MySQL Restrictions and Limitations  /  Restrictions and Limitations on Partitioning  /  Partitioning and Table-Level Locking

10.4 Partitioning and Table-Level Locking

For storage engines such as MyISAM that actually execute table-level locks when executing DML or DDL statements, such a statement affecting a partitioned table imposes a lock on the table as a whole; that is, all partitions are locked until the statement was finished. For example, a SELECT from a partitioned MyISAM table causes a lock on the entire table.

In practical terms, what this means is that the statements discussed later in this section tend to execute more slowly as the number of partitions increases. This limitation is greatly reduced in MySQL 5.6, with the introduction of partition lock pruning in MySQL 5.6.6.

This is not true for statements affecting partitioned tables using storage engines such as InnoDB, that employ row-level locking and do not actually perform (or need to perform) the locks prior to partition pruning.

The next few paragraphs discuss the effects of MySQL statements on partitioned tables using storage engines that employ table-level locks.

DML statements

SELECT statements lock the entire table. SELECT statements containing unions or joins lock all tables named in the union or join.

UPDATE also locks the entire table.

REPLACE and INSERT (including INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE) lock the entire table.

INSERT ... SELECT locks both the source table and the target table.


INSERT DELAYED is not supported for partitioned tables.

A LOAD DATA statement on a partitioned table locks the entire table.

A trigger on a partitioned table, once activated, locks the entire table.

DDL statements

CREATE VIEW causes a lock on any partitioned table from which it reads.

ALTER TABLE locks the affected partitioned table.

Other statements

LOCK TABLES locks all partitions of a partioned table.

Evaluating the expr in a CALL stored_procedure(expr) statement locks all partitions of any partitioned table referenced by expr.

ALTER TABLE also takes a metadata lock on the table level.