|7 MySQL Table Types|
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As of MySQL Version 3.23.6, you can choose between three basic
table formats (
MySQL may support additional table type (
InnoDB), depending on how you compile it.
When you create a new table, you can tell MySQL which table
type it should use for the table. MySQL will always create a
.frm file to hold the table and column definitions. Depending on
the table type, the index and data will be stored in other files.
Note that to use
InnoDB tables you have to use at least
innodb_data_file_path startup option. See section 7.6.2 InnoDB startup options.
The default table type in MySQL is
MyISAM. If you are
trying to use a table type that is not compiled-in or activated,
MySQL will instead create a table of type
is a very useful feature when you want to copy tables between different
SQL servers that supports different table types (like copying tables to
a slave that is optimized for speed by not having transactional tables).
This automatic table changing can however also be very confusing for new
MySQL users. We plan to fix this by introducing warnings in
MySQL 4.0 and giving a warning when a table type is automatically
You can convert tables between different types with the
TABLE statement. See section 6.5.4
ALTER TABLE Syntax.
Note that MySQL supports two different kinds of
tables. Transaction-safe tables (
and not transaction-safe tables (
Advantages of transaction-safe tables (TST):
ROLLBACKto ignore your changes (if you are not running in auto commit mode).
Advantages of not transaction-safe tables (NTST):
You can combine TST and NTST tables in the same statements to get the best of both worlds.
MyISAM is the default table type in MySQL Version 3.23. It's
based on the
ISAM code and has a lot of useful extensions.
The index is stored in a file with the
.MYI (MYIndex) extension,
and the data is stored in a file with the
.MYD (MYData) extension.
You can check/repair
MyISAM tables with the
utility. See section 22.214.171.124 Using
myisamchk for Crash Recovery. You can compress
MyISAM tables with
myisampack to take up much less space. See section 4.7.4 myisampack, The MySQL Compressed Read-only Table Generator.
The following is new in
MyISAMfile that indicates whether or not the table was closed correctly. If
mysqldis started with
MyISAMtables will automatically be checked and/or repaired on open if the table wasn't closed properly.
INSERTnew rows in a table that doesn't have free blocks in the middle of the data file, at the same time other threads are reading from the table (concurrent insert). An free block can come from an update of a dynamic length row with much data to a row with less data or when deleting rows. When all free blocks are used up, all future inserts will be concurrent again.
MyISAMwill automatically update this on
AUTO_INCREMENTvalue can be reset with
myisamchk. This will make
AUTO_INCREMENTcolumns faster (at least 10 %) and old numbers will not be reused as with the old
ISAM. Note that when an
AUTO_INCREMENTis defined on the end of a multi-part-key the old behavior is still present.
AUTO_INCREMENTcolumn) the key tree will be split so that the high node only contains one key. This will improve the space utilization in the key tree.
TEXTcolumns can be indexed.
NULLvalues are allowed in indexed columns. This takes 0-1 bytes/key.
myisamchkwill mark tables as checked if one runs it with
myisamchk --fastwill only check those tables that don't have this mark.
myisamchk -astores statistics for key parts (and not only for whole keys as in
DATA/INDEX DIRECTORY="path"option to
CREATE TABLE). See section 6.5.3
MyISAM also supports the following things, which MySQL
will be able to use in the near future:
VARCHARcolumn starts with a length stored in 2 bytes.
VARCHARmay have fixed or dynamic record length.
CHARmay be up to 64K. All key segments have their own language definition. This will enable MySQL to have different language definitions per column.
UNIQUE. This will allow you to have
UNIQUEon any combination of columns in a table. (You can't search on a
UNIQUEcomputed index, however.)
Note that index files are usually much smaller with
MyISAM than with
ISAM. This means that
MyISAM will normally use less
system resources than
ISAM, but will need more CPU when inserting
data into a compressed index.
The following options to
mysqld can be used to change the behavior of
MyISAM tables. See section 126.96.36.199
|Automatic recover of crashed tables.|
|Buffer used when recovering tables.|
|Don't flush key buffers between writes for any MyISAM table|
|Used to help MySQL to decide when to use the slow but safe key cache index create method. NOTE that this parameter is given in megabytes!|
|Don't use the fast sort index method to created index if the temporary file would get bigger than this. NOTE that this paramter is given in megabytes!|
The automatic recovery is activated if you start
--myisam-recover=#. See section 4.1.1 mysqld Command-line Options.
On open, the table is checked if it's marked as crashed or if the open
count variable for the table is not 0 and you are running with
--skip-locking. If either of the above is true the following happens.
If the recover wouldn't be able to recover all rows from a previous
completed statement and you didn't specify
FORCE as an option to
myisam-recover, then the automatic repair will abort with an error
message in the error file:
Error: Couldn't repair table: test.g00pages
If you in this case had used the
FORCE option you would instead have got
a warning in the error file:
Warning: Found 344 of 354 rows when repairing ./test/g00pages
Note that if you run automatic recover with the
you should have a cron script that automatically moves file with names
like `tablename-datetime.BAK' from the database directories to a
See section 4.1.1 mysqld Command-line Options.
MySQL can support different index types, but the normal type is
ISAM or MyISAM. These use a B-tree index, and 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 we don't have any compressed keys.)
String indexes are space compressed. If the first index part is a
string, it will also be prefix compressed. Space compression makes the
index file smaller than the above figures if the 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.
MyISAM tables, you can also prefix compress numbers by specifying
PACK_KEYS=1 when you create the table. This helps when you have
many integer keys that have an identical prefix when the numbers are stored
MyISAM supports 3 different table types. Two of them are chosen
automatically depending on the type of columns you are using. The third,
compressed tables, can only be created with the
This is the default format. It's used when the table contains no
This format is the simplest and most secure format. It is also the fastest of the on-disk formats. The speed comes from the easy way data can be found on disk. When looking up something with an index and static format it is very simple. Just multiply the row number by the row length.
Also, when scanning a table it is very easy to read a constant number of records with each disk read.
The security is evidenced if your computer crashes when writing to a
fixed-size MyISAM file, in which case
myisamchk can easily figure out where each
row starts and ends. So it can usually reclaim all records except the
partially written one. Note that in MySQL all indexes can always be
DECIMALcolumns are space-padded to the column width.
myisamchk) unless a huge number of records are deleted and you want to return free disk space to the operating system.
This format is used if the table contains any
TEXT columns or if the table was created with
This format is a little more complex because each row has to have a header that says how long it is. One record can also end up at more than one location when it is made longer at an update.
You can use
OPTIMIZE table or
myisamchk to defragment a
table. If you have static data that you access/change a lot in the same
table as some
BLOB columns, it might be a good
idea to move the dynamic columns to other tables just to avoid
'') for string columns, or zero for numeric columns. (This isn't the same as columns containing
NULLvalues.) If a string column has a length of zero after removal of trailing spaces, or a numeric column has a value of zero, it is marked in the bit map and not saved to disk. Non-empty strings are saved as a length byte plus the string contents.
myisamchk -rfrom time to time to get better performance. Use
myisamchk -ei tbl_namefor some statistics.
3 + (number of columns + 7) / 8 + (number of char columns) + packed size of numeric columns + length of strings + (number of NULL columns + 7) / 8There is a penalty of 6 bytes for each link. A dynamic record is linked whenever an update causes an enlargement of the record. Each new link will be at least 20 bytes, so the next enlargement will probably go in the same link. If not, there will be another link. You may check how many links there are with
myisamchk -ed. All links may be removed with
This is a read-only type that is generated with the optional
myisampack tool (
0are stored using 1 bit.
BIGINTcolumn (8 bytes) may be stored as a
TINYINTcolumn (1 byte) if all values are in the range
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.
Even if the MyISAM table format is very reliable (all changes to a table is written before the SQL statements returns) , you can still get corrupted tables if some of the following things happens:
mysqldprocess being killed in the middle of a write.
Typial typical symptoms for a corrupt table is:
Incorrect key file for table: '...'. Try to repair itwhile selecting data from the table.
You can check if a table is ok with the command
TABLE. See section 4.4.4
CHECK TABLE Syntax.
You can repair a corrupted table with
REPAIR TABLE. See section 4.4.5
REPAIR TABLE Syntax.
You can also repair a table, when
mysqld is not running with
If your tables get corrupted a lot you should try to find the reason for this! See section A.4.1 What To Do If MySQL Keeps Crashing.
In this case the most important thing to know is if the table got
corrupted if the
mysqld died (one can easily verify this by
checking if there is a recent row
restarted mysqld in the mysqld
error file). If this isn't the case, then you should try to make a test
case of this. See section G.1.6 Making a test case when you experience table corruption.
.MYI file has in the header a counter that can
be used to check if a table has been closed properly.
If you get the following warning from
CHECK TABLE or
# clients is using or hasn't closed the table properly
this means that this counter has come out of sync. This doesn't mean that the table is corrupted, but means that you should at least do a check on the table to verify that it's ok.
The counter works as follows:
FLUSHor because there isn't room in the table cache) the counter is decremented if the table has been updated at any point.
In other words, the only ways this can go out of sync are:
MyISAMtables are copied without a
myisamchk --update-stateon a table that was in use by
mysqldservers are using the table and one has done a
CHECKof the table while it was in use by another server. In this setup the
CHECKis safe to do (even if you will get the warning from other servers), but
REPAIRshould be avoided as it currently replaces the data file with a new one, which is not signaled to the other servers.
MERGE tables are new in MySQL Version 3.23.25. The code
is still in gamma, but should be resonable stable.
MERGE table is a collection of identical
that can be used as one. You can only
UPDATE from the collection of tables. If you
MERGE table, you are only dropping the
DELETE FROM merge_table used without a
will only clear the mapping for the table, not delete everything in the
mapped tables. (We plan to fix this in 4.0).
With identical tables we mean that all tables are created with identical
column and key information. You can't put a MERGE over tables where the
columns are packed differently, doesn't have exactly the same columns or
have the keys in different order. Some of the tables can however be
myisampack. See section 4.7.4 myisampack, The MySQL Compressed Read-only Table Generator.
When you create a
MERGE table, you will get a
definition file and a
.MRG table list file. The
contains a list of the index files (
.MYI files) that should
be used as one. All used tables must be in the same database as the
MERGE table itself.
For the moment you need to have
DELETE privileges on the tables you map to a
MERGE tables can help you solve the following problems:
myisampack, and then create a
MERGEto use these as one.
MERGEtable on this could be much faster than using the big table. (You can, of course, also use a RAID to get the same kind of benefits.)
MERGEtables active, with possible overlapping files.
MERGEfile than trying to repair a real big file.
MERGEtable uses the index of the individual tables. It doesn't need to maintain an index of its one. This makes
MERGEtable collections VERY fast to make or remap. Note that you must specify the key definitions when you create a
MERGEtable on them on demand. This is much faster and will save a lot of disk space.
The disadvantages with
MERGE tables are:
MERGEtables, as MySQL can't know in which of the tables we should insert the row.
MyISAMtables for a
MERGEtables uses more file descriptors. If you are using a MERGE that maps over 10 tables and 10 users are using this, you are using 10*10 + 10 file descriptors. (10 data files for 10 users and 10 shared index files.)
MERGEhandler will need to issue a read on all underlying tables to check which one most closely matches the given key. If you then do a 'read-next' then the merge table handler will need to search the read buffers to find the next key. Only when one key buffer is used up, the handler will need to read the next key block. This makes
MERGEkeys much slower on
eq_refsearches, but not much slower on
refsearches. See section 5.2.1
EXPLAINSyntax (Get Information About a
DELETE FROM table_namewithout a
WHEREclause on any of the table that is mapped by a
MERGEtable that is 'open'. If you do this, the
MERGEtable may still refer to the original table and you will get unexpected results.
The following example shows you how to use
CREATE TABLE t1 (a INT AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, message CHAR(20)); CREATE TABLE t2 (a INT AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY, message CHAR(20)); INSERT INTO t1 (message) VALUES ("Testing"),("table"),("t1"); INSERT INTO t2 (message) VALUES ("Testing"),("table"),("t2"); CREATE TABLE total (a INT NOT NULL, message CHAR(20), KEY(a)) TYPE=MERGE UNION=(t1,t2);
Note that we didn't create a
PRIMARY KEY in the
total table as the key isn't going to be unique in the
Note that you can also manipulate the
.MRG file directly from
the outside of the MySQL server:
shell> cd /mysql-data-directory/current-database shell> ls -1 t1.MYI t2.MYI > total.MRG shell> mysqladmin flush-tables
Now you can do things like:
mysql> select * from total; +---+---------+ | a | message | +---+---------+ | 1 | Testing | | 2 | table | | 3 | t1 | | 1 | Testing | | 2 | table | | 3 | t2 | +---+---------+
To remap a
MERGE table you can do one of the following:
DROPthe table and re-create it
ALTER TABLE table_name UNION(...)
.MRGfile and issue a
FLUSH TABLEon the
MERGEtable and all underlying tables to force the handler to read the new definition file.
You can also use the deprecated ISAM table type. This will disappear
rather soon because
MyISAM is a better implementation of the same
thing. ISAM uses a
B-tree index. The index is stored in a file
.ISM extension, and the data is stored in a file with the
.ISD extension. You can check/repair ISAM tables with the
isamchk utility. See section 188.8.131.52 Using
myisamchk for Crash Recovery.
ISAM has the following features/properties:
Most of the things true for
MyISAM tables are also true for
tables. See section 7.1 MyISAM Tables. The major differences compared to
pack_isamrather than with
If you want to convert an
ISAM table to a
MyISAM table so
that you can use utilities such as
mysqlcheck, use an
mysql> ALTER TABLE tbl_name TYPE = MYISAM;
HEAP tables use a hashed index and are stored in memory. This
makes them very fast, but if MySQL crashes you will lose all
data stored in them.
HEAP is very useful for temporary tables!
The MySQL internal HEAP tables use 100% dynamic hashing
without overflow areas. There is no extra space needed for free lists.
HEAP tables also don't have problems with delete + inserts, which
normally is common with hashed tables:
mysql> CREATE TABLE test TYPE=HEAP SELECT ip,SUM(downloads) as down FROM log_table GROUP BY ip; mysql> SELECT COUNT(ip),AVG(down) FROM test; mysql> DROP TABLE test;
Here are some things you should consider when you use
CREATEstatement to ensure that you accidentally do not use all memory.
<=>(but are VERY fast).
HEAPtables can only use whole keys to search for a row; compare this to
MyISAMtables where any prefix of the key can be used to find rows.
HEAPtables use a fixed record length format.
HEAPdoesn't support an index on a
HEAPtable (this isn't common for hashed tables).
HEAPtables are shared between all clients (just like any other table).
HEAPtables are allocated in small blocks. The tables are 100% dynamic (on inserting). No overflow areas and no extra key space are needed. Deleted rows are put in a linked list and are reused when you insert new data into the table.
DELETE FROM heap_table,
DROP TABLE heap_table.
MyISAMtable to a
HEAPtables bigger than
The memory needed for one row in a
HEAP table is:
SUM_OVER_ALL_KEYS(max_length_of_key + sizeof(char*) * 2) + ALIGN(length_of_row+1, sizeof(char*))
sizeof(char*) is 4 on 32-bit machines and 8 on 64-bit machines.
Support for BDB tables is included in the MySQL source distribution starting from Version 3.23.34 and is activated in the MySQL-Max binary.
BerkeleyDB, available at http://www.sleepycat.com/ has provided
MySQL with a transactional table handler. By using BerkeleyDB
tables, your tables may have a greater chance of surviving crashes, and also
ROLLBACK on transactions. The
MySQL source distribution comes with a BDB distribution that has a
couple of small patches to make it work more smoothly with MySQL.
You can't use a non-patched
BDB version with MySQL.
We at MySQL AB are working in close cooperation with Sleepycat to keep the quality of the MySQL/BDB interface high.
When it comes to supporting BDB tables, we are committed to help our users to locate the problem and help creating a reproducable test case for any problems involving BDB tables. Any such test case will be forwarded to Sleepycat who in turn will help us find and fix the problem. As this is a two stage operation, any problems with BDB tables may take a little longer for us to fix than for other table handlers. However, as the BerkeleyDB code itself has been used by many other applications than MySQL, we don't envision any big problems with this. See section 184.108.40.206 Support for other table handlers.
If you have downloaded a binary version of MySQL that includes support for BerkeleyDB, simply follow the instructions for installing a binary version of MySQL. See section M.1 Installing a MySQL Binary Distribution. See section 4.7.5 mysqld-max, An extended mysqld server.
To compile MySQL with Berkeley DB support, download MySQL
Version 3.23.34 or newer and configure
MySQL with the
--with-berkeley-db option. See section 2.3 Installing a MySQL Source Distribution.
cd /path/to/source/of/mysql-3.23.34 ./configure --with-berkeley-db
Please refer to the manual provided with the
BDB distribution for
more updated information.
Even though Berkeley DB is in itself very tested and reliable, the MySQL interface is still considered beta quality. We are actively improving and optimizing it to get it stable very soon.
If you are running with
AUTOCOMMIT=0 then your changes in
tables will not be updated until you execute
COMMIT. Instead of commit
you can execute
ROLLBACK to forget your changes. See section 6.7.1
If you are running with
AUTOCOMMIT=1 (the default), your changes
will be committed immediately. You can start an extended transaction with
BEGIN WORK SQL command, after which your changes will not be
committed until you execute
COMMIT (or decide to
The following options to
mysqld can be used to change the behavior of
|Base directory for BDB tables. This should be the same directory you use for --datadir.|
|Berkeley lock detect. One of (DEFAULT, OLDEST, RANDOM, or YOUNGEST).|
|Berkeley DB log file directory.|
|Don't synchronously flush logs.|
|Don't start Berkeley DB in recover mode.|
| Start Berkeley DB in multi-process mode (Don't use |
|Berkeley DB tempfile name.|
|Don't use berkeley db.|
| Set the maximum number of locks possible. See section 220.127.116.11 |
If you use
--skip-bdb, MySQL will not initialize the
Berkeley DB library and this will save a lot of memory. Of course,
you cannot use
BDB tables if you are using this option.
Normally you should start
--bdb-no-recover if you
intend to use BDB tables. This may, however, give you problems when you
try to start
mysqld if the BDB log files are corrupted. See section 2.4.2 Problems Starting the MySQL Server.
bdb_max_lock you can specify the maximum number of locks
(10000 by default) you can have active on a BDB table. You should
increase this if you get errors of type
bdb: Lock table is out of
available locks or
Got error 12 from ... when you have do long
transactions or when
mysqld has to examine a lot of rows to
calculate the query.
You may also want to change
max_binlog_cache_size if you are using big multi-line transactions.
See section 6.7.1
FLUSH LOGSat any time to checkpoint the Berkeley DB tables. For disaster recovery, one should use table backups plus MySQL's binary log. See section 4.4.1 Database Backups. Warning: If you delete old log files that are in use, BDB will not be able to do recovery at all and you may lose data if something goes wrong.
PRIMARY KEYin each BDB table to be able to refer to previously read rows. If you don't create one, MySQL will create an maintain a hidden
PRIMARY KEYfor you. The hidden key has a length of 5 bytes and is incremented for each insert attempt.
BDBtable are part of the same index or part of the primary key, then MySQL can execute the query without having to access the actual row. In a
MyISAMtable the above holds only if the columns are part of the same index.
PRIMARY KEYwill be faster than any other key, as the
PRIMARY KEYis stored together with the row data. As the other keys are stored as the key data + the
PRIMARY KEY, it's important to keep the
PRIMARY KEYas short as possible to save disk and get better speed.
LOCK TABLESworks on
BDBtables as with other tables. If you don't use
LOCK TABLE, MYSQL will issue an internal multiple-write lock on the table to ensure that the table will be properly locked if another thread issues a table lock.
BDBtables is done on page level.
SELECT COUNT(*) FROM table_nameis slow as
BDBtables doesn't maintain a count of the number of rows in the table.
MyISAMtables as one has data in BDB tables stored in B-trees and not in a separate data file.
BDBtable may make an automatic rollback and any read may fail with a deadlock error.
BDBtables compared to MyISAM tables which don't use
ROLLBACK:s this number should be accurate enough for the MySQL optimizer, but as MySQL only store the number on close, it may be wrong if MySQL dies unexpectedly. It should not be fatal even if this number is not 100 % correct. One can update the number of rows by executing
OPTIMIZE TABLE. See section 4.5.2
ANALYZE TABLESyntax . See section 4.5.1
BDBtable, you will get an error (probably error 28) and the transaction should roll back. This is in contrast with
mysqldwill wait for enough free disk before continuing.
mysqlclient. We plan to partly fix this in 4.0.
SHOW TABLE STATUSdoesn't yet provide that much information for BDB tables.
If you after having built MySQL with support for BDB tables get
the following error in the log file when you start
bdb: architecture lacks fast mutexes: applications cannot be threaded Can't init dtabases
This means that
BDB tables are not supported for your architecture.
In this case you have to rebuild MySQL without BDB table support.
NOTE: The following list is not complete; We will update this as we get more information about this.
Currently we know that BDB tables works with the following operating system.
It doesn't work with the following operating systems:
hostname.err logwhen starting
bdb: Ignoring log file: .../log.XXXXXXXXXX: unsupported log version #it means that the new
BDBversion doesn't support the old log file format. In this case you have to delete all
BDBlog BDB from your database directory (the files that has the format
log.XXXXXXXXXX) and restart
mysqld. We would also recommend you to do a
mysqldump --optof your old
BDBtables, delete the old table and restore the dump.
auto_commitmode and delete a table you are using by another thread you may get the following error messages in the MySQL error file:
001119 23:43:56 bdb: Missing log fileid entry 001119 23:43:56 bdb: txn_abort: Log undo failed for LSN: 1 3644744: InvalidThis is not fatal but we don't recommend that you delete tables if you are not in
auto_commitmode, until this problem is fixed (the fix is not trivial).
InnoDB tables are included in the MySQL source distribution starting from 3.23.34a and are activated in the MySQL -max binary.
If you have downloaded a binary version of MySQL that includes support for InnoDB (mysqld-max), simply follow the instructions for installing a binary version of MySQL. See section M.1 Installing a MySQL Binary Distribution. See section 4.7.5 mysqld-max, An extended mysqld server.
To compile MySQL with InnoDB support, download MySQL-3.23.37 or newer
and configure MySQL with the
See section 2.3 Installing a MySQL Source Distribution.
cd /path/to/source/of/mysql-3.23.37 ./configure --with-innodb
To get InnoDB to work you have to specify where the data for InnoDB
tables should be stored by specifying the
option on the command line or in an MySQL option file. See section 7.6.2 InnoDB startup options. If you have configured MySQL for InnoDB but you have not
specified the above option,
mysqld will print at start:
Can't initialize InnoDB as 'innodb_data_file_path' is not set
InnoDB provides MySQL with a transaction-safe table handler with
commit, rollback, and crash recovery capabilities. InnoDB does
locking on row level, and also provides an Oracle-style consistent
non-locking read in
SELECTS, which increases transaction
concurrency. There is not need for lock escalation in InnoDB,
because row level locks in InnoDB fit in very small space.
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.
You can find the latest information about InnoDB at http://www.innodb.com. The most up-to-date version of the InnoDB manual is always placed there, and you can also order commercial support for InnoDB.
Technically, InnoDB is a database backend placed under MySQL. InnoDB
has 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. This is different from, for example,
MyISAM tables where each table is stored as a separate file.
InnoDB is distributed under the GNU GPL License Version 2 (of June 1991). In the source distribution of MySQL, InnoDB appears as a subdirectory.
Beginning from MySQL-3.23.37 the prefix of the options is changed
To use InnoDB tables you MUST specify configuration parameters
in the MySQL configuration file in the
[mysqld] section of
the configuration file `my.cnf'. See section 4.1.2 my.cnf Option Files.
The only required parameter to use InnoDB is
but you should set others if you want to get a better performance.
Suppose you have a Windows NT machine with 128 MB RAM and a single 10 GB hard disk. Below is an example of possible configuration parameters in `my.cnf' for InnoDB:
innodb_data_file_path = ibdata1:2000M;ibdata2:2000M innodb_data_home_dir = c:\ibdata set-variable = innodb_mirrored_log_groups=1 innodb_log_group_home_dir = c:\iblogs set-variable = innodb_log_files_in_group=3 set-variable = innodb_log_file_size=30M set-variable = innodb_log_buffer_size=8M innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit=1 innodb_log_arch_dir = c:\iblogs innodb_log_archive=0 set-variable = innodb_buffer_pool_size=80M set-variable = innodb_additional_mem_pool_size=10M set-variable = innodb_file_io_threads=4 set-variable = innodb_lock_wait_timeout=50
Note that data files must be < 4G, and < 2G on some file systems! The total size of data files has to be >= 10 MB. InnoDB does not create directories: you have to create them yourself.
Suppose you have a Linux machine with 512 MB RAM and three 20 GB hard disks (at directory paths `/', `/dr2' and `/dr3'). Below is an example of possible configuration parameters in `my.cnf' for InnoDB:
innodb_data_file_path = ibdata/ibdata1:2000M;dr2/ibdata/ibdata2:2000M innodb_data_home_dir = / set-variable = innodb_mirrored_log_groups=1 innodb_log_group_home_dir = /dr3 set-variable = innodb_log_files_in_group=3 set-variable = innodb_log_file_size=50M set-variable = innodb_log_buffer_size=8M innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit=1 innodb_log_arch_dir = /dr3/iblogs innodb_log_archive=0 set-variable = innodb_buffer_pool_size=400M set-variable = innodb_additional_mem_pool_size=20M set-variable = innodb_file_io_threads=4 set-variable = innodb_lock_wait_timeout=50
Note that we have placed the two data files on different disks.
The reason for the name
innodb_data_file_path is that
you can also specify paths to your data files, and
innodb_data_home_dir is just textually catenated
before your data file paths, adding a possible slash or
backslash in between. InnoDB will fill the tablespace
formed by the data files from bottom up. In some cases it will
improve the performance of the database if all data is not placed
on the same physical disk. Putting log files on a different disk from
data is very often beneficial for performance.
The meanings of the configuration parameters are the following:
|The common part of the directory path for all InnoDB data files.|
|Paths to individual data files and their sizes. The full directory path to each data file is acquired by concatenating innodb_data_home_dir to the paths specified here. The file sizes are specified in megabytes, hence the 'M' after the size specification above. Do not set a file size bigger than 4000M, and on most operating systems not bigger than 2000M. InnoDB also understands the abbreviation 'G', 1G meaning 1024M. The sum of the sizes of the files must be at least 10 MB.|
|Number of identical copies of log groups we keep for the database. Currently this should be set to 1.|
|Directory path to InnoDB log files.|
|Number of log files in the log group. InnoDB writes to the files in a circular fashion. Value 3 is recommended here.|
|Size of each log file in a log group in megabytes. Sensible values range from 1M to the size of the buffer pool specified below. The bigger the value, the less checkpoint flush activity is needed in the buffer pool, saving disk i/o. But bigger log files also mean that recovery will be slower in case of a crash. File size restriction as for a data file.|
|The size of the buffer which InnoDB uses to write log to the log files on disk. Sensible values range from 1M to half the combined size of log files. A big log buffer allows large transactions to run without a need to write the log to disk until the transaction commit. Thus, if you have big transactions, making the log buffer big will save disk i/o.|
|Normally this is set to 1, meaning that at a transaction commit the log is flushed to disk, and the modifications made by the transaction become permanent, and survive a database crash. If you are willing to compromise this safety, and you are running small transactions, you may set this to 0 to reduce disk i/o to the logs.|
The directory where fully written log files would be archived if we used
log archiving. The value of this parameter should currently be set the
same as |
|This value should currently be set to 0. As recovery from a backup is done by MySQL using its own log files, there is currently no need to archive InnoDB log files.|
|The size of the memory buffer InnoDB uses to cache data and indexes of its tables. The bigger you set this the less disk i/o is needed to access data in tables. On a dedicated database server you may set this parameter up to 90 % of the machine physical memory size. Do not set it too large, though, because competition of the physical memory may cause paging in the operating system.|
|Size of a memory pool InnoDB uses to store data dictionary information and other internal data structures. A sensible value for this might be 2M, but the more tables you have in your application the more you will need to allocate here. If InnoDB runs out of memory in this pool, it will start to allocate memory from the operating system, and write warning messages to the MySQL error log.|
|Number of file i/o threads in InnoDB. Normally, this should be 4, but on Windows NT disk i/o may benefit from a larger number.|
Timeout in seconds an InnoDB transaction may wait for a lock before
being rolled back. InnoDB automatically detects transaction deadlocks
in its own lock table and rolls back the transaction. If you use
(Available from 3.23.40 up.)
The default value for this is |
Suppose you have installed MySQL and have edited `my.cnf' so that it contains the necessary InnoDB configuration parameters. Before starting MySQL you should check that the directories you have specified for InnoDB data files and log files exist and that you have access rights to those directories. InnoDB cannot create directories, only files. Check also you have enough disk space for the data and log files.
When you now start MySQL, InnoDB will start creating your data files and log files. InnoDB will print something like the following:
~/mysqlm/sql > mysqld InnoDB: The first specified data file /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: Data file /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 c reated 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 c reated InnoDB: Setting log file /home/heikki/data/logs/ib_logfile1 size to 5242880 InnoDB: Log file /home/heikki/data/logs/ib_logfile2 did not exist: new to be c reated InnoDB: Setting log file /home/heikki/data/logs/ib_logfile2 size to 5242880 InnoDB: Started mysqld: ready for connections
A new InnoDB database has now been created. You can connect to the MySQL
server with the usual MySQL client programs like
When you shut down the MySQL server with `mysqladmin shutdown',
InnoDB output will be like the following:
010321 18:33:34 mysqld: Normal shutdown 010321 18:33:34 mysqld: Shutdown Complete InnoDB: Starting shutdown... InnoDB: Shutdown completed
You can now look at the data files and logs directories and you will see the files created. The log directory will also contain a small file named `ib_arch_log_0000000000'. That file resulted from the database creation, after which InnoDB switched off log archiving. When MySQL is again started, the output will be like the following:
~/mysqlm/sql > mysqld InnoDB: Started mysqld: ready for connections
If something goes wrong in an InnoDB database creation, you should delete all files created by InnoDB. This means all data files, all log files, the small archived log file, and in the case you already did create some InnoDB tables, delete also the corresponding `.frm' files for these tables from the MySQL database directories. Then you can try the InnoDB database creation again.
Suppose you have started the MySQL client with the command
To create a table in the InnoDB format you must specify
TYPE = InnoDB in the table creation SQL command:
CREATE TABLE CUSTOMER (A INT, B CHAR (20), INDEX (A)) TYPE = InnoDB;
This SQL command will create a table and an index on column
into the InnoDB tablespace consisting of the data files you specified
in `my.cnf'. In addition MySQL will create a file
`CUSTOMER.frm' to the MySQL database directory `test'.
Internally, InnoDB will add to its own data dictionary an entry
'test/CUSTOMER'. Thus you can create a table
of the same name
CUSTOMER in another database of MySQL, and
the table names will not collide inside InnoDB.
You can query the amount of free space in the InnoDB tablespace
by issuing the table status command of MySQL for any table you have
TYPE = InnoDB. Then the amount of free
space in the tablespace appears in the table comment section in the
SHOW. An example:
SHOW TABLE STATUS FROM test LIKE 'CUSTOMER'
Note that the statistics
SHOW gives about InnoDB tables
are only approximate: they are used in SQL optimization. Table and
index reserved sizes in bytes are accurate, though.
DROP DATABASE does not currently work for InnoDB tables!
You must drop the tables individually. Also take care not to delete or
add `.frm' files to your InnoDB database manually: use
CREATE TABLE and
DROP TABLE commands.
InnoDB has its own internal data dictionary, and you will get problems
if the MySQL `.frm' files are out of 'sync' with the InnoDB
internal data dictionary.
InnoDB does not have a special optimization for separate index creation.
Therefore it does not pay to export and import the table and create indexes
The fastest way to alter a table to InnoDB is to do the inserts
directly to an InnoDB table, that is, use
ALTER TABLE ... TYPE=INNODB,
or create an empty InnoDB table with identical definitions and insert
the rows with
INSERT INTO ... SELECT * FROM ....
To get better control over the insertion process, it may be good to insert big tables in pieces:
INSERT INTO newtable SELECT * FROM oldtable WHERE yourkey > something AND yourkey <= somethingelse;
After all data has been inserted you can rename the tables.
During the conversion of big tables you should set the InnoDB buffer pool size big to reduce disk i/o. Not bigger than 80 % of the physical memory, though. You should set InnoDB log files big, and also the log buffer large.
Make sure you do not run out of tablespace: InnoDB tables take a lot
more space than MyISAM tables. If an
ALTER TABLE runs out
of space, it will start a rollback, and that can take hours if it is
In inserts InnoDB uses the insert buffer to merge secondary index records
to indexes in batches. That saves a lot of disk i/o. In rollback no such
mechanism is used, and the rollback can take 30 times longer than the
In the case of a runaway rollback, if you do not have valuable data in your database, it is better that you kill the database process and delete all InnoDB data and log files and all InnoDB table `.frm' files, and start your job again, rather than wait for millions of disk i/os to complete.
You cannot increase the size of an InnoDB data file. To add more into
your tablespace you have to add a new data file. To do this you have to
shut down your MySQL database, edit the `my.cnf' file, adding a
new file to
innodb_data_file_path, and then start MySQL
Currently you cannot remove a data file from InnoDB. To decrease the
size of your database you have to use
mysqldump to dump
all your tables, create a new database, and import your tables to the
If you want to change the number or the size of your InnoDB log files, you have to shut down MySQL and make sure that it shuts down without errors. Then copy the old log files into a safe place just in case something went wrong in the shutdown and you will need them to recover the database. Delete then the old log files from the log file directory, edit `my.cnf', and start MySQL again. InnoDB will tell you at the startup that it is creating new log files.
The key to safe database management is taking regular backups. To take a 'binary' backup of your database you have to do the following:
There is currently no on-line or incremental backup tool available for InnoDB, though they are in the TODO list.
In addition to taking the binary backups described above, you should also regularly take dumps of your tables with `mysqldump'. The reason to this is that a binary file may be corrupted without you noticing it. Dumped tables are stored into text files which are human-readable and much simpler than database binary files. Seeing table corruption from dumped files is easier, and since their format is simpler, the chance for serious data corruption in them is smaller.
A good idea is to take the dumps at the same time you take a binary backup of your database. You have to shut out all clients from your database to get a consistent snapshot of all your tables into your dumps. Then you can take the binary backup, and you will then have a consistent snapshot of your database in two formats.
To be able to recover your InnoDB database to the present from the binary backup described above, you have to run your MySQL database with the general logging and log archiving of MySQL switched on. Here by the general logging we mean the logging mechanism of the MySQL server which is independent of InnoDB logs.
To recover from a crash of your MySQL server process, the only thing you have to do is to restart it. InnoDB will automatically check the logs and perform a roll-forward of the database to the present. InnoDB will automatically roll back uncommitted transactions which were present at the time of the crash. During recovery, InnoDB will print out something like the following:
~/mysqlm/sql > mysqld 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 gets corrupted or your disk fails, you have to do the recovery from a backup. In the case of corruption, you should first find a backup which is not corrupted. From a backup do the recovery from the general log files of MySQL according to instructions in the MySQL manual.
InnoDB implements a checkpoint mechanism called a fuzzy checkpoint. InnoDB will flush 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 for a while.
In 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 already present on the disk image of the database. Then InnoDB scans the log files forward from the place of the checkpoint applying the logged modifications to the database.
InnoDB writes to the log files in a circular fashion. All committed modifications which 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 in the circular fashion, it has to make sure that the database page images on disk already contain the modifications logged in the log file InnoDB is going to reuse. In other words, InnoDB has to make a checkpoint and often this involves flushing of modified database pages to disk.
The above explains why making your log files very big may save disk i/o in checkpointing. It can make sense to set the total size of the log files as big as the buffer pool or even bigger. The drawback in big log files is that crash recovery can last longer because there will be more log to apply to the database.
InnoDB data and log files are binary-compatible on all platforms
if the floating point number format on the machines is the same.
You can move an InnoDB database simply by copying all the relevant
files, which we already listed in the previous section on backing up
a database. If the floating point formats on the machines are
different but you have not used
data types in your tables then the procedure is the same: just copy
the relevant files. If the formats are different and your tables
contain floating point data, you have to use `mysqldump'
and `mysqlimport' to move those tables.
A performance tip is to switch off the auto commit when you import data into your database, assuming your tablespace has enough space for the big rollback segment the big import transaction will generate. Do the commit only after importing a whole table or a segment of a table.
In the InnoDB transaction model the goal has been to combine the best sides of a multiversioning database to traditional two-phase locking. InnoDB does locking on row level and runs queries by default as non-locking consistent reads, 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 allowed to lock every row in the database, or any random subset of the rows, without InnoDB running out of memory.
In InnoDB all user activity happens inside transactions. If the
auto commit mode is used in MySQL, then each SQL statement
will form a single transaction. If the auto commit mode is
switched off, then we can think that a user always has a transaction
open. If he issues
ROLLBACK statement, that
ends the current transaction, and a new starts. Both statements
will release all InnoDB locks that were set during the
current transaction. A
COMMIT means that the
changes made in the current transaction are made permanent
and become visible to other users. A
on the other hand cancels all modifications made by the current
A consistent read means that InnoDB uses its multiversioning to present to a query a snapshot of the database at a point in time. The query will see the changes made by exactly those 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 will see the changes made by the transaction itself which issues the query.
When a transaction issues its first consistent read, InnoDB assigns the snapshot, or the point of time, which all consistent reads in the same transaction will use. In the snapshot are all transactions that committed before assigning the snapshot. Thus the consistent reads within the same transaction will also be consistent with respect to each other. You can get a fresher snapshot for your queries by committing the current transaction and after that issuing new queries.
Consistent read is the default mode in which InnoDB processes
SELECT statements. A consistent read does not set any locks
on the tables it accesses, and therefore other users are free to
modify those tables at the same time a consistent read is being performed
on the table.
A consistent read is not convenient in some circumstances.
Suppose you want to add a new row into your table
and make sure that the child already has a parent in table
Suppose you use a consistent read to read the table
and indeed see the parent of the child in the table. Can you now safely
add the child row to table
CHILD? No, because it may
happen that meanwhile some other user has deleted the parent row
from the table
PARENT, and you are not aware of that.
The solution is to perform the
SELECT in a locking
LOCK IN SHARE MODE.
SELECT * FROM PARENT WHERE NAME = 'Jones' LOCK IN SHARE MODE;
Performing a read in share mode means that we read the latest
available data, and set a shared mode lock on the rows we read.
If the latest data belongs to a yet uncommitted transaction of another
user, we will wait until that transaction commits.
A shared mode lock prevents others from updating or deleting
the row we have read. After we see that the above query returns
'Jones', we can safely add his child
CHILD, and commit our transaction.
This example shows how to implement referential
integrity in your application code.
Let us look at another example: we have an integer counter field in
CHILD_CODES which we use to assign
a unique identifier to each child we add to table
Obviously, using a consistent read or a shared mode read
to read the present value of the counter is not a good idea, since
then two users of the database may see the same value for the
counter, and we will get a duplicate key error when we add
the two children with the same identifier to the table.
In this case there are two good ways to implement the
reading and incrementing of the counter: (1) update the counter
first by incrementing it by 1 and only after that read it,
or (2) read the counter first with
a lock mode
FOR UPDATE, and increment after that:
SELECT COUNTER_FIELD FROM CHILD_CODES FOR UPDATE; UPDATE CHILD_CODES SET COUNTER_FIELD = COUNTER_FIELD + 1;
SELECT ... FOR UPDATE will read 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.
In row level locking InnoDB uses an algorithm called next-key locking. InnoDB does the row level locking so that when it searches or scans an index of a table, it sets shared or exclusive locks on the index records in encounters. Thus the row level locks are more precisely called index record locks.
The locks InnoDB sets on index records also affect the 'gap'
before that index record. If a user has a shared or exclusive
lock on record R in an index, then another user cannot insert
a new index record immediately before R in the index order.
This locking of gaps is done to prevent the so-called phantom
problem. Suppose I want to read and lock all children with identifier
bigger than 100 from table
and update some field in the selected rows.
SELECT * FROM CHILD WHERE ID > 100 FOR UPDATE;
Suppose there is an index on table
CHILD on column
ID. Our query will scan that index starting from
the first record where
ID is bigger than 100.
Now, if the locks set on the index records would not lock out
inserts made in the gaps, a new child might meanwhile be
inserted to the table. If now I in my transaction execute
SELECT * FROM CHILD WHERE ID > 100 FOR UPDATE;
again, I will see a new child in the result set the query returns. This is against the isolation principle of transactions: a transaction should be able to run so that the data it has read does not change during the transaction. If we regard a set of rows as a data item, then the new 'phantom' child would break this isolation principle.
When InnoDB scans an index it can also lock the gap
after the last record in the index. Just that happens in the previous
example: the locks set by InnoDB will prevent any insert to
the table where
ID would be bigger than 100.
You can use the 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 will prevent anyone meanwhile inserting a duplicate for your row. Thus the next-key locking allows you to 'lock' the non-existence of something in your table.
SELECT ... FROM ...: this is a consistent read, reading a snapshot of the database and setting no locks.
SELECT ... FROM ... LOCK IN SHARE MODE: sets shared next-key locks on all index records the read encounters.
SELECT ... FROM ... FOR UPDATE: sets exclusive next-key locks on all index records the read encounters.
INSERT INTO ... VALUES (...): sets an exclusive lock on the inserted row; note that this lock is not a next-key lock and does not prevent other users from inserting to the gap before the inserted row. If a duplicate key error occurs, sets a shared lock on the duplicate index record.
INSERT INTO T SELECT ... FROM S WHERE ...sets an exclusive (non-next-key) lock on each row inserted into
T. Does the search on
Sas a consistent read, but sets shared next-key locks on
Sif the MySQL logging is on. InnoDB has to set locks in the latter case because in roll-forward recovery from a backup every SQL statement has to be executed in exactly the same way as it was done originally.
CREATE TABLE ... SELECT ...performs the
SELECTas a consistent read or with shared locks, like in the previous item.
REPLACEis done like an insert if there is no collision on a unique key. Otherwise, an exclusive next-key lock is placed on the row which has to be updated.
UPDATE ... SET ... 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.
LOCK TABLES ...: sets table locks. In the implementation the MySQL layer of code sets these locks. The automatic deadlock detection of InnoDB cannot detect deadlocks where such table locks are involved: see the next section below. See also section 13 'InnoDB restrictions' about the following: since MySQL does know about row level locks, it is possible that you get a table lock on a table where another user currently has row level locks. But that does not put transaction integerity into danger.
InnoDB automatically detects a deadlock of transactions and rolls
back the transaction whose lock request was the last one to build
a deadlock, that is, a cycle in the waits-for graph of transactions.
InnoDB cannot detect deadlocks where a lock set by a MySQL
LOCK TABLES statement is involved, or if a lock set
in another table handler than InnoDB is involved. You have to resolve
these situations using
innodb_lock_wait_timeout set in
When InnoDB performs a complete rollback of a transaction, all the locks of 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 SQL statement may be preserved. This is because InnoDB stores row locks in a format where it cannot afterwards know which was set by which SQL statement.
When you issue a consistent read, that is, an ordinary
statement, InnoDB will give your transaction a timepoint according
to which your query sees the database. Thus, if transaction B deletes
a row and commits after your timepoint was assigned, then you will
not see the row deleted. Similarly with inserts and updates.
You can advance your timepoint by committing your transaction
and then doing another
This is called multiversioned concurrency control.
User A User 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 | ----------------------
Thus user A sees the row inserted by B only when B has committed the insert, and A has committed his own transaction so that the timepoint is advanced past the the commit of B.
If you want to see the 'freshest' state of the database, you should use a locking read:
SELECT * FROM t LOCK IN SHARE MODE;
1. If the Unix `top' 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 bigger than 80 % of physical memory.
2. Wrap several modifications into one transaction. InnoDB must flush the log to disk at each transaction commit, if that transaction made modifications to the database. Since the rotation speed of a disk is typically at most 167 revolutions/second, that constrains the number of commits to the same 167/second if the disk does not fool the operating system.
If you can afford the loss of some latest committed transactions, you can
set the `my.cnf' parameter
to zero. InnoDB tries to flush the log anyway once in a second,
though the flush is not guaranteed.
4. Make your log files big, even as big as the buffer pool. When InnoDB has written the log files full, it has to write the modified contents of the buffer pool to disk in a checkpoint. Small log files will cause many unnecessary disk writes. The drawback in big log files is that recovery time will be longer.
