB file:

ERROR 1016: Can't open file: 'child2.InnoDB'. (errno: 1)

In the error log you can find a message like this:

InnoDB: Cannot find table test/child2 from the internal data dictionary
InnoDB: of InnoDB though the .frm file for the table exists. Maybe you
InnoDB: have deleted and recreated InnoDB data files but have forgotten
InnoDB: to delete the corresponding .frm files of InnoDB tables?

This means that there is an orphaned .frm file without a corresponding table inside InnoDB. You can drop the orphaned .frm file by deleting it manually.

If MySQL crashes in the middle of an ALTER TABLE operation, you may end up with an orphaned temporary table inside the InnoDB tablespace. Using the Table Monitor, you can see listed a table with a name that begins with #sql-. You can perform SQL statements on tables whose name contains the character # if you enclose the name within backticks. Thus, you can drop such an orphaned table like any other orphaned table using the method described earlier. To copy or rename a file in the Unix shell, you need to put the file name in double quotation marks if the file name contains #.

With innodb_file_per_table enabled, the following message might occur if the .frm or .ibd files (or both) are missing:

InnoDB: in InnoDB data dictionary has tablespace id N,
InnoDB: but tablespace with that id or name does not exist. Have
InnoDB: you deleted or moved .ibd files?
InnoDB: This may also be a table created with CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE
InnoDB: whose .ibd and .frm files MySQL automatically removed, but the
InnoDB: table still exists in the InnoDB internal data dictionary.

If this occurs, try the following procedure to resolve the problem:

  1. Create a matching .frm file in some other database directory and copy it to the database directory where the orphan table is located.

  2. Issue DROP TABLE for the original table. That should successfully drop the table and InnoDB should print a warning to the error log that the .ibd file was missing.

14.6.13. Limits on InnoDB Tables

Warning

Do not convert MySQL system tables in the mysql database from MyISAM to InnoDB tables! This is an unsupported operation. If you do this, MySQL does not restart until you restore the old system tables from a backup or re-generate them with the mysql_install_db script.

Warning

It is not a good idea to configure InnoDB to use data files or log files on NFS volumes. Otherwise, the files might be locked by other processes and become unavailable for use by MySQL.

Maximums and Minimums

  • A table can contain a maximum of 1000 columns.

  • A table can contain a maximum of 64 secondary indexes.

  • An index key for a single-column index can be up to 767 bytes. The same length limit applies to any index key prefix. See Section 13.1.13, “CREATE INDEX Syntax”.

  • The InnoDB internal maximum key length is 3500 bytes, but MySQL itself restricts this to 3072 bytes. This limit applies to the length of the combined index key in a multi-column index.

  • The maximum row length, except for variable-length columns (VARBINARY, VARCHAR, BLOB and TEXT), is slightly less than half of a database page. That is, the maximum row length is about 8000 bytes. LONGBLOB and LONGTEXT columns must be less than 4GB, and the total row length, including BLOB and TEXT columns, must be less than 4GB.

    If a row is less than half a page long, all of it is stored locally within the page. If it exceeds half a page, variable-length columns are chosen for external off-page storage until the row fits within half a page, as described in Section 14.6.10.2, “File Space Management”.

  • Although InnoDB supports row sizes larger than 65,535 bytes internally, MySQL itself imposes a row-size limit of 65,535 for the combined size of all columns:

    mysql> CREATE TABLE t (a VARCHAR(8000), b VARCHAR(10000),
        -> c VARCHAR(10000), d VARCHAR(10000), e VARCHAR(10000),
        -> f VARCHAR(10000), g VARCHAR(10000)) ENGINE=InnoDB;
    ERROR 1118 (42000): Row size too large. The maximum row size for the
    used table type, not counting BLOBs, is 65535. You have to change some
    columns to TEXT or BLOBs
    

    See Section E.7.4, “Table Column-Count and Row-Size Limits”.

  • On some older operating systems, files must be less than 2GB. This is not a limitation of InnoDB itself, but if you require a large tablespace, you will need to configure it using several smaller data files rather than one or a file large data files.

  • The combined size of the InnoDB log files must be less than 4GB.

  • The minimum tablespace size is 10MB. The maximum tablespace size is four billion database pages (64TB). This is also the maximum size for a table.

  • The default database page size in InnoDB is 16KB.

    Note

    Changing the page size is not a supported operation and there is no guarantee that InnoDB will function normally with a page size other than 16KB. Problems compiling or running InnoDB may occur. In particular, ROW_FORMAT=COMPRESSED in the InnoDB Plugin assumes that the page size is at most 16KB and uses 14-bit pointers.

    A version of InnoDB built for one page size cannot use data files or log files from a version built for a different page size. This limitation could affect restore or downgrade operations using data from MySQL 5.6, which does support page sizes other than 16KB.

Index Types

  • InnoDB tables do not support FULLTEXT indexes.

  • InnoDB tables support spatial data types, but not indexes on them.

Restrictions on InnoDB Tables

  • ANALYZE TABLE determines index cardinality (as displayed in the Cardinality column of SHOW INDEX output) by doing eight random dives to each of the index trees and updating index cardinality estimates accordingly. Because these are only estimates, repeated runs of ANALYZE TABLE may produce different numbers. This makes ANALYZE TABLE fast on InnoDB tables but not 100% accurate because it does not take all rows into account.

    For InnoDB Plugin, you can change the number of random dives by modifying the innodb_stats_sample_pages system variable. For more information, see Changes for Flexibility, Ease of Use and Reliability.

    MySQL uses index cardinality estimates only in join optimization. If some join is not optimized in the right way, you can try using ANALYZE TABLE. In the few cases that ANALYZE TABLE does not produce values good enough for your particular tables, you can use FORCE INDEX with your queries to force the use of a particular index, or set the max_seeks_for_key system variable to ensure that MySQL prefers index lookups over table scans. See Section 5.1.4, “Server System Variables”, and Section C.5.6, “Optimizer-Related Issues”.

  • SHOW TABLE STATUS does not give accurate statistics on InnoDB tables, except for the physical size reserved by the table. The row count is only a rough estimate used in SQL optimization.

  • InnoDB does not keep an internal count of rows in a table because concurrent transactions might see different numbers of rows at the same time. To process a SELECT COUNT(*) FROM t statement, InnoDB must scan an index of the table, which takes some time if the index is not entirely in the buffer pool. If your table does not change often, using the MySQL query cache is a good solution. To get a fast count, you have to use a counter table you create yourself and let your application update it according to the inserts and deletes it does. If an approximate row count is sufficient, SHOW TABLE STATUS can be used. See Section 14.6.12.1, “InnoDB Performance Tuning Tips”.

  • On Windows, InnoDB always stores database and table names internally in lowercase. To move databases in a binary format from Unix to Windows or from Windows to Unix, create all databases and tables using lowercase names.

  • An AUTO_INCREMENT column ai_col must be defined as part of an index such that it is possible to perform the equivalent of an indexed SELECT MAX(ai_col) lookup on the table to obtain the maximum column value. Typically, this is achieved by making the column the first column of some table index.

  • While initializing a previously specified AUTO_INCREMENT column on a table, InnoDB sets an exclusive lock on the end of the index associated with the AUTO_INCREMENT column. While accessing the auto-increment counter, InnoDB uses a specific AUTO-INC table lock mode where the lock lasts only to the end of the current SQL statement, not to the end of the entire transaction. Other clients cannot insert into the table while the AUTO-INC table lock is held. See Section 14.6.3.3, “AUTO_INCREMENT Handling in InnoDB.

  • When you restart the MySQL server, InnoDB may reuse an old value that was generated for an AUTO_INCREMENT column but never stored (that is, a value that was generated during an old transaction that was rolled back).

  • When an AUTO_INCREMENT integer column runs out of values, a subsequent INSERT operation returns a duplicate-key error. This is general MySQL behavior, similar to how MyISAM works.

  • DELETE FROM tbl_name does not regenerate the table but instead deletes all rows, one by one.

  • Under some conditions, TRUNCATE tbl_name for an InnoDB table is mapped to DELETE FROM tbl_name. See Section 13.1.34, “TRUNCATE TABLE Syntax”.

  • The LOAD TABLE FROM MASTER statement for setting up replication slave servers does not work for InnoDB tables. A workaround is to alter the table to MyISAM on the master, then do the load, and after that alter the master table back to InnoDB. Do not do this if the tables use InnoDB-specific features such as foreign keys.

  • Currently, cascaded foreign key actions do not activate triggers.

  • You cannot create a table with a column name that matches the name of an internal InnoDB column (including DB_ROW_ID, DB_TRX_ID, DB_ROLL_PTR, and DB_MIX_ID). In versions of MySQL before 5.1.10 this would cause a crash, since 5.1.10 the server will report error 1005 and refers to error –1 in the error message. This restriction applies only to use of the names in uppercase.

Locking and Transactions

  • LOCK TABLES acquires two locks on each table if innodb_table_locks=1 (the default). In addition to a table lock on the MySQL layer, it also acquires an InnoDB table lock. Versions of MySQL before 4.1.2 did not acquire InnoDB table locks; the old behavior can be selected by setting innodb_table_locks=0. If no InnoDB table lock is acquired, LOCK TABLES completes even if some records of the tables are being locked by other transactions.

  • All InnoDB locks held by a transaction are released when the transaction is committed or aborted. Thus, it does not make much sense to invoke LOCK TABLES on InnoDB tables in autocommit=1 mode because the acquired InnoDB table locks would be released immediately.

  • You cannot lock additional tables in the middle of a transaction because LOCK TABLES performs an implicit COMMIT and UNLOCK TABLES.

  • InnoDB has a limit of 1023 concurrent transactions that have created undo records by modifying data. Workarounds include keeping transactions as small and fast as possible, delaying changes until near the end of the transaction, and using stored routines to reduce client/server latency delays. Applications should commit transactions before doing time-consuming client-side operations.

14.7. The IBMDB2I Storage Engine

The IBMDB2I storage engine is designed as a fully featured transaction-capable storage engine that enables MySQL to store its data in DB2 tables running on IBM i. With the IBMDB2I storage engine, data can be shared between MySQL applications and applications coded for native DB2 for i interfaces.

IBMDB2I provides ACID-compliant transactions, support for foreign key constraints, full crash recovery, radix-tree-based indexes, and the unique ability to enable DB2 for i applications to see and update table data in real time.

More information about the storage engine and its interaction with DB2 for i can be found in IBM's Using DB2 for i as a Storage Engine for MySQL Redbook publication, at IBM DB2 for i a Storage Engine for MySQL Redbook.

Note

The IBMDB2I storage engine was introduced in MySQL 5.1.33 and considered GA in MySQL 5.1.35. It was removed in MySQL 5.1.54.

14.7.1. Installation

Because it relies on features specific to the IBM i operating system running on IBM Power systems, the IBMDB2I storage engine is only available on builds of MySQL specifically created for the IBM i operating system.

IBM i 5.4 or later is required to run IBMDB2I. Some features may require IBM i 6.1 or later versions. As well, a set of program temporary fixes (PTFs) must be installed. Information about the specific PTF numbers can be obtained from http://www-912.ibm.com/n_dir/nas4apar.nsf/c79815e083182fec862564c00079d117/67d12878076e4827862574e2003c6d4a?OpenDocument.

The engine is built as a dynamic plugin and so must be installed by using the following command:

mysql> INSTALL PLUGIN ibmdb2i SONAME ha_ibmdb2i.so;

14.7.2. Configuration Options

Table 14.6. IBMDB2I Storage Engine Features

NameCmd-LineOption fileSystem VarStatus VarVar ScopeDynamic
ibmdb2i_assume_exclusive_useYesYesYes GlobalYes
ibmdb2i_async_enabledYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_compat_opt_allow_zero_date_valsYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_compat_opt_blob_colsYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_compat_opt_time_as_durationYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_compat_opt_year_as_intYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_create_index_optionYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_lob_alloc_sizeYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_max_read_buffer_sizeYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_max_write_buffer_sizeYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_propogate_default_col_valsYesYesYes BothYes
ibmdb2i_rdb_nameYesYesYes GlobalNo
ibmdb2i_system_trace_levelYesYesYes GlobalYes
ibmdb2i_transaction_unsafeYesYesYes BothYes

  • ibmdb2i_assume_exclusive_use

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_assume_exclusive_use
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_assume_exclusive_use
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_assume_exclusive_use
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)boolean
    Defaultoff

    Specifies whether an external interface (such as DB2 for i) may be altering the data accessible by the IBMDB2I engine. This is an advisory value that may improve performance when correctly set to ON. When the value is ON, IBMDB2I may perform some internal caching of table statistics. When the value is set to OFF, IBMDB2I must assume that the table rows could be inserted and deleted without its direct knowledge and must call DB2 to obtain accurate statistics before each operation.

