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
MIXED, statements flagged as unsafe are logged using the row-based format; statements regarded as safe are logged using the statement-based format.
If the binary logging format is
STATEMENT, statements flagged as being unsafe generate a warning to this effect. (Safe statements are logged normally.)
For more information, see Section 16.1.2, “Replication Formats”.
Statements containing system functions that may return a different value on slave. These functions include
In MySQL 5.1.43 and later,
RAND()is also treated as unsafe. (Bug #11757207, Bug #49222)
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 AUTO_INCREMENT column. This is unsafe because the order in which the rows are updated may differ on the master and the slave.
In addition, an
INSERTinto a table that has a composite primary key containing an
AUTO_INCREMENTcolumn that is not the first column of this composite key is unsafe.
For more information, see Section 220.127.116.11, “Replication and AUTO_INCREMENT”.
INSERT DELAYED statement. This statement is considered unsafe because the insertion of the rows may interleave with concurrently executing statements.
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 depends.
Thus, such statements are considered unsafe.
Updates using LIMIT. 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 statements. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.50,
LOAD DATA INFILEis 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 LOAD DATA INFILE”.
For additional information, see Section 16.4.1, “Replication Features and Issues”.