Inconsistencies in the sequence of transactions that have been executed from the relay log can occur depending on your replication configuration. This section explains how to avoid inconsistencies and solve any problems they cause.
The following types of inconsistencies can exist:
Half-applied transactions. A transaction which updates non-transactional tables has applied some but not all of its changes.
Gaps. A gap in the externalized transaction set appears when, given an ordered sequence of transactions, a transaction that is later in the sequence is applied before some other transaction that is prior in the sequence. Gaps can only appear when using a multithreaded replica. To avoid gaps occurring, set
slave_preserve_commit_order=1. Up to and including MySQL 8.0.18, this setting requires that binary logging (
log_bin) and replica update logging (
log_slave_updates) are also enabled, which are the default settings from MySQL 8.0. From MySQL 8.0.19, binary logging and replica update logging are not required on the replica to set
slave_preserve_commit_order=1, and can be disabled if wanted. In all releases, setting
slave_parallel_typeis set to
LOGICAL_CLOCK, which is not the default setting. Note that in some specific situations, as listed in the description for
slave_preserve_commit_order=1cannot preserve commit order on the replica, so in these cases gaps might still appear in the sequence of transactions that have been executed from the replica's relay log.
Source binary log position lag. Even in the absence of gaps, it is possible that transactions after
Exec_master_log_poshave been applied. That is, all transactions up to point
Nhave been applied, and no transactions after
Nhave been applied, but
Exec_master_log_poshas a value smaller than
N. In this situation,
Exec_master_log_posis a “low-water mark” of the transactions applied, and lags behind the position of the most recently applied transaction. This can only happen on multithreaded replicas. Enabling
slave_preserve_commit_orderdoes not prevent source binary log position lag.
The following scenarios are relevant to the existence of half-applied transactions, gaps, and source binary log position lag:
While replication threads are running, there may be gaps and half-applied transactions.
mysqld shuts down. Both clean and unclean shutdown abort ongoing transactions and may leave gaps and half-applied transactions.
KILLof replication threads (the SQL thread when using a single-threaded replica, the coordinator thread when using a multithreaded replica). This aborts ongoing transactions and may leave gaps and half-applied transactions.
Error in applier threads. This may leave gaps. If the error is in a mixed transaction, that transaction is half-applied. When using a multithreaded replica, workers which have not received an error complete their queues, so it may take time to stop all threads.
STOP SLAVEwhen using a multithreaded replica. After issuing
STOP SLAVE, the replica waits for any gaps to be filled and then updates
Exec_master_log_pos. This ensures it never leaves gaps or source binary log position lag, unless any of the cases above applies, in other words, before
STOP SLAVEcompletes, either an error happens, or another thread issues
KILL, or the server restarts. In these cases,
STOP SLAVEreturns successfully.
If the last transaction in the relay log is only half-received and the multithreaded replica's coordinator thread has started to schedule the transaction to a worker, then
STOP SLAVEwaits up to 60 seconds for the transaction to be received. After this timeout, the coordinator gives up and aborts the transaction. If the transaction is mixed, it may be left half-completed.
STOP SLAVEwhen using a single-threaded replica. If the ongoing transaction only updates transactional tables, it is rolled back and
STOP SLAVEstops immediately. If the ongoing transaction is mixed,
STOP SLAVEwaits up to 60 seconds for the transaction to complete. After this timeout, it aborts the transaction, so it may be left half-completed.
The global variable
unrelated to the process of stopping the replication threads. It
only makes the client that issues
SLAVE return to the client, but the replication
threads continue to try to stop.
If a replication channel has gaps, it has the following consequences:
The replica database is in a state that may never have existed on the source.
SHOW SLAVE STATUSis only a “low-water mark”. In other words, transactions appearing before the position are guaranteed to have committed, but transactions after the position may have committed or not.
If mysqld is started with
--relay-log-recovery, no recovery is done for that channel, and a warning is printed.
After applying the dump on another server, and starting the replication threads, transactions appearing after the position are replicated again. Note that this is harmless if GTIDs are enabled (however, in that case it is not recommended to use
If a replication channel has source binary log position lag but no gaps, cases 2 to 5 above apply, but case 1 does not.
The source binary log position information is persisted in
binary format in the internal table
[SQL_THREAD] always consults this information so that
it applies only the correct transactions. This remains true even
been changed to 0 before
SLAVE, and even if
SLAVE is used with
START SLAVE UNTIL
SQL_AFTER_MTS_GAPS only applies as many transactions
as needed in order to fill in the gaps. If
START SLAVE is used with
UNTIL clauses that tell it to stop before it
has consumed all the gaps, then it leaves remaining gaps.