When speaking of the “safeness” of a statement in MySQL Replication, we are referring to whether a statement and its effects can be replicated correctly using statement-based format. If this is true of the statement, we refer to the statement as safe; otherwise, we refer to it as unsafe.
In general, a statement is safe if it deterministic, and unsafe if it is not. However, certain nondeterministic functions are not considered unsafe (see Nondeterministic functions not considered unsafe, later in this section). In addition, statements using results from floating-point math functions—which are hardware-dependent—are always considered unsafe (see Section 126.96.36.199, “Replication and Floating-Point Values”).
Handling of safe and unsafe statements.
A statement is treated differently depending on whether the
statement is considered safe, and with respect to the binary
logging format (that is, the current value of
No distinction is made in the treatment of safe and unsafe
statements when the binary logging mode is
If the binary logging format is
statements flagged as unsafe are logged using the row-based
format; statements regarded as safe are logged using the
If the binary logging format is
STATEMENT, statements flagged as being
unsafe generate a warning to this effect. (Safe statements
are logged normally.)
Each statement flagged as unsafe generates a warning. Formerly,
in cases where a great many such statements were executed on the
master, this could lead to very large error log files, sometimes
even filling up an entire disk unexpectedly. To guard against
this, MySQL 5.5.27 introduced a warning suppression mechanism,
which behaves as follows: Whenever the 50 most recent
warnings have been generated more than 50 times in any 50-second
period, warning suppression is enabled. When activated, this
causes such warnings not to be written to the error log;
instead, for each 50 warnings of this type, a note
last warning was repeated is written
to the error log. This continues as long as the 50 most recent
such warnings were issued in 50 seconds or less; once the rate
has decreased below this threshold, the warnings are once again
logged normally. Warning suppression has no effect on how the
safety of statements for statement-based logging is determined,
nor on how warnings are sent to the client (MySQL clients still
receive one warning for each such statement).
N times in
For more information, see Section 17.1.2, “Replication Formats”.
Statements containing system functions that may return a different value
These functions include
Nondeterministic functions not considered unsafe.
Although these functions are not deterministic, they are
treated as safe for purposes of logging and replication:
For more information, see Section 188.8.131.52, “Replication and System Functions”.
References to system variables. Most system variables are not replicated correctly using the statement-based format. For exceptions, see Section 184.108.40.206, “Mixed Binary Logging Format”.
UDFs. Since we have no control over what a UDF does, we must assume that it is executing unsafe statements.
Updates a table having an
Prior to MySQL 5.5.3, all such statements were always
considered unsafe because the order in which the rows are
updated could differ on the master and the slave. In MySQL
5.3.3 and later, these statements are unsafe only when
they are executed by a trigger or stored program (Bug
#50192, Bug #11758052).
INSERT into a table that
has a composite primary key containing an
AUTO_INCREMENT column that is not the
first column of this composite key is unsafe.
For more information, see
Section 220.127.116.11, “Replication and
INSERT DELAYED statement.
This statement is considered unsafe because the insertion
of the rows may interleave with concurrently executing
INSERT ... ON
DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE statements on tables with
multiple primary or unique keys.
When executed against a table that contains more than one
primary or unique key, this statement is considered
unsafe, being sensitive to the order in which the storage
engine checks the keys, which is not deterministic, and on
which the choice of rows updated by the MySQL Server
... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE statement against a
table having more than one unique or primary key is marked
as unsafe for statement-based replication beginning with
MySQL 5.5.24. (Bug #11765650, Bug #58637)
The order in which rows are retrieved is not specified.
Accesses or references log tables. The contents of the system log table may differ between master and slave.
Nontransactional operations after transactional operations. Within a transaction, allowing any nontransactional reads or writes to execute after any transactional reads or writes is considered unsafe.
For more information, see Section 18.104.22.168, “Replication and Transactions”.
Accesses or references self-logging tables. All reads and writes to self-logging tables are considered unsafe. Within a transaction, any statement following a read or write to self-logging tables is also considered unsafe.
LOAD DATA INFILE
Beginning with MySQL 5.5.6,
INFILE is considered unsafe, it causes a warning
in statement-based mode, and a switch to row-based format
when using mixed-format logging. See
Section 22.214.171.124, “Replication and
For additional information, see Section 17.4.1, “Replication Features and Issues”.