5. Also the log buffer should be quite big, say 8 MB.
6. (Relevant from 3.23.39 up.)
In some versions of Linux and Unix, flushing files to disk with the Unix
fdatasync and other similar methods is surprisingly slow.
The default method InnoDB uses is the
If you are not satisfied with the database write performance, you may
innodb_flush_method in `my.cnf'
O_DSYNC, though O_DSYNC seems to be slower on most systems.
7. In importing data to InnoDB, make sure that MySQL does not have
autocommit=1 on. Then every insert requires a log flush to disk.
Put before your plain SQL import file line
and after it
If you use the `mysqldump' option
--opt, you will get dump
files which are fast to import also to an InnoDB table, even without wrapping
them to the above
set autocommit=0; ... commit; wrappers.
8. Beware of big rollbacks of mass inserts: InnoDB uses the insert buffer to save disk i/o in inserts, but in a corresponding rollback no such mechanism is used. A disk-bound rollback can take 30 times the time of the corresponding insert. Killing the database process will not help because the rollback will start again at the database 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 delete the whole InnoDB database.
Beware also of other big disk-bound operations.
DROP TABLE or
TRUNCATE (from MySQL-4.0 up) to empty a
DELETE FROM yourtable.
Use the multi-line
INSERT 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 of course valid for inserts into any table type, not just InnoDB.
Starting from version 3.23.41 InnoDB includes the InnoDB Monitor which prints information on the InnoDB internal state. When swithed on, InnoDB Monitor will make the MySQL server to print data to the standard output about once every 10 seconds. This data is useful in performance tuning.
The printed information includes data on:
You can start InnoDB Monitor through the following SQL command:
CREATE TABLE innodb_monitor(a int) type = innodb;
and stop it by
DROP TABLE innodb_monitor;
CREATE TABLE syntax is just a way to pass a command
to the InnoDB engine through the MySQL SQL parser: the created
table is not relevant at all for InnoDB Monitor. If you shut down
the database when the monitor is running, and you want to start
the monitor again, you have to drop the
table before you can issue a new
to start the monitor.
This syntax may change in a future release.
A sample output of the InnoDB Monitor:
================================ 010809 18:45:06 INNODB MONITOR OUTPUT ================================ -------------------------- LOCKS HELD BY TRANSACTIONS -------------------------- LOCK INFO: Number of locks in the record hash table 1294 LOCKS FOR TRANSACTION ID 0 579342744 TABLE LOCK table test/mytable trx id 0 582333343 lock_mode IX RECORD LOCKS space id 0 page no 12758 n bits 104 table test/mytable index PRIMARY trx id 0 582333343 lock_mode X Record lock, heap no 2 PHYSICAL RECORD: n_fields 74; 1-byte offs FALSE; info bits 0 0: len 4; hex 0001a801; asc ;; 1: len 6; hex 000022b5b39f; asc ";; 2: len 7; hex 000002001e03ec; asc ;; 3: len 4; hex 00000001; ... ----------------------------------------------- CURRENT SEMAPHORES RESERVED AND SEMAPHORE WAITS ----------------------------------------------- SYNC INFO: Sorry, cannot give mutex list info in non-debug version! Sorry, cannot give rw-lock list info in non-debug version! ----------------------------------------------------- SYNC ARRAY INFO: reservation count 6041054, signal count 2913432 4a239430 waited for by thread 49627477 op. S-LOCK file NOT KNOWN line 0 Mut ex 0 sp 5530989 r 62038708 sys 2155035; rws 0 8257574 8025336; rwx 0 1121090 1848344 ----------------------------------------------------- CURRENT PENDING FILE I/O'S -------------------------- Pending normal aio reads: Reserved slot, messages 40157658 4a4a40b8 Reserved slot, messages 40157658 4a477e28 ... Reserved slot, messages 40157658 4a4424a8 Reserved slot, messages 40157658 4a39ea38 Total of 36 reserved aio slots Pending aio writes: Total of 0 reserved aio slots Pending insert buffer aio reads: Total of 0 reserved aio slots Pending log writes or reads: Reserved slot, messages 40158c98 40157f98 Total of 1 reserved aio slots Pending synchronous reads or writes: Total of 0 reserved aio slots ----------- BUFFER POOL ----------- LRU list length 8034 Free list length 0 Flush list length 999 Buffer pool size in pages 8192 Pending reads 39 Pending writes: LRU 0, flush list 0, single page 0 Pages read 31383918, created 51310, written 2985115 ---------------------------- END OF INNODB MONITOR OUTPUT ============================ 010809 18:45:22 InnoDB starts purge 010809 18:45:22 InnoDB purged 0 pages
Some notes on the output:
Since InnoDB is a multiversioned database, it must keep information of old versions of rows in the tablespace. This information is stored in a data structure we call a rollback segment after an analogous data structure in Oracle.
InnoDB internally adds two fields to each row stored in the database. A 6-byte field tells the transaction identifier for the last transaction which inserted or updated the row. Also a deletion is internally treated as an update where a special bit in the row is set to mark it as deleted. Each row also contains a 7-byte field called the roll pointer. The roll pointer points to an undo log record written to the rollback segment. If the row was updated, then the undo log record contains the information necessary to rebuild the content of the row before it was updated.
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.
Undo logs in the rollback segment are divided into insert and update undo logs. Insert undo logs are only needed in transaction rollback and can be discarded as soon as the transaction commits. Update undo logs are used also in consistent reads, and 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.
You must remember to commit your transactions regularly. 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 need for your rollback segment.
In our multiversioning scheme a row is not physically removed from the database immediately when you delete it with an SQL statement. Only when InnoDB can discard the update undo log record written for the deletion, it can also physically remove the corresponding row and its index records from the database. This removal operation is called a purge, and it is quite fast, usually taking the same order of time as the SQL statement which did the deletion.
Every InnoDB table has a special index called the clustered index
where the data of the rows is stored. If you define a
PRIMARY KEY on your table, then the index of the primary key
will be the clustered index.
If you do not define a primary key for your table, InnoDB will internally generate a clustered index where the rows are ordered by the row id InnoDB assigns to the rows in such a table. The row id is a 6-byte field which monotonically increases as new rows are inserted. Thus the rows ordered by the row id will be physically in the insertion order.
Accessing a row through the clustered index is fast, because the row data will be on the same page where the index search leads us. In many databases the data is traditionally stored on a different page from the index record. If a table is large, the clustered index architecture often saves a disk i/o when compared to the traditional solution.
The records in non-clustered indexes (we also call them secondary indexes), in InnoDB contain the primary key value for the row. InnoDB uses this primary key value to search for the row from the clustered index. Note that if the primary key is long, the secondary indexes will use more space.
All indexes in InnoDB are B-trees where the index records are stored in the leaf pages of the tree. The default size of an index page is 16 kB. 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 (ascending or descending) order, the resulting index pages will be about 15/16 full. If records are inserted in a random order, then the pages will be 1/2 - 15/16 full. If the fillfactor of an index page drops below 1/2, InnoDB will try to contract the index tree to free the page.
It is a common situation in a database application that the primary key is a unique identifier and new rows are inserted in the ascending order of the primary key. Thus the insertions to the clustered index do not require random reads from a disk.
On the other hand, secondary indexes are usually non-unique and insertions happen in a relatively random order into secondary indexes. This would cause a lot of random disk i/o's without a special mechanism used in InnoDB.