    Default Value: OFF

  • ibmdb2i_async_enabled

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_async_enabled
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_async_enabled
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_async_enabled
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)boolean
    Defaulton

    Specifies whether buffering between IBMDB2I and the QSQSRVR jobs responsible for fetching row data should be done in an asynchronous manner. Asynchronous reads are enabled by default and provide optimal performance.Under normal circumstances, this value will never need to be modified.

    Default Value: ON

  • ibmdb2i_create_index_option

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_create_index_option
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_create_index_option
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_create_index_option
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)numeric
    Default0

    Controls whether additional indexes are created for use by traditional DB2 for i interfaces. When the value is 0, no additional indexes will be created. When the value is 1 and the index created on behalf of MySQL is ASCII-based, an additional index is created based on EBCDIC hexadecimal sorting. The additional index may be useful for traditional DB2 for i interfaces which expect indexes to use EBCDIC-based sort sequences.

    Default Value: 0

  • ibmdb2i_compat_opt_time_as_duration

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_compat_opt_time_as_duration
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_compat_opt_time_as_duration
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_compat_opt_time_as_duration
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)boolean
    Defaultoff

    Controls how MySQL TIME columns are mapped to DB2 data types when creating or altering an IBMDB2I table. When the value is ON, the column is mapped to an INTEGER type in DB2 and supports the full range of values defined by MySQL for TIME types. When the value is OFF, the column is mapped to a DB2 TIME type and supports values in the range of '00:00:00' to '23:59:59'. This option is provided to provide enhanced interoperability with DB2 for i interfaces.

    Default Value: OFF

  • ibmdb2i_system_trace_level

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_system_trace_level
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_system_trace_level
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_system_trace_level
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)boolean
    Default0

    Specifies what kind of debugging information is to be gathered for QSQSRVR jobs servicing MySQL connections. Multiple sources of information may be specified by summing the respective values. Changes to this option only affect new connections. Valid values include

    • 0: No information (Default)

    • 2: STRDBMON

    • 4: STRDBG

    • 8: DSPJOBLOG

    • 16: STRTRC

    • 32: PRTSQLINF

    The most useful sources of information are DSPJOBLOG, which will capture the job log for each QSQSRVR job in a spoolfile, and STRDBG, which will increase the diagnostic information in each job log.

    Default Value: 0

  • ibmdb2i_compat_opt_allow_zero_date_vals

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_compat_opt_allow_zero_date_vals
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_compat_opt_allow_zero_date_vals
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_compat_opt_allow_zero_date_vals
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)boolean
    Default0

    Specifies whether the storage engine should permit the 0000-00-00 date in DATETIME, TIMESTAMP and DATE columns. When the option is 0, attempts to insert a row containing this zero date into an IBMDB2I table will fail. As well, a warning will be generated when creating a column with this zero value as the default value. When this option is 1, the zero value will be substituted with 0001-01-01 when stored in DB2, and a 0001-01-01 value will be translated to 0000-00-00 when read from DB2. Similarly, when a column with a default zero value is created, the DB2 default value will be '0001-01-01'. Users must be aware that, when this option is 1, all values of 0001-01-01 in DB2 will be interpreted as 0000-00-00. This option is primarily added for compatibility with applications which rely on the zero date.

    Default Value: 0

  • ibmdb2i_propagate_default_col_vals

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_propogate_default_col_vals
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_propogate_default_col_vals
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_propogate_default_col_vals
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)boolean
    Defaulton

    Specifies whether DEFAULT value associated with each column should be propagated to the DB2 definition of the table when a table is created or altered. The default value is ON. This ensures that rows inserted from a standard DB2 interface will use the same default values as when inserted from MySQL.

    Default Value: ON

  • ibmdb2i_compat_opt_year_as_int

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_compat_opt_year_as_int
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_compat_opt_year_as_int
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_compat_opt_year_as_int
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)boolean
    Default0

    Controls how YEAR columns are stored in DB2. The default is 0 and causes YEAR columns to be created as CHAR(4) CCSID 1208 columns in DB2. Setting this option to 1 causes the YEAR columns to be created as SMALLINT columns. This provides a slight performance increase and enables indexes that combine a YEAR column with a character column.

    Default Value: 0

  • ibmdb2i_lob_alloc_size

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_lob_alloc_size
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_lob_alloc_size
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_lob_alloc_size
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)numeric
    Default2MB

    Controls how much space is allocated by default for reading data from a BLOB or TEXT field. If an application consistently uses BLOB or TEXT fields that contain more than 2 MB of data, read performance may be improved if this value is increased. Conversely, an application which uses smaller BLOB or TEXT fields may find that the MySQL memory footprint is reduced if a smaller value is specified for this option.

    Default Value: 2 MB

  • ibmdb2i_compat_opt_blob_cols

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_compat_opt_blob_cols
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_compat_opt_blob_cols
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_compat_opt_blob_cols
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)numeric
    Default0

    Specifies how MySQL TEXT and BLOB columns larger than 255 characters are mapped when creating IBMDB2I tables. When the value is 0, TEXT columns are mapped to CLOB or DBCLOB columns for DB2 for i. This enables the column to contain the maximum size documented for TEXT columns (64K characters), but the column can not be included in an index. When the value is 1, TEXT columns are mapped to LONG VARCHAR/VARGRAPHIC columns, and BLOB columns are mapped to LONG VARBINARY. This permits indexes to be created over the column, but it reduces the amount of storage available to the column below the documented maximum for TEXT columns. This option was provided to enable applications which relied on the ability to create prefix indexes over TEXT columns.

    Default Value: 0

  • ibmdb2i_max_read_buffer_size

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_max_read_buffer_size
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_max_read_buffer_size
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_max_read_buffer_size
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)numeric
    Default1MB

    Controls the maximum amount of memory allocated for buffering row data when doing reads from an IBMDB2I table. This buffering is done independently of any row buffering done within MySQL proper. Setting this value too low may reduce read performance, while setting it too high may increase memory usage and may also reduce read performance.

    Default Value: 1 MB

  • ibmdb2i_max_write_buffer_size

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_max_write_buffer_size
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_max_write_buffer_size
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_max_write_buffer_size
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)numeric
    Default8MB

    Controls the maximum amount of memory allocated for buffering row data when inserting multiple rows into an IBMDB2I table. This buffering is done independently of any row buffering done within MySQL proper. Setting this value too low may reduce write performance, while setting it too high may increase memory usage.

    Default Value: 8 MB

  • ibmdb2i_rdb_name

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_rdb_name
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_rdb_name
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_rdb_name
    Variable ScopeGlobal
    Dynamic VariableNo
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)string
    Default

    The name of a local DB2 for i relational database that will act as a container for all IBMDB2I tables. This enables an independent auxiliary storage pool (IASP) to be selected for usage. If no value is specified, the system database (*SYSBAS) is used.

    Default Value: <blank>

  • ibmdb2i_transaction_unsafe

    Version Introduced5.1.33
    Command-Line Formatibmdb2i_transaction_unsafe
    Option-File Formatibmdb2i_transaction_unsafe
    Variable Nameibmdb2i_transaction_unsafe
    Variable ScopeGlobal, Session
    Dynamic VariableYes
     Permitted Values
    Type (ibmsystemi)boolean
    Defaultoff

    Controls whether IBMDB2I honors the transactional commands and isolation levels specified for MySQL. If the value is OFF, transactions are fully supported. If the value is ON, transactional behavior is not implemented. This may provide a moderate performance increase for applications that do not rely on transactional guarantees.

    Default Value: OFF

The values specified for ibmdb2i_create_index_option, ibmdb2i_create_time_columns_as_tod, ibmdb2i_map_blob_to_varchar, ibmdb2i_compat_opt_allow_zero_date_vals, ibmdb2i_propagate_default_col_vals, and ibmdb2i_propagate_default_col_val will be applied whenever an IBMDB2I table is created. Tables are implicitly destroyed and re-created when an offline ALTER TABLE is performed on an IBMDB2I table. Therefore it is highly recommended that the values of these variables be consistent across the lifetime of a table to prevent an ALTER TABLE from running under a different set of options than were used to originally create the table. If this recommendation is not followed, the ALTER TABLE may fail upon encountering incompatible data when re-creating the table.

14.7.3. Creating schemas and tables

IBMDB2I tables are created by specifying the ENGINE=IBMDB2I option on a CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE statement. These tables are stored as DB2 for i objects in the QSYS.LIB file system. Therefore, in contrast to the behavior of other storage engines, IBMDB2I table and index data does not reside beneath the datadir directory with other MySQL table data.

When the first IBMDB2I table is created in a MySQL schema, the corresponding DB2 schema will be created (if it does not already exist).

Note that if the user profile running MySQL has sufficient authority dropping a MySQL schema will drop a DB2 schema of the same name even if the schema never contained any IBMDB2I tables and contains objects not related to MySQL. Therefore, it is recommended that extreme caution be used when dropping MySQL schemas when the IBMDB2I plugin is installed.

14.7.3.1. Identifier names

DB2 for i file objects have both a short (10-character) system name and an SQL name. The DB2 for i SQL name is always the same as the MySQL name. However, because MySQL's sensitivity to the lettercase of schema and table names depends on the file system containing the datadir, mapping the MySQL name to the system name of the corresponding DB2 for i object must account for several factors, described below.

When MySQL is operating in a case-sensitive mode (that is, datadir is in a case-sensitive file-system like (/QOpenSys), the case of the system name of the IBMDB2I object reflects the case of the name specified to MySQL. If the object has all uppercase characters and is equal to or less than 10 characters in length, the system name will be undelimited and in uppercase.If the object name has mixed or lower-case letters, the IBM i system name will contain up to 8 characters of the name in the specified case and will be delimited by surrounding quotation marks. If the MySQL name has more characters than can fit in the delimited system name, the system name will be generated as a mangled name delimited by surrounding quotation marks.

Examples of this naming behavior are given below:

Table 14.7. Naming Behavior in DB2 Storage Engine

MySQL nameDB2 for i SQL nameIBM i System name
mytablemytable"mytable"
mylongertablemylongertable"mylo0001"
UPPERTABLEUPPERTABLEUPPERTABLE
UPPERLONGTABLEUPPERLONGTABLEUPPER00001
MixedTabMixedTab"MixedTab"
MixedlongerTabMixedlongerTab"Mixe0001"

If MySQL is operating in a case-insensitive mode, the IBM i system name will contain up to 8 characters of the name in lower case and will be delimited by surrounding quotation marks. If the MySQL name has more characters than can fit in the delimited system name, the system name will be generated as a mangled name delimited by surrounding quotation marks.

Note that IBM i system names are not changed when a RENAME TABLE command is executed. Only the DB2 for i SQL name changes.

14.7.3.2. Index names

Unlike MySQL, DB2 for i requires that index names be unique to an entire schema. To support MySQL indexes, IBMDB2I creates the DB2 for i indexes with modified file names. The generated name is a concatenation of the index name, three underscores (_), and the table name. For example, CREATE INDEX idx1 ON tab1 (a, b) would create a DB2 index named idx___tab1. If the ibmdb2i_create_index_option value is set to 1, an additional index may be created which is named with an additional H_ marker between the index and table names (for example, idx___H_tab1). These generated names are then mangled to create the an IBM i system name, as described above.

If a table is renamed, the indexes will also be renamed.

This index name generation scheme also has implications for the length of index and table names; to permit the generated name and allow for delimiting quotation marks, the combined length of the index and table names must be less than or equal to 121 characters.

