Each binary logging format has advantages and disadvantages. For most users, the mixed replication format should provide the best combination of data integrity and performance. If, however, you want to take advantage of the features specific to the statement-based or row-based replication format when performing certain tasks, you can use the information in this section, which provides a summary of their relative advantages and disadvantages, to determine which is best for your needs.
Proven technology that has existed in MySQL since 3.23.
Less data written to log files. When updates or deletes affect many rows, this results in much less storage space required for log files. This also means that taking and restoring from backups can be accomplished more quickly.
Log files contain all statements that made any changes, so they can be used to audit the database.
Statements that are unsafe for SBR. Not all statements which modify data (such as
REPLACEstatements) can be replicated using statement-based replication. Any nondeterministic behavior is difficult to replicate when using statement-based replication. Examples of such DML (Data Modification Language) statements include the following:
A statement that depends on a UDF or stored program that is nondeterministic, since the value returned by such a UDF or stored program or depends on factors other than the parameters supplied to it. (Row-based replication, however, simply replicates the value returned by the UDF or stored program, so its effect on table rows and data is the same on both the master and slave.) See Section 22.214.171.124, “Replication of Invoked Features”, for more information.
Statements using any of the following functions cannot be replicated properly using statement-based replication:
However, all other functions are replicated correctly using statement-based replication, including
NOW()and so forth.
For more information, see Section 126.96.36.199, “Replication and System Functions”.
Statements that cannot be replicated correctly using statement-based replication are logged with a warning like the one shown here:
[Warning] Statement is not safe to log in statement format.
A similar warning is also issued to the client in such cases. The client can display it using
INSERT ... SELECTrequires a greater number of row-level locks than with row-based replication.
UPDATEstatements that require a table scan (because no index is used in the
WHEREclause) must lock a greater number of rows than with row-based replication.
For complex statements, the statement must be evaluated and executed on the slave before the rows are updated or inserted. With row-based replication, the slave only has to modify the affected rows, not execute the full statement.
If there is an error in evaluation on the slave, particularly when executing complex statements, statement-based replication may slowly increase the margin of error across the affected rows over time. See Section 188.8.131.52, “Slave Errors During Replication”.
Stored functions execute with the same
NOW()value as the calling statement. However, this is not true of stored procedures.
Deterministic UDFs must be applied on the slaves.
Table definitions must be (nearly) identical on master and slave. See Section 184.108.40.206, “Replication with Differing Table Definitions on Master and Slave”, for more information.
All changes can be replicated. This is the safest form of replication.
For MySQL versions earlier than 5.1.14, DDL (Data Definition Language) statements such as
CREATE TABLEare replicated using statement-based replication, while DML statements, as well as
REVOKEstatements, are replicated using row-based replication.
In MySQL 5.1.14 and later, the
mysqldatabase is not replicated. The
mysqldatabase is instead seen as a node-specific database. Row-based replication is not supported on tables in this database. Instead, statements that would normally update this information—such as
REVOKEand the manipulation of triggers, stored routines (including stored procedures), and views—are all replicated to slaves using statement-based replication.
For statements such as
CREATE TABLE ... SELECT, a
CREATEstatement is generated from the table definition and replicated using statement-based format, while the row insertions are replicated using row-based format.
The technology is the same as in most other database management systems; knowledge about other systems transfers to MySQL.
Fewer row locks are required on the master, which thus achieves higher concurrency, for the following types of statements:
RBR tends to generate more data that must be logged. To replicate a DML statement (such as an
DELETEstatement), statement-based replication writes only the statement to the binary log. By contrast, row-based replication writes each changed row to the binary log. If the statement changes many rows, row-based replication may write significantly more data to the binary log; this is true even for statements that are rolled back. This also means that taking and restoring from backup can require more time. In addition, the binary log is locked for a longer time to write the data, which may cause concurrency problems.
Deterministic UDFs that generate large
BLOBvalues take longer to replicate with row-based replication than with statement-based replication. This is because the
BLOBcolumn value is logged, rather than the statement generating the data.
You cannot examine the logs to see what statements were executed, nor can you see on the slave what statements were received from the master and executed.
For tables using the
MyISAMstorage engine, a stronger lock is required on the slave for
INSERTstatements when applying them as row-based events to the binary log than when applying them as statements. This means that concurrent inserts on
MyISAMtables are not supported when using row-based replication.
Formerly, when performing a bulk operation that includes nontransactional storage engines, changes were applied as the statement executed. With row-based logging, this meant that the binary log was written while the statement was running. On the master, this does not cause problems with concurrency, because tables are locked until the bulk operation terminates. On the slave server, tables were not locked while the slave applied changes, because the slave did not know that those changes were part of a bulk operation.
In such cases, if you retrieved data from a table on the master (for example, using
SELECT * FROM table_name), the server waited for the bulk operation to complete before executing the
SELECTstatement, because the table was read-locked. On the slave, the server did not wait (because there was no lock). This meant that, until the bulk operation on the slave completed, different results were obtained for the same
SELECTquery on the master and on the slave.
This issue was resolved in MySQL 5.1.24. (Bug #29020)