Configuring MySQL Cluster requires working with two files:
my.cnf: Specifies options for all MySQL
Cluster executables. This file, with which you should be
familiar with from previous work with MySQL, must be
accessible by each executable running in the cluster.
config.ini: This file, sometimes known as
the global configuration file, is read
only by the MySQL Cluster management server, which then
distributes the information contained therein to all processes
participating in the cluster.
contains a description of each node involved in the cluster.
This includes configuration parameters for data nodes and
configuration parameters for connections between all nodes in
the cluster. For a quick reference to the sections that can
appear in this file, and what sorts of configuration
parameters may be placed in each section, see
Caching of configuration data. Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 6.4.0, MySQL Cluster uses stateful configuration. The global configuration file is no longer read every time the management server is restarted. Instead, the management server caches the configuration the first time it is started, and thereafter, the global configuration file is read only when one of the following items is true:
The management server is started using the --initial option. In this case, the global configuration file is re-read, any existing cache files are deleted, and the management server creates a new configuration cache.
The management server is started using the --reload option. In this case, the management server compares its cache with the global configuration file. If they differ, the management server creates a new configuration cache; any existing configuration cache is preserved, but not used. If the management server's cache and the global configuration file contain the same configuration data, then the existing cache is used, and no new cache is created.
The management server is started using a --config-cache option.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster NDB 7.0.15 and MySQL Cluster
NDB 7.1.4, this option can be used to force the management
server to bypass configuration caching altogether. In this
case, the management server ignores any configuration files
that may be present, always reading its configuration data
config.ini file instead.
No configuration cache is found. In this case, the management server reads the global configuration file and creates a cache containing the same configuration data as found in the file.
Configuration cache files.
Beginning with MySQL Cluster 6.4.0, the management server by
default creates configuration cache files in a directory named
mysql-cluster in the MySQL installation
directory. (If you build MySQL Cluster from source on a Unix
system, the default location is
/usr/local/mysql-cluster.) This can be
overridden at runtime by starting the management server with the
Configuration cache files are binary files named according to
node_id is the management
server's node ID in the cluster, and
seq_id is a cache idenitifer. Cache
files are numbered sequentially using
seq_id, in the order in which they
are created. The management server uses the latest cache file as
determined by the
It is possible to roll back to a previous configuration by
deleting later configuration cache files, or by renaming an
earlier cache file so that it has a higher
seq_id. However, since configuration
cache files are written in a binary format, you should not
attempt to edit their contents by hand.
For more information about the
--reload options for the MySQL
Cluster management server, see
Section 6.4, “ndb_mgmd — The MySQL Cluster Management Server Daemon”.
We are continuously making improvements in Cluster configuration and attempting to simplify this process. Although we strive to maintain backward compatibility, there may be times when introduce an incompatible change. In such cases we will try to let Cluster users know in advance if a change is not backward compatible. If you find such a change and we have not documented it, please report it in the MySQL bugs database using the instructions given in How to Report Bugs or Problems.