If an index record should be inserted to a non-unique secondary index, InnoDB checks if the secondary index page is already in the buffer pool. If that is the case, InnoDB will do the insertion directly to the index page. But, if the index page is not found from the buffer pool, InnoDB inserts the record to a special insert buffer structure. The insert buffer is kept so small that it entirely fits in the buffer pool, and insertions can be made to it very fast.
The insert buffer is periodically merged to the secondary index trees in the database. Often we can merge several insertions on the same page in of the index tree, and hence save disk i/o's. It has been measured that the insert buffer can speed up insertions to a table up to 15 times.
If a database fits almost entirely in main memory, then the fastest way to perform queries on it is to use hash indexes. InnoDB has an automatic mechanism which monitors index searches made to the indexes defined for a table, and if InnoDB notices that queries could benefit from building of a hash index, such an index is automatically built.
But note that 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 what search pattern InnoDB observes on 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 will build hash indexes on demand to those pages of the index which are often accessed.
In a sense, through the adaptive hash index mechanism InnoDB adapts itself to ample main memory, coming closer to the architecture of main memory databases.
After a database startup, when a user first does an insert to a
where an auto-increment column has been defined, and the user does not provide
an explicit value for the column, then InnoDB executes
MAX(auto-inc-column) FROM T, and assigns that value incremented
by one to the the column and the auto-increment counter of the table.
We say that
the auto-increment counter for table
T has been initialized.
InnoDB follows the same procedure in initializing the auto-increment counter for a freshly created table.
Note that if the user specifies in an insert the value 0 to the auto-increment column, then InnoDB treats the row like the value would not have been specified.
After the auto-increment counter has been initialized, if a user inserts a row where he explicitly specifies the column value, and the value is bigger than the current counter value, then the counter is set to the specified column value. If the user does not explicitly specify a value, then InnoDB increments the counter by one and assigns its new value to the column.
The auto-increment mechanism, when assigning values from the counter, bypasses locking and transaction handling. Therefore you may also get gaps in the number sequence if you roll back transactions which have got numbers from the counter.
The behavior of auto-increment is not defined if a user gives 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.
In disk i/o InnoDB uses asynchronous i/o. On Windows NT it uses the native asynchronous i/o provided by the operating system. On Unix, InnoDB uses simulated asynchronous i/o built into InnoDB: InnoDB creates a number of i/o threads to take care of i/o operations, such as read-ahead. In a future version we will add support for simulated aio on Windows NT and native aio on those versions of Unix which have one.
On Windows NT InnoDB uses non-buffered i/o. That means that the disk pages InnoDB reads or writes are not buffered in the operating system file cache. This saves some memory bandwidth.
Starting from 3.23.41 InnoDB uses a novel file flush technique called doublewrite. It adds safety to crash recovery after an operating system crash or a power outage, and improves performance on most Unix flavors by reducing the need for fsync operations.
Doublewrite means that InnoDB before writing pages to a data file 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, InnoDB writes the pages to their proper positions in the data file. If the operating system crashes in the middle of a page write, InnoDB will in recovery find a good copy of the page from the doublewrite buffer.
Starting from 3.23.41
you can also use a raw disk partition as a data file, though this has
not been tested yet. When you create a new data file you have
to put the keyword
newraw immediately after the data
file size in
innodb_data_file_path. The partition must be
>= than you specify as the size. Note that 1M in InnoDB is
1024 x 1024 bytes, while in disk specifications 1 MB usually means
1000 000 bytes.
When you start the database again you MUST change the keyword
raw. Otherwise InnoDB will write over your
Using a raw disk you can on some Unixes perform non-buffered i/o.
There are two read-ahead heuristics in InnoDB: sequential read-ahead and random read-ahead. In sequential read-ahead InnoDB notices that the access pattern to a segment in the tablespace is sequential. Then InnoDB will post in advance a batch of reads of database pages to the i/o system. In random read-ahead InnoDB notices that some area in a tablespace seems to be in the process of being fully read into the buffer pool. Then InnoDB posts the remaining reads to the i/o system.
The data files you define in the configuration file form the tablespace of InnoDB. The files are simply catenated to form the tablespace, there is no striping in use. Currently you cannot directly instruct where the space is allocated for your tables, except by using the following fact: from a newly created tablespace InnoDB will allocate space starting from the low end.
The tablespace consists of database pages whose default size is 16 kB. The pages are grouped into extents of 64 consecutive pages. The 'files' inside a tablespace are called segments in InnoDB. The name of the rollback segment is somewhat misleading because it actually contains many segments in the tablespace.
For each index in InnoDB we allocate two segments: one is for non-leaf 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.
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 to a large segment up to 4 extents at a time to ensure good sequentiality of 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 issue a query
SHOW TABLE STATUS FROM ... LIKE ...
to ask for available free space in the tablespace, InnoDB will
report you the space which is certainly usable in totally free extents
of the tablespace. InnoDB always reserves some extents for
clean-up and other internal purposes; these reserved extents are not
included in the free space.
When you delete data from a table, InnoDB will contract the corresponding B-tree indexes. It depends on the pattern of deletes if that frees individual pages or extents to the tablespace, so that the freed space is available for other users. Dropping a table or deleting all rows from it is guaranteed to release the space to other users, but remember that deleted rows can be physically removed only in a purge operation after they are no longer needed in transaction rollback or consistent read.
If there are random insertions or deletions in the indexes of a table, the indexes may become fragmented. By fragmentation we mean that the physical ordering of the index pages on the disk is not close to the alphabetical ordering of the records on the pages, or that there are many unused pages in the 64-page blocks which were allocated to the index.
It can speed up index scans if you
mysqldump to dump the table to
a text file, drop the table, and reload it from the dump.
Another way to do the defragmenting is to
ALTER the table type to
MyISAM and back to
Note that a
MyISAM table must fit in a single file
on your operating system.
If the insertions to and index are always ascending and records are deleted only from the end, then the the file space management algorithm of InnoDB guarantees that fragmentation in the index will not occur.
The error handling in InnoDB is not always the same as specified in the ANSI SQL standards. According to the ANSI standard, any error during an SQL statement should cause the rollback of that statement. InnoDB sometimes rolls back only part of the statement. The following list specifies the error handling of InnoDB.
'Table is full'error and InnoDB rolls back the SQL statement.
'Table handler error 1000000'and InnoDB rolls back the SQL statement.
INSERT INTO ... SELECT .... This will probably change so that the SQL statement will be rolled back if you have not specified the
IGNOREoption in your statement.
SHOW TABLE STATUSdoes 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.
CREATE TABLE T (A CHAR(20), B INT, UNIQUE (A(5))) TYPE = InnoDB;If you create a non unique index on a prefix of a column, InnoDB will create an index over the whole column.
INSERT DELAYEDis not supported for InnoDB tables.
LOCK TABLESoperation does not know of InnoDB row level locks set in already completed SQL statements: this means that you can get a table lock on a table even if there still exist transactions of other users which have row level locks on the same table. Thus your operations on the table may have to wait if they collide with these locks of other users. Also a deadlock is possible. However, this does not endanger transaction integrity, because the row level locks set by InnoDB will always take care of the integrity. Also, a table lock prevents other transactions from acquiring more row level locks (in a conflicting lock mode) on the table.
DELETE FROM TABLEdoes not regenerate the table but instead deletes all rows, one by one, which is not that fast. In future versions of MySQL you can use
TRUNCATEwhich is fast.
Contact information of Innobase Oy, producer of the InnoDB engine. Website: http://www.innodb.com. Email: Heikki.Tuuri@innodb.com
phone: 358-9-6969 3250 (office) 358-40-5617367 (mobile) InnoDB Oy Inc. World Trade Center Helsinki Aleksanterinkatu 17 P.O.Box 800 00101 Helsinki Finland
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