The binary log contains “events” that describe
database changes such as table creation operations or changes to
table data. It also contains events for statements that
potentially could have made changes (for example, a
DELETE which matched no rows),
unless row-based logging is used. The binary log also contains
information about how long each statement took that updated data.
The binary log has two important purposes:
For replication, the binary log on a master replication server provides a record of the data changes to be sent to slave servers. The master server sends the events contained in its binary log to its slaves, which execute those events to make the same data changes that were made on the master. See Section 16.2, “Replication Implementation”.
Certain data recovery operations require use of the binary log. After a backup has been restored, the events in the binary log that were recorded after the backup was made are re-executed. These events bring databases up to date from the point of the backup. See Section 7.5, “Point-in-Time (Incremental) Recovery Using the Binary Log”.
The binary log is not used for statements such as
SHOW that do not modify data. To
log all statements (for example, to identify a problem query), use
the general query log. See Section 5.2.3, “The General Query Log”.
Running a server with binary logging enabled makes performance slightly slower. However, the benefits of the binary log in enabling you to set up replication and for restore operations generally outweigh this minor performance decrement.
The binary log should be protected because logged statements might contain passwords. See Section 188.8.131.52, “Passwords and Logging”.
The following discussion describes some of the server options and variables that affect the operation of binary logging. For a complete list, see Section 184.108.40.206, “Binary Log Options and Variables”.
To enable the binary log, start the server with the
option. If no
base_name value is given,
the default name is the value of the
option (which by default is the name of host machine) followed by
-bin. If the base name is given, the server
writes the file in the data directory unless the base name is
given with a leading absolute path name to specify a different
directory. It is recommended that you specify a base name
explicitly rather than using the default of the host name; see
Section B.5.8, “Known Issues in MySQL”, for the reason.
From MySQL 5.1.18 through 5.1.22, “mysql” was used
base_name was specified. Also
in these versions, a path given as part of the
--log-bin options was treated as
absolute rather than relative. The previous behaviors were
restored in MySQL 5.1.23. (See Bug #28603 and Bug #28597.)
If you supply an extension in the log name (for example,
the extension is silently removed and ignored.
mysqld appends a numeric extension to the
binary log base name to generate binary log file names. The number
increases each time the server creates a new log file, thus
creating an ordered series of files. The server creates a new file
in the series each time it starts or flushes the logs. The server
also creates a new binary log file automatically after the current
log's size reaches
max_binlog_size. A binary log
file may become larger than
max_binlog_size if you are using
large transactions because a transaction is written to the file in
one piece, never split between files.
To keep track of which binary log files have been used,
mysqld also creates a binary log index file
that contains the names of all used binary log files. By default,
this has the same base name as the binary log file, with the
'.index'. You can change the name of
the binary log index file with the
option. You should not manually edit this file while
mysqld is running; doing so would confuse
The term “binary log file” generally denotes an individual numbered file containing database events. The term “binary log” collectively denotes the set of numbered binary log files plus the index file.
The format of the events recorded in the binary log is dependent on the binary logging format. Three format types are supported, row-based logging, statement-based logging and mixed-base logging. The binary logging format used depends on the MySQL version. For general descriptions of the logging formats, see Section 220.127.116.11, “Binary Logging Formats”. For detailed information about the format of the binary log, see MySQL Internals: The Binary Log.
The server evaluates the
--binlog-ignore-db options in the
same way as it does the
--replicate-ignore-db options. For
information about how this is done, see
Section 18.104.22.168, “Evaluation of Database-Level Replication and Binary Logging Options”.
If you are replicating from a MySQL Cluster to a standalone MySQL
Server, you should be aware that the
NDB storage engine uses default
values for some binary logging options (including options specific
NDB such as
differ from those used by other storage engines. If not corrected
for, these differences can lead to divergence of the master's
and slave's binary logs. For more information, see
Replication from NDB to other storage engines. In
particular, if you are using a nontransactional storage engine
MyISAM on the slave, see
Replication from NDB to a nontransactional storage engine.
A replication slave server by default does not write to its own
binary log any data modifications that are received from the
replication master. To log these modifications, start the slave
in addition to the
(see Section 22.214.171.124, “Replication Slave Options and Variables”). This is done
when a slave is also to act as a master to other slaves in chained
You can delete all binary log files with the
RESET MASTER statement, or a subset
of them with
PURGE BINARY LOGS. See
Section 126.96.36.199, “RESET Syntax”, and Section 188.8.131.52, “PURGE BINARY LOGS Syntax”.
If you are using replication, you should not delete old binary log
files on the master until you are sure that no slave still needs
to use them. For example, if your slaves never run more than three
days behind, once a day you can execute mysqladmin
flush-logs on the master and then remove any logs that
are more than three days old. You can remove the files manually,
but it is preferable to use
LOGS, which also safely updates the binary log index
file for you (and which can take a date argument). See
Section 184.108.40.206, “PURGE BINARY LOGS Syntax”.