14.7.3.2.1. Data type mapping

When creating a table, IBMDB2I may map the MySQL types specified on a CREATE TABLE statement into a corresponding or compatible DB2 for i type. Examples include the BIT type, which is stored as a BINARY field, or the MEDIUMINT type, which is stored as an INTEGER field. For most data types, this mapping is transparent. Data types which have restrictions unique to IBMDB2I are documented in Section 14.7.7, “Notes and Limitations”.

14.7.4. Database/metadata management

When an IBMDB2I table is created, a File Level ID (FID) file is created in the database directory. This file has an extension .FID and contains the last known FID of the associated DB2 for i physical file. The IBMDB2I engine uses this FID value to determine whether incompatible changes have been made to the table by an external (non-MySQL) interface. If the physical file is altered, DB2 for i automatically generates a new FID. The next time IBMDB2I attempts to access the file, it will detect that the new FID does not match the known FID, and it will prevent MySQL from using the table.

In some cases, the changes to the physical file that cause the FID to be updated may not adversely affect access through MySQL and IBMDB2I. In this case, a user may wish to override the FID check that IBMDB2I performs. A user with appropriate permissions may do so simply by deleting the .FID file associated with the table and performing a FLUSH TABLE statement against the table. IBMDB2I will then regenerate the file with the new FID the next time the table is accessed from MySQL.

If triggers or constraints are applied to the table from a native DB2 interface, they will be respected when accessing the table from MySQL, but MySQL will have no knowledge of the triggers or constraints. Likewise, views and indexes can be created over the tables from a DB2 interface, but the indexes will not be accessible from MySQL.

14.7.5. Transaction behavior

The IBMDB2I storage engine supports row-level transaction management. All MySQL isolation levels are supported by the engine, and where highest performance is required, transaction support can be disabled globally or per session by modifying the ibmdb2i_transaction_unsafe configuration option.

IBMDB2I uses the underlying DB2 for i transaction support to implement MySQL isolation levels. DB2 for i uses table and row locks to implement the various isolation levels, as described below:

Table 14.8. IBMDB2I Isolation Levels

Isolation levelRead-only (SELECT)Read-write (UPDATE, DELETE)
 Lock enforcementVisibility of uncommitted work on behalf of other connectionsLock enforcementVisibility of uncommitted work on behalf of other connections
SERIALIZABLETable is locked until end of transaction.Other connections may read rows while locked.N/ATable is locked until end of transaction.Other connections may read rows while locked.N/A
REPEATABLE READRows that have been read are locked until end of transaction.Other connections may read and insert rows while locked.Rows cannot be read until work is committed.Rows that have been read are locked until end of transaction.Other connections may read and insert rows while locked.Rows cannot be read until work is committed.
READ COMMITTEDRow is locked while cursor is positioned on that row.Other connections may read and insert rows while locked.Rows cannot be read until work is committed.Row is locked while cursor is positioned on that row.Other connections may read and insert rows while locked.Rows cannot be read until work is committed.
READ UNCOMMITTEDRow is locked while cursor is positioned on that row.Other connections may read and insert rows while locked.Rows can be read before work is committed.Row is locked while cursor is positioned on that row.Other connections may read and insert rows while locked.Rows can be read before work is committed.
transaction_unsafeNo locksFull accessTable is locked until end of transaction.Other connections may read rows while locked.Unrestricted access

Attempts to access locked rows time out according to the timeout value associated with the underlying DB2 physical file. This timeout wait is 30 seconds by default. Refer to http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v5r4/index.jsp?topic=/dbp/rbafoconcrec.htm for more information.

Because IBMDB2I does not multi-version rows under commitment control, row lock contention may occur under certain scenarios. In particular, when multiple connections attempt to read overlapping ranges of rows while performing a statement that does updates, the connections may contend for the same row locks. This may lead to delays until the row lock timeout expires. Creating appropriate indexes and increasing query selectivity to reduce range overlap may help to alleviate this contention.

14.7.6. Principles and Terminology

AUTO_INCREMENT

The MySQL auto_increment column attribute can be used to generate a unique identity for new rows.The IBMDB2I storage engine maps the MySQL auto_increment attribute to the DB2 for i identity attribute

For most MySQL storage engines, the auto_increment value is determined by adding one to the maximum value stored in the table for the column.For the IBMDB2I storage engine, DB2 for i generates the identity value by adding one to the last generated value. Following are some example MySQL statements to illustrate the point.

create table t1 (a int auto increment, primary key(a)) engine = ibmdb2i;
insert into t1 values(3);
insert into t1 values(null),(null);

For the first INSERT statement, an explicit value of 3 is specified for the auto_increment column, so the value 3 is stored in the inserted row.For the second INSERT statement null is specified, so generated values 1 and 2 will be stored in the rows.

Duplicate key failures can occur in DB2 for i if a MySQL application mixes explicit auto_increment values with generated values within a table. For the example above, if one more record is inserted into the table for which an auto_increment value is generated, a duplicate key error will occur because the value 3 (that is, the last generated value plus one) already exists in the table.To effect the MySQL behavior for auto_increment columns, the IBMDB2I storage engine will detect a duplicate key error, alter the restart value for the DB2 identity column to the maximum value plus one, and retry the failed insert, but only if the following conditions are true:

  • The duplicate key error occurred on an index for which the auto_increment column is a key field

  • An exclusive (LENR) lock can be acquired on the table

  • The error occurred on the first or only row of the INSERT statement.

The IBMDB2I storage engine does not support the following usage of auto_increment columns:

  1. Any MySQL global or session variable that affects the start, increment, or offset for generated auto_increment values.

  2. Any MySQL feature that returns the next value to be used for an auto_increment column.

  3. An auto_increment column on a MySQL partitioned table.

14.7.7. Notes and Limitations

  • When using multiples instances of MySQL on a single i5 host you should be aware that the two independent instances will access the same database within the DB2 environment. This can lead to namespace collisions and issues. To get round this limitation, you should configure different IBM i independent auxiliary storage pools (ISAPs) for each MySQL server, and then use the ibmdb2i_rdb_name option to MySQL to configure which IASP should be used for each MySQL instance.

  • Indexes over VARBINARY columns may not provide accurate estimates the optimizer. Queries over such indexes may produce error 2027 in the error log but will succeed. This affects only the performance of these queries, not the correctness of the results.

  • Setting ibmdb2i_system_trace_level = 16 (STRTRC) may cause unpredictable failures including error 2088 on some operations. This is unlikely to affect any users, as this value is recommended only for serviceability purposes.

  • IBMDB2I honors the CASCADE/RESTRICT option on the DROP TABLE statement.

  • The use of FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK is discouraged when using IBMDB2I tables. Due to differences in internal locking implementations, FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK may produce deadlocks on IBMDB2I tables.

  • Row-based replication is supported by IBMDB2I. Statement-based replication is not supported.

  • Schema name lengths are limited to 10 characters in IBM i 5.4 and 30 characters in IBM i 6.1. If the schema name is mixed- or lower-case, two characters must be subtracted from the limit to account for surrounding quotation marks.

  • The RENAME TABLE command cannot be used to move IBMDB2I tables from one database to another.

  • The maximum length of the internal row format for IBMDB2I is 32767 bytes. Because the internal row format may differ from the MySQL row format due to data mapping differences (see Creating schemas and tables section), anticipating this limit may be difficult.

  • The combined length of the index and table names must be less than or equal to 121 characters.

  • Indexes over TEXT or BLOB columns with a maximum length greater than 255 characters are not supported. The ibmdb2i_map_blob_to_varchar option can be used to work around this limitation for TEXT fields up to 64K characters.

  • Specific restrictions apply to certain data types as described in the following chart:

    Table 14.9. Data Type Restrictions in IBMDB2I

    MySQL data typeRestriction
    LONGBLOB or LONGTEXTThe maximum length of a DB2 BLOB data type is 2GB.
    DATEIBMDB2I does not support the special date value of '0000-00-00'. The restrictions on DATE and DATETIME columns can be removed by setting the value of ibmdb2i_compat_opt_allow_zero_date_vals to 1.
    DATETIMEIBMDB2I does not support the special datetime value of '0000-00-00 00:00:00'. The restrictions on DATE and DATETIME columns can be removed by setting the value of ibmdb2i_compat_opt_allow_zero_date_vals to 1.
    DECIMAL(p, s) or NUMERIC(p, s)If p is greater than 63 and s is greater than (p-63), the field definition is truncated to DECIMAL(63, s-(p-63)). If p is greater than 63 and s is less than or equal to (p-63), the definition is not supported.
    TIMEBy default, IBMDB2I only supports times in the range '00:00:00' to '23:59:59.' See the ibmdb2i_create_time_columns_as_tod option for more information.

  • These MySQL statements are not supported by the IBMDB2I Engine:

    • CACHE INDEX and LOAD INDEX INTO CACHE

    • HANDLER

    • CHECK TABLE

    • REPAIR TABLE

    • BACKUP-RESTORE TABLE

  • The ucs2_spanish2_ci and utf8_spanish2_ci collations are not supported by IBMDB2I. There are no plans to support these collations.

  • The ucs2_swedish_ci and utf8_swedish_ci collations were added in MySQL 5.1.35. supported by IBMDB2I. As with other language-specific unicode collations, the support will be only be available on IBM i 6.1 and later releases.

14.7.8. Character sets and collations

DB2 for i only supports a single collation per index or foreign key constraint. A foreign key constraint must have the same collation as a primary key constraint, if one exists..

Character sets and collations supported by IBMDB2I are described in the list below. IBM i 6.1 is required for the most comprehensive collation support. Note that Chinese, Japanese, and Korean character sets are converted to UTF-16 for storage in DB2 for i; utf8_general_ci is converted to UCS2 for storage in DB2 for i.

Table 14.10. Collation Compatibility in IBMDB2I and MySQL

MySQL CollationSupported in IBM i 5.4Supported in IBM i 6.1
armscii8_general_ci  
armscii8_bin  
ascii_general_ci Yes
ascii_bin Yes
big5_chinese_ciYesYes
big5_binYesYes
cp1250_croatian_ci Yes
cp1250_czech_cs Yes
cp1250_general_ci Yes
cp1250_polish_ci Yes
cp1250_bin Yes
cp1251_bulgarian_ci Yes
cp1251_general_ci Yes
cp1251_general_cs Yes
cp1251_ukrainian_ci  
cp1251_bin Yes
cp1256_general_ci Yes
cp1256_bin Yes
cp1257_general_ci  
cp1257_lithuanian_ci  
cp1257_bin  
cp850_general_ciYesYes
cp850_binYesYes
cp852_general_ci Yes
cp852_bin Yes
cp866_general_ci  
cp866_bin  
cp932_japanese_ciYesYes
cp932_binYesYes
dec8_swedish_ci  
dec8_bin  
eucjpms_japanese_ci  
eucjpms_bin  
euckr_korean_ciYesYes
euckr_binYesYes
gb2312_chinese_ciYesYes
gb2312_binYesYes
gbk_chinese_ciYesYes
gbk_binYesYes
geostd8_general_ci  
geostd8_bin  
greek_general_ciYesYes
greek_binYesYes
hebrew_general_ciYesYes
hebrew_binYesYes
hp8_english_ci  
hp8_bin  
keybcs2_general_ci  
keybcs2_bin  
koi8r_general_ci  
koi8r_bin  
koi8u_general_ci  
koi8u_bin  
latin1_danish_ciYesYes
latin1_general_ciYesYes
latin1_general_csYesYes
latin1_german1_ciYesYes
latin1_german2_ci  
latin1_spanish_ciYesYes
latin1_swedish_ciYesYes
latin1_binYesYes
latin2_croatian_ciYesYes
latin2_czech_csYesYes
latin2_general_ciYesYes
latin2_hungarian_ciYesYes
latin2_binYesYes
latin5_turkish_ciYesYes
latin5_binYesYes
latin7_estonian_cs  
latin7_general_ci  
latin7_general_cs  
latin7_bin  
macce_general_ci Yes
macce_bin Yes
macroman_general_ci  
macroman_bin  
sjis_japanese_ciYesYes
sjis_binYesYes
swe7_swedish_ci  
swe7_bin  
tis620_thai_ciYesYes
tis620_binYesYes
ucs2_czech_ci Yes
ucs2_danish_ci Yes
ucs2_esperanto_ci Yes
ucs2_estonian_ci Yes
ucs2_general_ciYesYes
ucs2_hungarian_ci Yes
ucs2_icelandic_ci Yes
ucs2_latvian_ci Yes
ucs2_lithuanian_ci Yes
ucs2_persian_ci Yes
ucs2_polish_ci Yes
ucs2_roman_ci  
ucs2_romanian_ci Yes
ucs2_slovak_ci Yes
ucs2_slovenian_ci Yes
ucs2_spanish_ci Yes
ucs2_spanish2_ci Yes
ucs2_turkish_ci Yes
ucs2_unicode_ciYesYes
ucs2_binYesYes
ujis_japanese_ciYesYes
ujis_binYesYes
utf8_czech_ci Yes
utf8_danish_ci Yes
utf8_esperanto_ci Yes
utf8_estonian_ci Yes
utf8_general_ciYesYes
utf8_hungarian_ci Yes
utf8_icelandic_ci Yes
utf8_latvian_ci Yes
utf8_lithuanian_ci Yes
utf8_persian_ci Yes
utf8_polish_ci Yes
utf8_roman_ci  
utf8_romanian_ci Yes
utf8_slovak_ci Yes
utf8_slovenian_ci Yes
utf8_spanish_ci Yes
utf8_spanish2_ci Yes
utf8_turkish_ci Yes
utf8_unicode_ci Yes
utf8_binYesYes

14.7.9. Error codes and trouble-shooting information

Errors reported by the IBMDB2I engine may originate from two locations. Error values under 2500 originate in DB2 for i. Error values over 2500 originate in the storage engine itself. Occasionally, errors are reported by IBMDB2I but, due to the architecture of MySQL, cannot be directly exposed to MySQL client interfaces. In these cases, issuing a SHOW ERRORS statement or referring to the MySQL error log may be necessary to determine the cause of a failure. Errors which originate in DB2 for i are usually encountered in the DB2 for i SQL Server Mode job (QSQSRVR) which services the MySQL client connection; additional information about failures can often be found by looking in the job log of the associated QSQSRVR job.

Following is the list of codes and messages for errors that occur in DB2 for i that are reported by the IBMDB2I engine. %d and %s represent numbers and strings, respectively, that are replaced when the message is displayed.

Table 14.11. Error Codes from IBMDB2I

Error Code NumberError Message Text
0Successful
2016Thread ID is too long
2017Error creating a SPACE memory object
2018Error creating a FILE memory object
2019Error creating a SPACE synchronization token
2020Error creating a FILE synchronization token
2021See message %-.7s in joblog for job %-.6s/%-.10s/%-.10s.
2022Error unlocking a synchronization token when closing a connection
2023Invalid action specified for an 'object lock' request
2024Invalid action specified for a savepoint request
2025Partial keys are not supported with an ICU sort sequence
2026Error retrieving an ICU sort key
2027Error converting single-byte sort sequence to UCS-2
2028An unsupported collation was specified
2029Validation failed for referenced table of foreign key constraint
2030Error extracting table for constraint information
2031Error extracting referenced table for constraint information
2032Invalid action specified for a 'commitment control' request
2033Invalid commitment control isolation level specified on 'open' request
2034Invalid file handle
2036Invalid option specified for returning data on 'read' request
2037Invalid orientation specified for 'read' request
2038Invalid option type specified for 'read' request
2039Invalid isolation level for starting commitment control
2040Error unlocking a synchronization token in module QMYALC
2041Length of space for returned format is not long enough
2042SQL XA transactions are currently unsupported by this interface
2043The associated QSQSRVR job was killed or ended unexpectedly.
2044Error unlocking a synchronization token in module QMYSEI
2045Error unlocking a synchronization token in module QMYSPO
2046Error converting input CCSID from short form to long form
2048Error getting associated CCSID for CCSID conversion
2049Error converting a string from one CCSID to another
2050Error unlocking a synchronization token
2051Error destroying a synchronization token
2052Error locking a synchronization token
2053Error recreating a synchronization token
2054A space handle was not specified for a constraint request
2055An SQL cursor was specified for a delete request
2057Error on delete request because current UFCB for connection is not open
2058An SQL cursor was specified for an object initialization request
2059An SQL cursor was specified for an object override request
2060A space handle was not specified for an object override request
2061An SQL cursor was specified for an information request
2062An SQL cursor was specified for an object lock request
2063An SQL cursor was specified for an optimize request
2064A data handle was not specified for a read request
2065A row number handle was not specified for a read request
2066A key handle was not specified for a read request
2067An SQL cursor was specified for an row estimation request
2068A space handle was not specified for a row estimation request
2069An SQL cursor was specified for a release record request
2070A statement handle was not specified for an 'execute immediate' request
2071A statement handle was not specified for a 'prepare open' request
2072An SQL cursor was specified for an update request
2073The UFCB was not open for read
2074Error on update request because current UFCB for connection is not open
2075A data handle was not specified for an update request
2076An SQL cursor was specified for a write request
2077A data handle was not specified for a write request
2078An unknown function was specified on a process request
2079A share definition was not specified for an 'allocate share' request
2080A share handle was not specified for an 'allocate share' request
2081A use count handle was not specified for an 'allocate share' request
2082A 'records per key' handle was not specified for an information request
2083Error resolving LOB address
2084Length of a LOB space is too small
2085An unknown function was specified for a server request
2086Object authorization failed. See message %-.7s in joblog for job %-.6s/%-.10s/%-.10s. for more information.
2088Error locking mutex on server
2089Error unlocking mutex on server
2090Error checking for RDB name in RDB Directory
2091Error creating mutex on server
2094Error unlocking mutex
2095Error connecting to server job
2096Error connecting to server job
2098Function check occurred while registering parameter spaces. See job log.
2101End of block
2102The file has changed and might not be compatible with the MySQL table definition
2103Error giving pipe to server job
2104There are open object locks when attempting to deallocate
2105There is no open lock
2108The maximum value for the auto_increment data type was exceeded
2109Error occurred closing the pipe
2110Error occurred taking a descriptor for the pipe
2111Error writing to pipe
2112Server was interrupted
2113No pipe descriptor exists for reuse
2114Error occurred during an SQL prepare statement
2115Error occurred during an SQL open
2122An unspecified error was returned from the system.
  
  

Following is the list of error codes and messages that occur within the IBMDB2I storage engine.

Table 14.12. Error Codes and Messages in IBMDB2I

Error Code NumberError Message Text
2501Error opening codeset conversion from %.64s to %.64s (errno = %d). Resolution: Alter the table definition to specify a character set that is supported by the IBMDB2I engine.
2502Invalid %-.10s name '%-.128s. Resolution: If a field name, ensure that it is less than the maximum length of 126 characters.If an index name, ensure that the length of the index name plus the length of the table name is less than 121 characters.
2503Unsupported move from '%-.128s' to '%-.128s' on RENAME TABLE statement. Resolution: Moving a table from one schema to another is not supported by the IBMDB2I engine. Create a new table in the 'to' schema, copy the data to the new table, and then drop the old table.
2504The %-.64s character set is not supported. Resolution: Try using another character set.
2505Auto_increment is not allowed for a partitioned table. Resolution: Remove the auto_increment attribute from the table or do not partition the table.
2506Character set conversion error due to unknown encoding scheme %d. Resolution: Alter the table definition to ensure that character sets assigned to columns are supported by the IBMDB2I engine.
2508Table '%-.128s' was not found by the storage engine. Resolution: A table definition exists in MySQL, but the correspondingtable in DB2 for i is not found. Delete the MySQL table or restore the DB2 table.
2509Could not resolve to %-.128s in library %-.10s type %-.10s (errno = %d). Resolution: Restore the missing IBM i object to the system.
2510Error on _PGMCALL for program %-.10s in library %-.10s (error = %d). Resolution: This is an internal error.
2511Error on _ILECALL for API '%.128s' (error = %d). Resolution: This is an internal error.
2512Error in iconv() function during character set conversion (errno = %d). Resolution: Ensure the text being inserted contains only valid code points for the associated character set. This may be caused by using ENCRYPT or COMPRESS on a text field, resulting in binary data containing invalid characters.
2513Error from Get Encoding Scheme (QTQGESP) API: %d, %d, %d Resolution: This is an internal error.
2514Error from Get Related Default CCSID (QTQGRDC) API: %d, %d, %d. Resolution: This is an internal error.
2515Data out of range for column '%.192s'. Resolution: DB2 for i does not support a zero value for DATE and DATETIME data types. Specify a new value for the column.
2516Schema name '%.128s' exceeds maximum length of %d characters. Resolution: Change the schema name so that its length does not exceed the maximum. For mixed case or lowercase names, permit 2 characters for outer quotation marks.
2517Multiple collations not supported in a single index. Resolution: DB2 for i only supports sort sequences at the table or index level, so all character-based columns in the primary key or index must be using the same collation. Alter the table definition so that all columns use the same collation.
2518Sort sequence was not found. Resolution: Alter the table to use a collation that is supported by the IBMDB2I engine.
2519One or more characters in column %.128s were substituted during conversion. Resolution: This is a warning that during the conversion of data from MySQL to DB2 some characters were replaced with substitute characters.
2520A decimal column exceeded the maximum precision. Data may be truncated. Resolution: A decimal column specified on a CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE command has greater precision than DB2 permits. Data stored in this column may be truncated. Change the column specification to have a precision less than or equal to 63.
2521Some data returned by DB2 for table %s could not be converted for MySQL. Resolution: This is a warning that some data could not be converted from DB2 to MySQL. Data was likely inserted into the table using DB2 interfaces that is valid data for DB2 but is invalid for MySQL.
2523Column %.128s contains characters that cannot be converted. Resolution: An error occurred converting data from the MySQL character set to the associated DB2 coded character set identifier (CCSID).Omit the incompatible characters or alter the table to specify a different character set for the column.
2524An invalid name was specified for ibmdb2i_rdb_name. Resolution: Specify a valid relational database (RDB) name.
2525A duplicate key was encountered for index '%.128s'. Resolution: : Specify a unique key value for the row. Generally, this error occurs if a unique constraint or index has been applied to the table from a non-MySQL interface.
2528Some attribute(s) defined for column '%.128s' may not be honored by accesses from DB2.

14.8. The MERGE Storage Engine

The MERGE storage engine, also known as the MRG_MyISAM engine, is a collection of identical MyISAM tables that can be used as one. Identical means that all tables have identical column and index information. You cannot merge MyISAM tables in which the columns are listed in a different order, do not have exactly the same columns, or have the indexes in different order. However, any or all of the MyISAM tables can be compressed with myisampack. See Section 4.6.5, “myisampack — Generate Compressed, Read-Only MyISAM Tables”. Differences in table options such as AVG_ROW_LENGTH, MAX_ROWS, or PACK_KEYS do not matter.

An alternative to a MERGE table is a partitioned table, which stores partitions of a single table in separate files. Partitioning enables some operations to be performed more efficiently and is not limited to the MyISAM storage engine. For more information, see Chapter 18, Partitioning.

When you create a MERGE table, MySQL creates two files on disk. The files have names that begin with the table name and have an extension to indicate the file type. An .frm file stores the table format, and an .MRG file contains the names of the underlying MyISAM tables that should be used as one. The tables do not have to be in the same database as the MERGE table.

You can use SELECT, DELETE, UPDATE, and INSERT on MERGE tables. You must have SELECT, DELETE, and UPDATE privileges on the MyISAM tables that you map to a MERGE table.

Note

The use of MERGE tables entails the following security issue: If a user has access to MyISAM table t, that user can create a MERGE table m that accesses t. However, if the user's privileges on t are subsequently revoked, the user can continue to access t by doing so through m.

Use of DROP TABLE with a MERGE table drops only the MERGE specification. The underlying tables are not affected.

To create a MERGE table, you must specify a UNION=(list-of-tables) option that indicates which MyISAM tables to use. You can optionally specify an INSERT_METHOD option to control how inserts into the MERGE table take place. Use a value of FIRST or LAST to cause inserts to be made in the first or last underlying table, respectively. If you specify no INSERT_METHOD option or if you specify it with a value of NO, inserts into the MERGE table are not permitted and attempts to do so result in an error.

