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13.7.6.3 FLUSH Syntax

FLUSH [NO_WRITE_TO_BINLOG | LOCAL] {
    flush_option [, flush_option] ...
  | tables_option
}

flush_option: {
    BINARY LOGS
  | DES_KEY_FILE
  | ENGINE LOGS
  | ERROR LOGS
  | GENERAL LOGS
  | HOSTS
  | LOGS
  | PRIVILEGES
  | QUERY CACHE
  | RELAY LOGS
  | SLOW LOGS
  | STATUS
  | USER_RESOURCES
}

tables_option: {
    TABLES
  | TABLES tbl_name [, tbl_name] ...
  | TABLES WITH READ LOCK
  | TABLES tbl_name [, tbl_name] ... WITH READ LOCK
  | TABLES tbl_name [, tbl_name] ... FOR EXPORT
}

The FLUSH statement has several variant forms that clear or reload various internal caches, flush tables, or acquire locks. To execute FLUSH, you must have the RELOAD privilege. Specific flush options might require additional privileges, as described later.

Note

It is not possible to issue FLUSH statements within stored functions or triggers. However, you may use FLUSH in stored procedures, so long as these are not called from stored functions or triggers. See Section C.1, “Restrictions on Stored Programs”.

By default, the server writes FLUSH statements to the binary log so that they replicate to replication slaves. To suppress logging, specify the optional NO_WRITE_TO_BINLOG keyword or its alias LOCAL.

Note

FLUSH LOGS, FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK (with or without a table list), and FLUSH TABLES tbl_name ... FOR EXPORT are not written to the binary log in any case because they would cause problems if replicated to a slave.

The FLUSH statement causes an implicit commit. See Section 13.3.3, “Statements That Cause an Implicit Commit”.

The mysqladmin utility provides a command-line interface to some flush operations, using commands such as flush-hosts, flush-logs, flush-privileges, flush-status, and flush-tables. See Section 4.5.2, “mysqladmin — Client for Administering a MySQL Server”.

Sending a SIGHUP signal to the server causes several flush operations to occur that are similar to various forms of the FLUSH statement. See Section 5.1.14, “Server Response to Signals”.

The RESET statement is similar to FLUSH. See Section 13.7.6.6, “RESET Syntax”, for information about using the RESET statement with replication.

The following list describes the permitted FLUSH statement flush_option values. For descriptions of FLUSH TABLES variants, see FLUSH TABLES Syntax.

In MySQL 5.6.11 only, gtid_next must be set to AUTOMATIC before issuing this statement. (Bug #16062608, Bug #16715809, Bug #69045)

FLUSH TABLES Syntax

FLUSH TABLES flushes tables, and, depending on the variant used, acquires locks. Any TABLES variant used in a FLUSH statement must be the only option used. FLUSH TABLE is a synonym for FLUSH TABLES.

Note

The descriptions here that indicate tables are flushed by closing them apply differently for InnoDB, which flushes table contents to disk but leaves them open. This still permits table files to be copied while the tables are open, as long as other activity does not modify them.

  • FLUSH TABLES

    Closes all open tables, forces all tables in use to be closed, and flushes the query cache and prepared statement cache. FLUSH TABLES also removes all query results from the query cache, like the RESET QUERY CACHE statement. For information about query caching and prepared statement caching, see Section 8.10.3, “The MySQL Query Cache”. and Section 8.10.4, “Caching of Prepared Statements and Stored Programs”.

    FLUSH TABLES is not permitted when there is an active LOCK TABLES ... READ. To flush and lock tables, use FLUSH TABLES tbl_name ... WITH READ LOCK instead.

  • FLUSH TABLES tbl_name [, tbl_name] ...

    With a list of one or more comma-separated table names, this statement is like FLUSH TABLES with no names except that the server flushes only the named tables. If a named table does not exist, no error occurs.

  • FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK

    Closes all open tables and locks all tables for all databases with a global read lock. This is a very convenient way to get backups if you have a file system such as Veritas or ZFS that can take snapshots in time. Use UNLOCK TABLES to release the lock.

    FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK acquires a global read lock rather than table locks, so it is not subject to the same behavior as LOCK TABLES and UNLOCK TABLES with respect to table locking and implicit commits:

    FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK is not compatible with XA transactions.

    FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK does not prevent the server from inserting rows into the log tables (see Section 5.4.1, “Selecting General Query Log and Slow Query Log Output Destinations”).

  • FLUSH TABLES tbl_name [, tbl_name] ... WITH READ LOCK

    This statement flushes and acquires read locks for the named tables. The statement first acquires exclusive metadata locks for the tables, so it waits for transactions that have those tables open to complete. Then the statement flushes the tables from the table cache, reopens the tables, acquires table locks (like LOCK TABLES ... READ), and downgrades the metadata locks from exclusive to shared. After the statement acquires locks and downgrades the metadata locks, other sessions can read but not modify the tables.