You can display the contents of binary log files with the mysqlbinlog utility. This can be useful when you want to reprocess statements in the log for a recovery operation. For example, you can update a MySQL server from the binary log as follows:
log_file| mysql -h
mysqlbinlog also can be used to display replication slave relay log file contents because they are written using the same format as binary log files. For more information on the mysqlbinlog utility and how to use it, see Section 4.6.7, “mysqlbinlog — Utility for Processing Binary Log Files”. For more information about the binary log and recovery operations, see Section 7.5, “Point-in-Time (Incremental) Recovery Using the Binary Log”.
Binary logging is done immediately after a statement or transaction completes but before any locks are released or any commit is done. This ensures that the log is logged in commit order.
Updates to nontransactional tables are stored in the binary log
immediately after execution. In MySQL 5.1.22 and earlier versions
of MySQL 5.1, an
UPDATE statement using a stored
function that modified a nontransactional table was not logged if
it failed, and an
INSERT ... ON
DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE statement that encountered a
duplicate key constraint—but did not actually change any
data—was not logged. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.23, both of
these statements are written to the binary log. (Bug #23333)
Within an uncommitted transaction, all updates
INSERT) that change transactional
tables such as
InnoDB tables are cached until a
COMMIT statement is received by the
server. At that point, mysqld writes the entire
transaction to the binary log before the
COMMIT is executed.
Modifications to nontransactional tables cannot be rolled back. If
a transaction that is rolled back includes modifications to
nontransactional tables, the entire transaction is logged with a
statement at the end to ensure that the modifications to those
tables are replicated.
When a thread that handles the transaction starts, it allocates a
buffer statements. If a statement is bigger than this, the thread
opens a temporary file to store the transaction. The temporary
file is deleted when the thread ends.
variable shows the number of transactions that used this buffer
(and possibly a temporary file) for storing statements. The
variable shows how many of those transactions actually had to use
a temporary file. These two variables can be used for tuning
binlog_cache_size to a large
enough value that avoids the use of temporary files.
variable (default 4GB, which is also the maximum) can be used to
restrict the total size used to cache a multiple-statement
transaction. If a transaction is larger than this many bytes, it
fails and rolls back. The minimum value is 4096.
If you are using the binary log and row based logging, concurrent
inserts are converted to normal inserts for
SELECT statements. This is done to ensure that you can
re-create an exact copy of your tables by applying the log during
a backup operation. If you are using statement-based logging, the
original statement is written to the log.
The binary log format has some known limitations that can affect recovery from backups. See Section 16.4.1, “Replication Features and Issues”.
Binary logging for stored programs is done as described in Section 19.7, “Binary Logging of Stored Programs”.
Note that the binary log format differs in MySQL 5.1 from previous versions of MySQL, due to enhancements in replication. See Section 16.4.2, “Replication Compatibility Between MySQL Versions”.
Writes to the binary log file and binary log index file are
handled in the same way as writes to
tables. See Section B.5.4.3, “How MySQL Handles a Full Disk”.
By default, the binary log is not synchronized to disk at each
write. So if the operating system or machine (not only the MySQL
server) crashes, there is a chance that the last statements of the
binary log are lost. To prevent this, you can make the binary log
be synchronized to disk after every
writes to the binary log, with the
sync_binlog system variable. See
Section 5.1.4, “Server System Variables”. 1 is the safest value
sync_binlog, but also the
slowest. Even with
set to 1, there is still the chance of an inconsistency between
the table content and binary log content in case of a crash. For
example, if you are using
InnoDB tables and the
MySQL server processes a
statement, it writes the whole transaction to the binary log and
then commits this transaction into
the server crashes between those two operations, the transaction
is rolled back by
InnoDB at restart but still
exists in the binary log. To resolve this, you should set
--innodb_support_xa to 1. Although
this option is related to the support of XA transactions in
InnoDB, it also ensures that the binary log and InnoDB data files
For this option to provide a greater degree of safety, the MySQL
server should also be configured to synchronize the binary log and
InnoDB logs to disk at every transaction.
InnoDB logs are synchronized by default,
sync_binlog=1 can be used to synchronize
the binary log. The effect of this option is that at restart after
a crash, after doing a rollback of transactions, the MySQL server
cuts rolled back
InnoDB transactions from the
binary log. This ensures that the binary log reflects the exact
InnoDB tables, and so, that the slave
remains in synchrony with the master (not receiving a statement
which has been rolled back).
If the MySQL server discovers at crash recovery that the binary
log is shorter than it should have been, it lacks at least one
InnoDB transaction. This
should not happen if
sync_binlog=1 and the
disk/file system do an actual sync when they are requested to
(some do not), so the server prints an error message
binary log . In this case, this binary log is not
correct and replication should be restarted from a fresh snapshot
of the master's data.
file_name is shorter than
its expected size
For MySQL 5.1.20 and later (and MySQL 5.0.46 and later for backward compatibility), the session values of the following system variables are written to the binary log and honored by the replication slave when parsing the binary log: