6.4.1. Understanding InnoDB Locking

When a transaction updates a row in a table, or locks it with SELECT FOR UPDATE, InnoDB establishes a list or queue of locks on that row. Similarly, InnoDB maintains a list of locks on a table for table-level locks transactions hold. If a second transaction wants to update a row or lock a table already locked by a prior transaction in an incompatible mode, InnoDB adds a lock request for the row to the corresponding queue. For a lock to be acquired by a transaction, all incompatible lock requests previously entered into the lock queue for that row or table must be removed (the transactions holding or requesting those locks either commit or rollback).

A transaction may have any number of lock requests for different rows or tables. At any given time, a transaction may be requesting a lock that is held by another transaction, in which case it is blocked by that other transaction. The requesting transaction must wait for the transaction that holds the blocking lock to commit or rollback. If a transaction is not waiting for a a lock, it is in the 'RUNNING' state. If a transaction is waiting for a lock, it is in the 'LOCK WAIT' state.

The table INNODB_LOCKS holds one or more row for each 'LOCK WAIT' transaction, indicating any lock requests that are preventing its progress. This table also contains one row describing each lock in a queue of locks pending for a given row or table. The table INNODB_LOCK_WAITS shows which locks already held by a transaction are blocking locks requested by other transactions.

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