The following example shows how to create a MERGE table:

mysql> CREATE TABLE t1 (
    ->    a INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY,
    ->    message CHAR(20)) ENGINE=MyISAM;
mysql> CREATE TABLE t2 (
    ->    a INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY,
    ->    message CHAR(20)) ENGINE=MyISAM;
mysql> INSERT INTO t1 (message) VALUES ('Testing'),('table'),('t1');
mysql> INSERT INTO t2 (message) VALUES ('Testing'),('table'),('t2');
mysql> CREATE TABLE total (
    ->    a INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
    ->    message CHAR(20), INDEX(a))
    ->    ENGINE=MERGE UNION=(t1,t2) INSERT_METHOD=LAST;

Note that column a is indexed as a PRIMARY KEY in the underlying MyISAM tables, but not in the MERGE table. There it is indexed but not as a PRIMARY KEY because a MERGE table cannot enforce uniqueness over the set of underlying tables. (Similarly, a column with a UNIQUE index in the underlying tables should be indexed in the MERGE table but not as a UNIQUE index.)

After creating the MERGE table, you can use it to issue queries that operate on the group of tables as a whole:

mysql> SELECT * FROM total;
+---+---------+
| a | message |
+---+---------+
| 1 | Testing |
| 2 | table   |
| 3 | t1      |
| 1 | Testing |
| 2 | table   |
| 3 | t2      |
+---+---------+

To remap a MERGE table to a different collection of MyISAM tables, you can use one of the following methods:

  • DROP the MERGE table and re-create it.

  • Use ALTER TABLE tbl_name UNION=(...) to change the list of underlying tables.

    Beginning with MySQL 5.1.24, it is also possible to use ALTER TABLE ... UNION=() (that is, with an empty UNION clause) to remove all of the underlying tables.

As of MySQL 5.1.15, the underlying table definitions and indexes must conform more closely than previously to the definition of the MERGE table. Conformance is checked when a table that is part of a MERGE table is opened, not when the MERGE table is created. If any table fails the conformance checks, the operation that triggered the opening of the table fails. This means that changes to the definitions of tables within a MERGE may cause a failure when the MERGE table is accessed. The conformance checks applied to each table are:

  • The underlying table and the MERGE table must have the same number of columns.

  • The column order in the underlying table and the MERGE table must match.

  • Additionally, the specification for each corresponding column in the parent MERGE table and the underlying tables are compared and must satisfy these checks:

    • The column type in the underlying table and the MERGE table must be equal.

    • The column length in the underlying table and the MERGE table must be equal.

    • The column of the underlying table and the MERGE table can be NULL.

  • The underlying table must have at least as many indexes as the MERGE table. The underlying table may have more indexes than the MERGE table, but cannot have fewer.

    Note

    A known issue exists where indexes on the same columns must be in identical order, in both the MERGE table and the underlying MyISAM table. See Bug #33653.

    Each index must satisfy these checks:

    • The index type of the underlying table and the MERGE table must be the same.

    • The number of index parts (that is, multiple columns within a compound index) in the index definition for the underlying table and the MERGE table must be the same.

    • For each index part:

      • Index part lengths must be equal.

      • Index part types must be equal.

      • Index part languages must be equal.

      • Check whether index parts can be NULL.

For information about the table checks applied prior to MySQL 5.1.15, see Section 14.8.2, “MERGE Table Problems”.

As of MySQL 5.1.20, if a MERGE table cannot be opened or used because of a problem with an underlying table, CHECK TABLE displays information about which table caused the problem.

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14.8.1. MERGE Table Advantages and Disadvantages

MERGE tables can help you solve the following problems:

  • Easily manage a set of log tables. For example, you can put data from different months into separate tables, compress some of them with myisampack, and then create a MERGE table to use them as one.

  • Obtain more speed. You can split a large read-only table based on some criteria, and then put individual tables on different disks. A MERGE table structured this way could be much faster than using a single large table.

  • Perform more efficient searches. If you know exactly what you are looking for, you can search in just one of the underlying tables for some queries and use a MERGE table for others. You can even have many different MERGE tables that use overlapping sets of tables.

  • Perform more efficient repairs. It is easier to repair individual smaller tables that are mapped to a MERGE table than to repair a single large table.

  • Instantly map many tables as one. A MERGE table need not maintain an index of its own because it uses the indexes of the individual tables. As a result, MERGE table collections are very fast to create or remap. (You must still specify the index definitions when you create a MERGE table, even though no indexes are created.)

  • If you have a set of tables from which you create a large table on demand, you can instead create a MERGE table from them on demand. This is much faster and saves a lot of disk space.

  • Exceed the file size limit for the operating system. Each MyISAM table is bound by this limit, but a collection of MyISAM tables is not.

  • You can create an alias or synonym for a MyISAM table by defining a MERGE table that maps to that single table. There should be no really notable performance impact from doing this (only a couple of indirect calls and memcpy() calls for each read).

The disadvantages of MERGE tables are:

  • You can use only identical MyISAM tables for a MERGE table.

  • Some MyISAM features are unavailable in MERGE tables. For example, you cannot create FULLTEXT indexes on MERGE tables. (You can create FULLTEXT indexes on the underlying MyISAM tables, but you cannot search the MERGE table with a full-text search.)

  • If the MERGE table is nontemporary, all underlying MyISAM tables must be nontemporary. If the MERGE table is temporary, the MyISAM tables can be any mix of temporary and nontemporary.

  • MERGE tables use more file descriptors than MyISAM tables. If 10 clients are using a MERGE table that maps to 10 tables, the server uses (10 × 10) + 10 file descriptors. (10 data file descriptors for each of the 10 clients, and 10 index file descriptors shared among the clients.)

  • Index reads are slower. When you read an index, the MERGE storage engine needs to issue a read on all underlying tables to check which one most closely matches a given index value. To read the next index value, the MERGE storage engine needs to search the read buffers to find the next value. Only when one index buffer is used up does the storage engine need to read the next index block. This makes MERGE indexes much slower on eq_ref searches, but not much slower on ref searches. For more information about eq_ref and ref, see Section 13.8.2, “EXPLAIN Syntax”.

14.8.2. MERGE Table Problems

The following are known problems with MERGE tables:

  • In versions of MySQL Server prior to 5.1.23, it was possible to create temporary merge tables with nontemporary child MyISAM tables.

    From versions 5.1.23, MERGE children were locked through the parent table. If the parent was temporary, it was not locked and so the children were not locked either. Parallel use of the MyISAM tables corrupted them.

  • If you use ALTER TABLE to change a MERGE table to another storage engine, the mapping to the underlying tables is lost. Instead, the rows from the underlying MyISAM tables are copied into the altered table, which then uses the specified storage engine.

  • The INSERT_METHOD table option for a MERGE table indicates which underlying MyISAM table to use for inserts into the MERGE table. However, use of the AUTO_INCREMENT table option for that MyISAM table has no effect for inserts into the MERGE table until at least one row has been inserted directly into the MyISAM table.

  • A MERGE table cannot maintain uniqueness constraints over the entire table. When you perform an INSERT, the data goes into the first or last MyISAM table (as determined by the INSERT_METHOD option). MySQL ensures that unique key values remain unique within that MyISAM table, but not over all the underlying tables in the collection.

  • Because the MERGE engine cannot enforce uniqueness over the set of underlying tables, REPLACE does not work as expected. The two key facts are:

    • REPLACE can detect unique key violations only in the underlying table to which it is going to write (which is determined by the INSERT_METHOD option). This differs from violations in the MERGE table itself.

    • If REPLACE detects a unique key violation, it will change only the corresponding row in the underlying table it is writing to; that is, the first or last table, as determined by the INSERT_METHOD option.

    Similar considerations apply for INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE.

  • MERGE tables do not support partitioning. That is, you cannot partition a MERGE table, nor can any of a MERGE table's underlying MyISAM tables be partitioned.

  • You should not use ANALYZE TABLE, REPAIR TABLE, OPTIMIZE TABLE, ALTER TABLE, DROP TABLE, DELETE without a WHERE clause, or TRUNCATE TABLE on any of the tables that are mapped into an open MERGE table. If you do so, the MERGE table may still refer to the original table and yield unexpected results. To work around this problem, ensure that no MERGE tables remain open by issuing a FLUSH TABLES statement prior to performing any of the named operations.

    The unexpected results include the possibility that the operation on the MERGE table will report table corruption. If this occurs after one of the named operations on the underlying MyISAM tables, the corruption message is spurious. To deal with this, issue a FLUSH TABLES statement after modifying the MyISAM tables.

  • DROP TABLE on a table that is in use by a MERGE table does not work on Windows because the MERGE storage engine's table mapping is hidden from the upper layer of MySQL. Windows does not permit open files to be deleted, so you first must flush all MERGE tables (with FLUSH TABLES) or drop the MERGE table before dropping the table.

  • As of MySQL 5.1.15, the definition of the MyISAM tables and the MERGE table are checked when the tables are accessed (for example, as part of a SELECT or INSERT statement). The checks ensure that the definitions of the tables and the parent MERGE table definition match by comparing column order, types, sizes and associated indexes. If there is a difference between the tables, an error is returned and the statement fails. Because these checks take place when the tables are opened, any changes to the definition of a single table, including column changes, column ordering, and engine alterations will cause the statement to fail.

    Prior to MySQL 5.1.15, table checks are applied as follows:

    • When you create or alter MERGE table, there is no check to ensure that the underlying tables are existing MyISAM tables and have identical structures. When the MERGE table is used, MySQL checks that the row length for all mapped tables is equal, but this is not foolproof. If you create a MERGE table from dissimilar MyISAM tables, you are very likely to run into strange problems.

    • Similarly, if you create a MERGE table from non-MyISAM tables, or if you drop an underlying table or alter it to be a non-MyISAM table, no error for the MERGE table occurs until later when you attempt to use it.

    • Because the underlying MyISAM tables need not exist when the MERGE table is created, you can create the tables in any order, as long as you do not use the MERGE table until all of its underlying tables are in place. Also, if you can ensure that a MERGE table will not be used during a given period, you can perform maintenance operations on the underlying tables, such as backing up or restoring them, altering them, or dropping and recreating them. It is not necessary to redefine the MERGE table temporarily to exclude the underlying tables while you are operating on them.

  • The order of indexes in the MERGE table and its underlying tables should be the same. If you use ALTER TABLE to add a UNIQUE index to a table used in a MERGE table, and then use ALTER TABLE to add a nonunique index on the MERGE table, the index ordering is different for the tables if there was already a nonunique index in the underlying table. (This happens because ALTER TABLE puts UNIQUE indexes before nonunique indexes to facilitate rapid detection of duplicate keys.) Consequently, queries on tables with such indexes may return unexpected results.

  • If you encounter an error message similar to ERROR 1017 (HY000): Can't find file: 'tbl_name.MRG' (errno: 2), it generally indicates that some of the underlying tables do not use the MyISAM storage engine. Confirm that all of these tables are MyISAM.

  • The maximum number of rows in a MERGE table is 264 (~1.844E+19; the same as for a MyISAM table), provided that the server was built using the --with-big-tables option. (All standard MySQL 5.1 standard binaries are built with this option; for more information, see Section 2.11.4, “MySQL Source-Configuration Options”.) It is not possible to merge multiple MyISAM tables into a single MERGE table that would have more than this number of rows.

  • The MERGE storage engine does not support INSERT DELAYED statements.

  • Use of underlying MyISAM tables of differing row formats with a parent MERGE table is currently known to fail. See Bug #32364.

  • As of MySQL 5.1.23, you cannot change the union list of a nontemporary MERGE table when LOCK TABLES is in effect. The following does not work:

    CREATE TABLE m1 ... ENGINE=MRG_MYISAM ...;
    LOCK TABLES t1 WRITE, t2 WRITE, m1 WRITE;
    ALTER TABLE m1 ... UNION=(t1,t2) ...;

    However, you can do this with a temporary MERGE table.

  • As of MySQL 5.1.23, you cannot create a MERGE table with CREATE ... SELECT, neither as a temporary MERGE table, nor as a nontemporary MERGE table. For example:

    CREATE TABLE m1 ... ENGINE=MRG_MYISAM ... SELECT ...;

    Attempts to do this result in an error: tbl_name is not BASE TABLE.

  • In some cases, differing PACK_KEYS table option values among the MERGE and underlying tables cause unexpected results if the underlying tables contain CHAR or BINARY columns. As a workaround, use ALTER TABLE to ensure that all involved tables have the same PACK_KEYS value. (Bug #50646)

14.9. The MEMORY Storage Engine

The MEMORY storage engine (formerly known as HEAP) creates special-purpose tables with contents that are stored in memory. Because the data is vulnerable to crashes, hardware issues, or power outages, only use these tables as temporary work areas or read-only caches for data pulled from other tables.

Table 14.13. MEMORY Storage Engine Features

Storage limitsRAMTransactionsNoLocking granularityTable
MVCCNoGeospatial data type supportNoGeospatial indexing supportNo
B-tree indexesYesT-tree indexesNoHash indexesYes
Full-text search indexesNoClustered indexesNoData cachesN/A
Index cachesN/ACompressed dataNoEncrypted data[a]Yes
Cluster database supportNoReplication support[b]YesForeign key supportNo
Backup / point-in-time recovery[c]YesQuery cache supportYesUpdate statistics for data dictionaryYes

[a] Implemented in the server (via encryption functions), rather than in the storage engine.

[b] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.

[c] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.


When to Use MEMORY or MySQL Cluster.  Developers looking to deploy applications that use the MEMORY storage engine for important, highly available, or frequently updated data should consider whether MySQL Cluster is a better choice. A typical use case for the MEMORY engine involves these characteristics:

  • Operations involving transient, non-critical data such as session management or caching. When the MySQL server halts or restarts, the data in MEMORY tables is lost.

  • In-memory storage for fast access and low latency. Data volume can fit entirely in memory without causing the operating system to swap out virtual memory pages.

  • A read-only or read-mostly data access pattern (limited updates).

MySQL Cluster offers the same features as the MEMORY engine with higher performance levels, and provides additional features not available with MEMORY:

  • Row-level locking and multiple-thread operation for low contention between clients.

  • Scalability even with statement mixes that include writes.

  • Optional disk-backed operation for data durability.

  • Shared-nothing architecture and multiple-host operation with no single point of failure, enabling 99.999% availability.

  • Automatic data distribution across nodes; application developers need not craft custom sharding or partitioning solutions.

  • Support for variable-length data types (including BLOB and TEXT) not supported by MEMORY.

For a white paper with more detailed comparison of the MEMORY storage engine and MySQL Cluster, see Scaling Web Services with MySQL Cluster: An Alternative to the MySQL Memory Storage Engine. This white paper includes a performance study of the two technologies and a step-by-step guide describing how existing MEMORY users can migrate to MySQL Cluster.

Performance Characteristics

MEMORY performance is constrained by contention resulting from single-thread execution and table lock overhead when processing updates. This limits scalability when load increases, particularly for statement mixes that include writes.

Despite the in-memory processing for MEMORY tables, they are not necessarily faster than InnoDB tables on a busy server, for general-purpose queries, or under a read/write workload. In particular, the table locking involved with performing updates can slow down concurrent usage of MEMORY tables from multiple sessions.

Depending on the kinds of queries performed on a MEMORY table, you might create indexes as either the default hash data structure (for looking up single values based on a unique key), or a general-purpose B-tree data structure (for all kinds of queries involving equality, inequality, or range operators such as less than or greater than). The following sections illustrate the syntax for creating both kinds of indexes. A common performance issue is using the default hash indexes in workloads where B-tree indexes are more efficient.

Physical Characteristics of MEMORY Tables

The MEMORY storage engine associates each table with one disk file, which stores the table definition (not the data). The file name begins with the table name and has an extension of .frm.

MEMORY tables have the following characteristics:

  • Space for MEMORY tables is allocated in small blocks. Tables use 100% dynamic hashing for inserts. No overflow area or extra key space is needed. No extra space is needed for free lists. Deleted rows are put in a linked list and are reused when you insert new data into the table. MEMORY tables also have none of the problems commonly associated with deletes plus inserts in hashed tables.

  • MEMORY tables use a fixed-length row-storage format. Variable-length types such as VARCHAR are stored using a fixed length.

  • MEMORY tables cannot contain BLOB or TEXT columns.

  • MEMORY includes support for AUTO_INCREMENT columns.

  • Non-TEMPORARY MEMORY tables are shared among all clients, just like any other non-TEMPORARY table.

DDL Operations for MEMORY Tables

To create a MEMORY table, specify the clause ENGINE=MEMORY on the CREATE TABLE statement.

CREATE TABLE t (i INT) ENGINE = MEMORY;

As indicated by the engine name, MEMORY tables are stored in memory. They use hash indexes by default, which makes them very fast for single-value lookups, and very useful for creating temporary tables. However, when the server shuts down, all rows stored in MEMORY tables are lost. The tables themselves continue to exist because their definitions are stored in .frm files on disk, but they are empty when the server restarts.

This example shows how you might create, use, and remove a MEMORY table:

mysql> CREATE TABLE test ENGINE=MEMORY
    ->     SELECT ip,SUM(downloads) AS down
    ->     FROM log_table GROUP BY ip;
mysql> SELECT COUNT(ip),AVG(down) FROM test;
mysql> DROP TABLE test;

The maximum size of MEMORY tables is limited by the max_heap_table_size system variable, which has a default value of 16MB. To enforce different size limits for MEMORY tables, change the value of this variable. The value in effect for CREATE TABLE, or a subsequent ALTER TABLE or TRUNCATE TABLE, is the value used for the life of the table. A server restart also sets the maximum size of existing MEMORY tables to the global max_heap_table_size value. You can set the size for individual tables as described later in this section.

Indexes

The MEMORY storage engine supports both HASH and BTREE indexes. You can specify one or the other for a given index by adding a USING clause as shown here:

CREATE TABLE lookup
    (id INT, INDEX USING HASH (id))
    ENGINE = MEMORY;
CREATE TABLE lookup
    (id INT, INDEX USING BTREE (id))
    ENGINE = MEMORY;

For general characteristics of B-tree and hash indexes, see Section 8.5.3, “How MySQL Uses Indexes”.

MEMORY tables can have up to 64 indexes per table, 16 columns per index and a maximum key length of 3072 bytes.

If a MEMORY table hash index has a high degree of key duplication (many index entries containing the same value), updates to the table that affect key values and all deletes are significantly slower. The degree of this slowdown is proportional to the degree of duplication (or, inversely proportional to the index cardinality). You can use a BTREE index to avoid this problem.

MEMORY tables can have nonunique keys. (This is an uncommon feature for implementations of hash indexes.)

Columns that are indexed can contain NULL values.

User-Created and Temporary Tables

MEMORY table contents are stored in memory, which is a property that MEMORY tables share with internal temporary tables that the server creates on the fly while processing queries. However, the two types of tables differ in that MEMORY tables are not subject to storage conversion, whereas internal temporary tables are:

Loading Data

To populate a MEMORY table when the MySQL server starts, you can use the --init-file option. For example, you can put statements such as INSERT INTO ... SELECT or LOAD DATA INFILE into this file to load the table from a persistent data source. See Section 5.1.3, “Server Command Options”, and Section 13.2.6, “LOAD DATA INFILE Syntax”.

For loading data into MEMORY tables accessed by other sessions concurrently, MEMORY supports INSERT DELAYED. See Section 13.2.5.2, “INSERT DELAYED Syntax”.

MEMORY Tables and Replication

A server's MEMORY tables become empty when it is shut down and restarted. If the server is a replication master, its slaves are not aware that these tables have become empty, so you see out-of-date content if you select data from the tables on the slaves. To synchronize master and slave MEMORY tables, when a MEMORY table is used on a master for the first time since it was started, a DELETE statement is written to the master's binary log, to empty the table on the slaves also. The slave still has outdated data in the table during the interval between the master's restart and its first use of the table. To avoid this interval when a direct query to the slave could return stale data, use the --init-file option to populate the MEMORY table on the master at startup.

Managing Memory Use

The server needs sufficient memory to maintain all MEMORY tables that are in use at the same time.

Memory is not reclaimed if you delete individual rows from a MEMORY table. Memory is reclaimed only when the entire table is deleted. Memory that was previously used for deleted rows is re-used for new rows within the same table. To free all the memory used by a MEMORY table when you no longer require its contents, execute DELETE or TRUNCATE TABLE to remove all rows, or remove the table altogether using DROP TABLE. To free up the memory used by deleted rows, use ALTER TABLE ENGINE=MEMORY to force a table rebuild.

The memory needed for one row in a MEMORY table is calculated using the following expression:

SUM_OVER_ALL_BTREE_KEYS(max_length_of_key + sizeof(char*) * 4)
+ SUM_OVER_ALL_HASH_KEYS(sizeof(char*) * 2)
+ ALIGN(length_of_row+1, sizeof(char*))

ALIGN() represents a round-up factor to cause the row length to be an exact multiple of the char pointer size. sizeof(char*) is 4 on 32-bit machines and 8 on 64-bit machines.

As mentioned earlier, the max_heap_table_size system variable sets the limit on the maximum size of MEMORY tables. To control the maximum size for individual tables, set the session value of this variable before creating each table. (Do not change the global max_heap_table_size value unless you intend the value to be used for MEMORY tables created by all clients.) The following example creates two MEMORY tables, with a maximum size of 1MB and 2MB, respectively:

mysql> SET max_heap_table_size = 1024*1024;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> CREATE TABLE t1 (id INT, UNIQUE(id)) ENGINE = MEMORY;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)

mysql> SET max_heap_table_size = 1024*1024*2;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> CREATE TABLE t2 (id INT, UNIQUE(id)) ENGINE = MEMORY;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

Both tables revert to the server's global max_heap_table_size value if the server restarts.

You can also specify a MAX_ROWS table option in CREATE TABLE statements for MEMORY tables to provide a hint about the number of rows you plan to store in them. This does not enable the table to grow beyond the max_heap_table_size value, which still acts as a constraint on maximum table size. For maximum flexibility in being able to use MAX_ROWS, set max_heap_table_size at least as high as the value to which you want each MEMORY table to be able to grow.

Additional Resources

A forum dedicated to the MEMORY storage engine is available at http://forums.mysql.com/list.php?92.

14.10. The EXAMPLE Storage Engine

The EXAMPLE storage engine is a stub engine that does nothing. Its purpose is to serve as an example in the MySQL source code that illustrates how to begin writing new storage engines. As such, it is primarily of interest to developers.

To enable the EXAMPLE storage engine if you build MySQL from source, invoke configure with the --with-example-storage-engine option.

To examine the source for the EXAMPLE engine, look in the storage/example directory of a MySQL source distribution.

When you create an EXAMPLE table, the server creates a table format file in the database directory. The file begins with the table name and has an .frm extension. No other files are created. No data can be stored into the table. Retrievals return an empty result.

mysql> CREATE TABLE test (i INT) ENGINE = EXAMPLE;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.78 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO test VALUES(1),(2),(3);
ERROR 1031 (HY000): Table storage engine for 'test' doesn't »
                    have this option

mysql> SELECT * FROM test;
Empty set (0.31 sec)

The EXAMPLE storage engine does not support indexing.

14.11. The FEDERATED Storage Engine

The FEDERATED storage engine lets you access data from a remote MySQL database without using replication or cluster technology. Querying a local FEDERATED table automatically pulls the data from the remote (federated) tables. No data is stored on the local tables.

To include the FEDERATED storage engine if you build MySQL from source, invoke configure with the --with-federated-storage-engine option.

Beginning with MySQL 5.1.26, the FEDERATED storage engine is not enabled by default in the running server; to enable FEDERATED, you must start the MySQL server binary using the --federated option.

To examine the source for the FEDERATED engine, look in the storage/federated directory of a MySQL source distribution.

14.11.1. FEDERATED Storage Engine Overview

When you create a table using one of the standard storage engines (such as MyISAM, CSV or InnoDB), the table consists of the table definition and the associated data. When you create a FEDERATED table, the table definition is the same, but the physical storage of the data is handled on a remote server.

