You can add another replica to an existing replication configuration without stopping the source. To do this, you can set up the new replica by copying the data directory of an existing replica, and giving the new replica a different server ID (which is user-specified) and server UUID (which is generated at startup).
To duplicate an existing replica:
Stop the existing replica and record the replica status information, particularly the source's binary log file and relay log file positions. You can view the replica status by issuing
SHOW SLAVE STATUSas follows:
mysql> STOP SLAVE; mysql> SHOW SLAVE STATUS\G
Shut down the existing replica:
$> mysqladmin shutdown
Copy the data directory from the existing replica to the new replica, including the log files and relay log files. You can do this by creating an archive using tar or
WinZip, or by performing a direct copy using a tool such as cp or rsync.Important
Before copying, verify that all the files relating to the existing replica actually are stored in the data directory. For example, the
InnoDBsystem tablespace, undo tablespace, and redo log might be stored in an alternative location.
InnoDBtablespace files and file-per-table tablespaces might have been created in other directories. The binary logs and relay logs for the replica might be in their own directories outside the data directory. Check through the system variables that are set for the existing replica and look for any alternative paths that have been specified. If you find any, copy these directories over as well.
During copying, if files have been used for the replication metadata repositories (see Section 5.2, “Relay Log and Replication Metadata Repositories”), which is the default in MySQL 5.6, ensure that you also copy these files from the existing replica to the new replica. If tables have been used for the repositories, the tables are in the data directory.
After copying, delete the
auto.cnffile from the copy of the data directory on the new replica, so that the new replica is started with a different generated server UUID. The server UUID must be unique.
A common problem that is encountered when adding new replicas is that the new slave fails with a series of warning and error messages like these:
071118 16:44:10 [Warning] Neither --relay-log nor --relay-log-index were used; so replication may break when this MySQL server acts as a slave and has his hostname changed!! Please use '--relay-log=new_replica_hostname-relay-bin' to avoid this problem. 071118 16:44:10 [ERROR] Failed to open the relay log './old_replica_hostname-relay-bin.003525' (relay_log_pos 22940879) 071118 16:44:10 [ERROR] Could not find target log during relay log initialization 071118 16:44:10 [ERROR] Failed to initialize the master info structure
This situation can occur if the
relay_logsystem variable is not specified, as the relay log files contain the host name as part of their file names. This is also true of the relay log index file if the
relay_log_indexsystem variable is not used. For more information about these variables, see Section 2.4, “Replication and Binary Logging Options and Variables”.
To avoid this problem, use the same value for
relay_logon the new replica that was used on the existing replica. If this option was not set explicitly on the existing replica, use
. If this is not possible, copy the existing replica's relay log index file to the new replica and set the
relay_log_indexsystem variable on the new replica to match what was used on the existing replica. If this option was not set explicitly on the existing replica, use
. Alternatively, if you have already tried to start the new replica after following the remaining steps in this section and have encountered errors like those described previously, then perform the following steps:
If you have not already done so, issue
STOP SLAVEon the new replica.
If you have already started the existing replica again, issue
STOP SLAVEon the existing replica as well.
Copy the contents of the existing replica's relay log index file into the new replica's relay log index file, making sure to overwrite any content already in the file.
Proceed with the remaining steps in this section.
When copying is complete, restart the existing replica.
On the new replica, edit the configuration and give the new replica a unique server ID (using the
server_idsystem variable) that is not used by the source or any of the existing replicas.
Start the new replica server, specifying the
--skip-slave-startoption so that replication does not start yet. Issue
SHOW SLAVE STATUSto confirm that the new replica has the correct settings when compared with the existing replica. Also display the server ID and server UUID and verify that these are correct and unique for the new replica.
Start the replication threads by issuing a
mysql> START SLAVE;
The new replica now uses the information in its connection metadata repository to start the replication process.