A FEDERATED table consists of two elements:

  • A remote server with a database table, which in turn consists of the table definition (stored in the .frm file) and the associated table. The table type of the remote table may be any type supported by the remote mysqld server, including MyISAM or InnoDB.

  • A local server with a database table, where the table definition matches that of the corresponding table on the remote server. The table definition is stored within the .frm file. However, there is no data file on the local server. Instead, the table definition includes a connection string that points to the remote table.

When executing queries and statements on a FEDERATED table on the local server, the operations that would normally insert, update or delete information from a local data file are instead sent to the remote server for execution, where they update the data file on the remote server or return matching rows from the remote server.

The basic structure of a FEDERATED table setup is shown in Figure 14.1, “FEDERATED Table Structure”.

Figure 14.1. FEDERATED Table Structure

FEDERATED table structure

When a client issues an SQL statement that refers to a FEDERATED table, the flow of information between the local server (where the SQL statement is executed) and the remote server (where the data is physically stored) is as follows:

  1. The storage engine looks through each column that the FEDERATED table has and constructs an appropriate SQL statement that refers to the remote table.

  2. The statement is sent to the remote server using the MySQL client API.

  3. The remote server processes the statement and the local server retrieves any result that the statement produces (an affected-rows count or a result set).

  4. If the statement produces a result set, each column is converted to internal storage engine format that the FEDERATED engine expects and can use to display the result to the client that issued the original statement.

The local server communicates with the remote server using MySQL client C API functions. It invokes mysql_real_query() to send the statement. To read a result set, it uses mysql_store_result() and fetches rows one at a time using mysql_fetch_row().

14.11.2. How to Create FEDERATED Tables

To create a FEDERATED table you should follow these steps:

  1. Create the table on the remote server. Alternatively, make a note of the table definition of an existing table, perhaps using the SHOW CREATE TABLE statement.

  2. Create the table on the local server with an identical table definition, but adding the connection information that links the local table to the remote table.

For example, you could create the following table on the remote server:

CREATE TABLE test_table (
    id     INT(20) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
    name   VARCHAR(32) NOT NULL DEFAULT '',
    other  INT(20) NOT NULL DEFAULT '0',
    PRIMARY KEY  (id),
    INDEX name (name),
    INDEX other_key (other)
)
ENGINE=MyISAM
DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1;

To create the local table that will be federated to the remote table, there are two options available. You can either create the local table and specify the connection string (containing the server name, login, password) to be used to connect to the remote table using the CONNECTION, or you can use an existing connection that you have previously created using the CREATE SERVER statement.

Important

When you create the local table it must have an identical field definition to the remote table.

Note

You can improve the performance of a FEDERATED table by adding indexes to the table on the host. The optimization will occur because the query sent to the remote server will include the contents of the WHERE clause and will be sent to the remote server and subsequently executed locally. This reduces the network traffic that would otherwise request the entire table from the server for local processing.

14.11.2.1. Creating a FEDERATED Table Using CONNECTION

To use the first method, you must specify the CONNECTION string after the engine type in a CREATE TABLE statement. For example:

CREATE TABLE federated_table (
    id     INT(20) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
    name   VARCHAR(32) NOT NULL DEFAULT '',
    other  INT(20) NOT NULL DEFAULT '0',
    PRIMARY KEY  (id),
    INDEX name (name),
    INDEX other_key (other)
)
ENGINE=FEDERATED
DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1
CONNECTION='mysql://fed_user@remote_host:9306/federated/test_table';
Note

CONNECTION replaces the COMMENT used in some previous versions of MySQL.

The CONNECTION string contains the information required to connect to the remote server containing the table that will be used to physically store the data. The connection string specifies the server name, login credentials, port number and database/table information. In the example, the remote table is on the server remote_host, using port 9306. The name and port number should match the host name (or IP address) and port number of the remote MySQL server instance you want to use as your remote table.

The format of the connection string is as follows:

scheme://user_name[:password]@host_name[:port_num]/db_name/tbl_name

Where:

  • scheme: A recognized connection protocol. Only mysql is supported as the scheme value at this point.

  • user_name: The user name for the connection. This user must have been created on the remote server, and must have suitable privileges to perform the required actions (SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and so forth) on the remote table.

  • password: (Optional) The corresponding password for user_name.

  • host_name: The host name or IP address of the remote server.

  • port_num: (Optional) The port number for the remote server. The default is 3306.

  • db_name: The name of the database holding the remote table.

  • tbl_name: The name of the remote table. The name of the local and the remote table do not have to match.

Sample connection strings:

CONNECTION='mysql://username:password@hostname:port/database/tablename'
CONNECTION='mysql://username@hostname/database/tablename'
CONNECTION='mysql://username:password@hostname/database/tablename'

14.11.2.2. Creating a FEDERATED Table Using CREATE SERVER

If you are creating a number of FEDERATED tables on the same server, or if you want to simplify the process of creating FEDERATED tables, you can use the CREATE SERVER statement to define the server connection parameters, just as you would with the CONNECTION string.

The format of the CREATE SERVER statement is:

CREATE SERVERserver_name
FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER wrapper_name
OPTIONS (option [, option] ...)

The server_name is used in the connection string when creating a new FEDERATED table.

For example, to create a server connection identical to the CONNECTION string:

CONNECTION='mysql://fed_user@remote_host:9306/federated/test_table';

You would use the following statement:

CREATE SERVER fedlink
FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER mysql
OPTIONS (USER 'fed_user', HOST 'remote_host', PORT 9306, DATABASE 'federated');

To create a FEDERATED table that uses this connection, you still use the CONNECTION keyword, but specify the name you used in the CREATE SERVER statement.

CREATE TABLE test_table (
    id     INT(20) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
    name   VARCHAR(32) NOT NULL DEFAULT '',
    other  INT(20) NOT NULL DEFAULT '0',
    PRIMARY KEY  (id),
    INDEX name (name),
    INDEX other_key (other)
)
ENGINE=FEDERATED
DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1
CONNECTION='fedlink/test_table';

The connection name in this example contains the name of the connection (fedlink) and the name of the table (test_table) to link to, separated by a slash. If you specify only the connection name without a table name, the table name of the local table is used instead.

For more information on CREATE SERVER, see Section 13.1.16, “CREATE SERVER Syntax”.

The CREATE SERVER statement accepts the same arguments as the CONNECTION string. The CREATE SERVER statement updates the rows in the mysql.servers table. See the following table for information on the correspondence between parameters in a connection string, options in the CREATE SERVER statement, and the columns in the mysql.servers table. For reference, the format of the CONNECTION string is as follows:

scheme://user_name[:password]@host_name[:port_num]/db_name/tbl_name
DescriptionCONNECTION stringCREATE SERVER optionmysql.servers column
Connection schemeschemewrapper_nameWrapper
Remote useruser_nameUSERUsername
Remote passwordpasswordPASSWORDPassword
Remote hosthost_nameHOSTHost
Remote portport_numPORTPort
Remote databasedb_nameDATABASEDb

14.11.3. FEDERATED Storage Engine Notes and Tips

You should be aware of the following points when using the FEDERATED storage engine:

  • FEDERATED tables may be replicated to other slaves, but you must ensure that the slave servers are able to use the user/password combination that is defined in the CONNECTION string (or the row in the mysql.servers table) to connect to the remote server.

The following items indicate features that the FEDERATED storage engine does and does not support:

  • The remote server must be a MySQL server.

  • The remote table that a FEDERATED table points to must exist before you try to access the table through the FEDERATED table.

  • It is possible for one FEDERATED table to point to another, but you must be careful not to create a loop.

  • A FEDERATED table does not support indexes per se. Because access to the table is handled remotely, it is the remote table that supports the indexes. Care should be taken when creating a FEDERATED table since the index definition from an equivalent MyISAM or other table may not be supported. For example, creating a FEDERATED table with an index prefix on VARCHAR, TEXT or BLOB columns will fail. The following definition in MyISAM is valid:

    CREATE TABLE `T1`(`A` VARCHAR(100),UNIQUE KEY(`A`(30))) ENGINE=MYISAM;

    The key prefix in this example is incompatible with the FEDERATED engine, and the equivalent statement will fail:

    CREATE TABLE `T1`(`A` VARCHAR(100),UNIQUE KEY(`A`(30))) ENGINE=FEDERATED
      CONNECTION='MYSQL://127.0.0.1:3306/TEST/T1';

    If possible, you should try to separate the column and index definition when creating tables on both the remote server and the local server to avoid these index issues.

  • Internally, the implementation uses SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE, but not HANDLER.

  • The FEDERATED storage engine supports SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, TRUNCATE TABLE, and indexes. It does not support ALTER TABLE, or any Data Definition Language statements that directly affect the structure of the table, other than DROP TABLE. The current implementation does not use prepared statements.

  • FEDERATED accepts INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE statements, but if a duplicate-key violation occurs, the statement fails with an error.

  • Performance on a FEDERATED table when performing bulk inserts (for example, on a INSERT INTO ... SELECT ... statement) is slower than with other table types because each selected row is treated as an individual INSERT statement on the FEDERATED table.

  • Transactions are not supported.

  • Before MySQL 5.1.21, for a multiple-row insert into a FEDERATED table that refers to a remote transactional table, if the insert failed for a row due to constraint failure, the remote table would contain a partial commit (the rows preceding the failed one) instead of rolling back the statement completely. This occurred because the rows were treated as individual inserts.

    As of MySQL 5.1.21, FEDERATED performs bulk-insert handling such that multiple rows are sent to the remote table in a batch. This provides a performance improvement and enables the remote table to perform improvement. Also, if the remote table is transactional, it enables the remote storage engine to perform statement rollback properly should an error occur. This capability has the following limitations:

    • The size of the insert cannot exceed the maximum packet size between servers. If the insert exceeds this size, it is broken into multiple packets and the rollback problem can occur.

    • Bulk-insert handling does not occur for INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE.

  • There is no way for the FEDERATED engine to know if the remote table has changed. The reason for this is that this table must work like a data file that would never be written to by anything other than the database system. The integrity of the data in the local table could be breached if there was any change to the remote database.

  • When using a CONNECTION string, you cannot use an '@' character in the password. You can get round this limitation by using the CREATE SERVER statement to create a server connection.

  • The insert_id and timestamp options are not propagated to the data provider.

  • Any DROP TABLE statement issued against a FEDERATED table drops only the local table, not the remote table.

  • FEDERATED tables do not work with the query cache.

  • User-defined partitioning is not supported for FEDERATED tables. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.15, it is no longer possible to create such tables at all.

14.11.4. FEDERATED Storage Engine Resources

The following additional resources are available for the FEDERATED storage engine:

14.12. The ARCHIVE Storage Engine

The ARCHIVE storage engine is used for storing large amounts of data without indexes in a very small footprint.

Table 14.14. ARCHIVE Storage Engine Features

Storage limitsNoneTransactionsNoLocking granularityTable
MVCCNoGeospatial data type supportYesGeospatial indexing supportNo
B-tree indexesNoT-tree indexesNoHash indexesNo
Full-text search indexesNoClustered indexesNoData cachesNo
Index cachesNoCompressed dataYesEncrypted data[a]Yes
Cluster database supportNoReplication support[b]YesForeign key supportNo
Backup / point-in-time recovery[c]YesQuery cache supportYesUpdate statistics for data dictionaryYes

[a] Implemented in the server (via encryption functions), rather than in the storage engine.

[b] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.

[c] Implemented in the server, rather than in the storage engine.


The ARCHIVE storage engine is included in MySQL binary distributions. To enable this storage engine if you build MySQL from source, invoke configure with the --with-archive-storage-engine option.

To examine the source for the ARCHIVE engine, look in the storage/archive directory of a MySQL source distribution.

You can check whether the ARCHIVE storage engine is available with the SHOW ENGINES statement.

When you create an ARCHIVE table, the server creates a table format file in the database directory. The file begins with the table name and has an .frm extension. The storage engine creates other files, all having names beginning with the table name. The data file has an extension of .ARZ. (Prior to MySQL 5.1.15, a metadata file with an extension of .ARM is created as well.) An .ARN file may appear during optimization operations.

The ARCHIVE engine supports INSERT and SELECT, but not DELETE, REPLACE, or UPDATE. It does support ORDER BY operations, BLOB columns, and basically all but spatial data types (see Section 12.17.4.1, “MySQL Spatial Data Types”). The ARCHIVE engine uses row-level locking.

As of MySQL 5.1.6, the ARCHIVE engine supports the AUTO_INCREMENT column attribute. The AUTO_INCREMENT column can have either a unique or nonunique index. Attempting to create an index on any other column results in an error. The ARCHIVE engine also supports the AUTO_INCREMENT table option in CREATE TABLE and ALTER TABLE statements to specify the initial sequence value for a new table or reset the sequence value for an existing table, respectively.

As of MySQL 5.1.6, the ARCHIVE engine ignores BLOB columns if they are not requested and scans past them while reading. Formerly, the following two statements had the same cost, but as of 5.1.6, the second is much more efficient than the first:

SELECT a, b, blob_col FROM archive_table;
SELECT a, b FROM archive_table;

Storage: Rows are compressed as they are inserted. The ARCHIVE engine uses zlib lossless data compression (see http://www.zlib.net/). You can use OPTIMIZE TABLE to analyze the table and pack it into a smaller format (for a reason to use OPTIMIZE TABLE, see later in this section). The engine also supports CHECK TABLE. There are several types of insertions that are used:

  • An INSERT statement just pushes rows into a compression buffer, and that buffer flushes as necessary. The insertion into the buffer is protected by a lock. A SELECT forces a flush to occur, unless the only insertions that have come in were INSERT DELAYED (those flush as necessary). See Section 13.2.5.2, “INSERT DELAYED Syntax”.

  • A bulk insert is visible only after it completes, unless other inserts occur at the same time, in which case it can be seen partially. A SELECT never causes a flush of a bulk insert unless a normal insert occurs while it is loading.

Retrieval: On retrieval, rows are uncompressed on demand; there is no row cache. A SELECT operation performs a complete table scan: When a SELECT occurs, it finds out how many rows are currently available and reads that number of rows. SELECT is performed as a consistent read. Note that lots of SELECT statements during insertion can deteriorate the compression, unless only bulk or delayed inserts are used. To achieve better compression, you can use OPTIMIZE TABLE or REPAIR TABLE. The number of rows in ARCHIVE tables reported by SHOW TABLE STATUS is always accurate. See Section 13.7.2.5, “OPTIMIZE TABLE Syntax”, Section 13.7.2.6, “REPAIR TABLE Syntax”, and Section 13.7.5.38, “SHOW TABLE STATUS Syntax”.

Warning

Known issue: After a binary upgrade to MySQL 5.1 from a MySQL 5.0 installation that contains ARCHIVE tables:

In either case, the solution is to use mysqldump to dump all 5.0 ARCHIVE tables before upgrading, and reload them into MySQL 5.1 after upgrading. This problem is fixed in MySQL 5.6.4: The server can open ARCHIVE tables created in MySQL 5.0. However, it remains the recommended upgrade procedure to dump 5.0 ARCHIVE tables before upgrading and reload after upgrading.

Additional Resources

14.13. The CSV Storage Engine

The CSV storage engine stores data in text files using comma-separated values format.

To enable the CSV storage engine if you build MySQL from source, invoke configure with the --with-csv-storage-engine option.

To examine the source for the CSV engine, look in the storage/csv directory of a MySQL source distribution.

When you create a CSV table, the server creates a table format file in the database directory. The file begins with the table name and has an .frm extension. The storage engine also creates a data file. Its name begins with the table name and has a .CSV extension. The data file is a plain text file. When you store data into the table, the storage engine saves it into the data file in comma-separated values format.

mysql> CREATE TABLE test (i INT NOT NULL, c CHAR(10) NOT NULL)
    -> ENGINE = CSV;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.12 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO test VALUES(1,'record one'),(2,'record two');
Query OK, 2 rows affected (0.00 sec)
Records: 2  Duplicates: 0  Warnings: 0

mysql> SELECT * FROM test;
+------+------------+
| i    | c          |
+------+------------+
|    1 | record one |
|    2 | record two |
+------+------------+
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Starting with MySQL 5.1.9, creating a CSV table also creates a corresponding Metafile that stores the state of the table and the number of rows that exist in the table. The name of this file is the same as the name of the table with the extension CSM.

If you examine the test.CSV file in the database directory created by executing the preceding statements, its contents should look like this:

"1","record one"
"2","record two"

This format can be read, and even written, by spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel or StarOffice Calc.

14.13.1. Repairing and Checking CSV Tables

Functionality introduced in version 5.1.9

The CSV storage engines supports the CHECK and REPAIR statements to verify and if possible repair a damaged CSV table.

When running the CHECK statement, the CSV file will be checked for validity by looking for the correct field separators, escaped fields (matching or missing quotation marks), the correct number of fields compared to the table definition and the existence of a corresponding CSV metafile. The first invalid row discovered will report an error. Checking a valid table produces output like that shown below:

mysql> check table csvtest;
+--------------+-------+----------+----------+
| Table        | Op    | Msg_type | Msg_text |
+--------------+-------+----------+----------+
| test.csvtest | check | status   | OK       |
+--------------+-------+----------+----------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

A check on a corrupted table returns a fault:

mysql> check table csvtest;
+--------------+-------+----------+----------+
| Table        | Op    | Msg_type | Msg_text |
+--------------+-------+----------+----------+
| test.csvtest | check | error    | Corrupt  |
+--------------+-------+----------+----------+
1 row in set (0.01 sec)

If the check fails, the table is marked as crashed (corrupt). Once a table has been marked as corrupt, it is automatically repaired when you next run CHECK or execute a SELECT statement. The corresponding corrupt status and new status will be displayed when running CHECK:

mysql> check table csvtest;
+--------------+-------+----------+----------------------------+
| Table        | Op    | Msg_type | Msg_text                   |
+--------------+-------+----------+----------------------------+
| test.csvtest | check | warning  | Table is marked as crashed |
| test.csvtest | check | status   | OK                         |
+--------------+-------+----------+----------------------------+
2 rows in set (0.08 sec)

To repair a table you can use REPAIR, this copies as many valid rows from the existing CSV data as possible, and then replaces the existing CSV file with the recovered rows. Any rows beyond the corrupted data are lost.

mysql> repair table csvtest;
+--------------+--------+----------+----------+
| Table        | Op     | Msg_type | Msg_text |
+--------------+--------+----------+----------+
| test.csvtest | repair | status   | OK       |
+--------------+--------+----------+----------+
1 row in set (0.02 sec)
Warning

Note that during repair, only the rows from the CSV file up to the first damaged row are copied to the new table. All other rows from the first damaged row to the end of the table are removed, even valid rows.

14.13.2. CSV Limitations

The CSV storage engine does not support indexing.

Partitioning is not supported for tables using the CSV storage engine. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.12, it is no longer possible to create partitioned CSV tables. (See Bug #19307)

Beginning with MySQL 5.1.23, all tables that you create using the CSV storage engine must have the NOT NULL attribute on all columns. However, for backward compatibility, you can continue to use tables with nullable columns that were created in previous MySQL releases. (Bug #32050)

14.14. The BLACKHOLE Storage Engine

The BLACKHOLE storage engine acts as a black hole that accepts data but throws it away and does not store it. Retrievals always return an empty result:

mysql> CREATE TABLE test(i INT, c CHAR(10)) ENGINE = BLACKHOLE;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.03 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO test VALUES(1,'record one'),(2,'record two');
Query OK, 2 rows affected (0.00 sec)
Records: 2  Duplicates: 0  Warnings: 0

mysql> SELECT * FROM test;
Empty set (0.00 sec)

To enable the BLACKHOLE storage engine if you build MySQL from source, invoke configure with the --with-blackhole-storage-engine option.

To examine the source for the BLACKHOLE engine, look in the sql directory of a MySQL source distribution.

When you create a BLACKHOLE table, the server creates a table format file in the database directory. The file begins with the table name and has an .frm extension. There are no other files associated with the table.

The BLACKHOLE storage engine supports all kinds of indexes. That is, you can include index declarations in the table definition.

You can check whether the BLACKHOLE storage engine is available with the SHOW ENGINES statement.

Inserts into a BLACKHOLE table do not store any data, but if the binary log is enabled, the SQL statements are logged (and replicated to slave servers). This can be useful as a repeater or filter mechanism. Suppose that your application requires slave-side filtering rules, but transferring all binary log data to the slave first results in too much traffic. In such a case, it is possible to set up on the master host a dummy slave process whose default storage engine is BLACKHOLE, depicted as follows:

Replication using BLACKHOLE for filtering

The master writes to its binary log. The dummy mysqld process acts as a slave, applying the desired combination of replicate-do-* and replicate-ignore-* rules, and writes a new, filtered binary log of its own. (See Section 16.1.3, “Replication and Binary Logging Options and Variables”.) This filtered log is provided to the slave.

The dummy process does not actually store any data, so there is little processing overhead incurred by running the additional mysqld process on the replication master host. This type of setup can be repeated with additional replication slaves.

INSERT triggers for BLACKHOLE tables work as expected. However, because the BLACKHOLE table does not actually store any data, UPDATE and DELETE triggers are not activated: The FOR EACH ROW clause in the trigger definition does not apply because there are no rows.

Other possible uses for the BLACKHOLE storage engine include:

  • Verification of dump file syntax.

  • Measurement of the overhead from binary logging, by comparing performance using BLACKHOLE with and without binary logging enabled.

  • BLACKHOLE is essentially a no-op storage engine, so it could be used for finding performance bottlenecks not related to the storage engine itself.

The BLACKHOLE storage engine does not support INSERT DELAYED, LOCK TABLES, or UNLOCK TABLES statements prior to MySQL 5.1.19.

As of MySQL 5.1.4, the BLACKHOLE engine is transaction-aware, in the sense that committed transactions are written to the binary log and rolled-back transactions are not.

Blackhole Engine and Auto Increment Columns

The Blackhole engine is a no-op engine. Any operations performed on a table using Blackhole will have no effect. This should be born in mind when considering the behavior of primary key columns that auto increment. The engine will not automatically increment field values, and does not retain auto increment field state. This has important implications in replication.

Consider the following replication scenario where all three of the following conditions apply:

  1. On a master server there is a blackhole table with an auto increment field that is a primary key.

  2. On a slave the same table exists but using the MyISAM engine.

  3. Inserts are performed into the master's table without explicitly setting the auto increment value in the INSERT statement itself or through using a SET INSERT_ID statement.

In this scenario replication will fail with a duplicate entry error on the primary key column.

In statement based replication, the value of INSERT_ID in the context event will always be the same. Replication will therefore fail due to trying insert a row with a duplicate value for a primary key column.

In row based replication, the value that the engine returns for the row always be the same for each insert. This will result in the slave attempting to replay two insert log entries using the same value for the primary key column, and so replication will fail.

Column Filtering

When using row-based replication, (binlog_format=ROW), a slave where the last columns are missing from a table is supported, as described in the section Section 16.4.1.8, “Replication with Differing Table Definitions on Master and Slave”.

This filtering works on the slave side, that is, the columns are copied to the slave before they are filtered out. There are at least two cases where it is not desirable to copy the columns to the slave:

  1. If the data is confidential, so the slave server should not have access to it.

  2. If the master has many slaves, filtering before sending to the slaves may reduce network traffic.

Master column filtering can be achieved using the BLACKHOLE engine. This is carried out in a way similar to how master table filtering is achieved - by using the BLACKHOLE engine and the --replicate-do-table or --replicate-ignore-table option.

The setup for the master is:

CREATE TABLE t1 (public_col_1, ..., public_col_N,
                 secret_col_1, ..., secret_col_M) ENGINE=MyISAM;

The setup for the trusted slave is:

CREATE TABLE t1 (public_col_1, ..., public_col_N) ENGINE=BLACKHOLE;

The setup for the untrusted slave is:

CREATE TABLE t1 (public_col_1, ..., public_col_N) ENGINE=MyISAM;