    Because this statement acquires table locks, you must have the LOCK TABLES privilege for each table, in addition to the RELOAD privilege that is required to use any FLUSH statement.

    This statement applies only to existing base (non-TEMPORARY) tables. If a name refers to a base table, that table is used. If it refers to a TEMPORARY table, it is ignored. If a name applies to a view, an ER_WRONG_OBJECT error occurs. Otherwise, an ER_NO_SUCH_TABLE error occurs.

    Use UNLOCK TABLES to release the locks, LOCK TABLES to release the locks and acquire other locks, or START TRANSACTION to release the locks and begin a new transaction.

    This FLUSH TABLES variant enables tables to be flushed and locked in a single operation. It provides a workaround for the restriction that FLUSH TABLES is not permitted when there is an active LOCK TABLES ... READ.

    This statement does not perform an implicit UNLOCK TABLES, so an error results if you use the statement while there is any active LOCK TABLES or use it a second time without first releasing the locks acquired.

    If a flushed table was opened with HANDLER, the handler is implicitly flushed and loses its position.

  • FLUSH TABLES tbl_name [, tbl_name] ... FOR EXPORT

    This FLUSH TABLES variant applies to InnoDB tables. It ensures that changes to the named tables have been flushed to disk so that binary table copies can be made while the server is running.

    The statement works like this:

    1. It acquires shared metadata locks for the named tables. The statement blocks as long as other sessions have active transactions that have modified those tables or hold table locks for them. When the locks have been acquired, the statement blocks transactions that attempt to update the tables, while permitting read-only operations to continue.

    2. It checks whether all storage engines for the tables support FOR EXPORT. If any do not, an ER_ILLEGAL_HA error occurs and the statement fails.

    3. The statement notifies the storage engine for each table to make the table ready for export. The storage engine must ensure that any pending changes are written to disk.

    4. The statement puts the session in lock-tables mode so that the metadata locks acquired earlier are not released when the FOR EXPORT statement completes.

    The FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORT statement requires that you have the SELECT privilege for each table. Because this statement acquires table locks, you must also have the LOCK TABLES privilege for each table, in addition to the RELOAD privilege that is required to use any FLUSH statement.

    This statement applies only to existing base (non-TEMPORARY) tables. If a name refers to a base table, that table is used. If it refers to a TEMPORARY table, it is ignored. If a name applies to a view, an ER_WRONG_OBJECT error occurs. Otherwise, an ER_NO_SUCH_TABLE error occurs.

    InnoDB supports FOR EXPORT for tables that have their own .ibd file file (that is, tables created with the innodb_file_per_table setting enabled). InnoDB ensures when notified by the FOR EXPORT statement that any changes have been flushed to disk. This permits a binary copy of table contents to be made while the FOR EXPORT statement is in effect because the .ibd file is transaction consistent and can be copied while the server is running. FOR EXPORT does not apply to InnoDB system tablespace files, or to InnoDB tables that have FULLTEXT indexes.

    FLUSH TABLES ...FOR EXPORT does not work with partitioned InnoDB tables prior to MySQL 5.6.17, but is supported for such tables in MySQL 5.6.17 and later. (Bug #16943907)

    When notified by FOR EXPORT, InnoDB writes to disk certain kinds of data that is normally held in memory or in separate disk buffers outside the tablespace files. For each table, InnoDB also produces a file named table_name.cfg in the same database directory as the table. The .cfg file contains metadata needed to reimport the tablespace files later, into the same or different server.

    When the FOR EXPORT statement completes, InnoDB will have flushed all dirty pages to the table data files. Any change buffer entries are merged prior to flushing. At this point, the tables are locked and quiescent: The tables are in a transactionally consistent state on disk and you can copy the .ibd tablespace files along with the corresponding .cfg files to get a consistent snapshot of those tables.

    For the procedure to reimport the copied table data into a MySQL instance, see Section 14.7.6, “Copying File-Per-Table Tablespaces to Another Instance”.

    After you are done with the tables, use UNLOCK TABLES to release the locks, LOCK TABLES to release the locks and acquire other locks, or START TRANSACTION to release the locks and begin a new transaction.

    While any of these statements is in effect within the session, attempts to use FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORT produce an error:

    FLUSH TABLES ... WITH READ LOCK
    FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORT
    LOCK TABLES ... READ
    LOCK TABLES ... WRITE

    While FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORT is in effect within the session, attempts to use any of these statements produce an error:

    FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK
    FLUSH TABLES ... WITH READ LOCK
    FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORT

User Comments
User comments in this section are, as the name implies, provided by MySQL users. The MySQL documentation team is not responsible for, nor do they endorse, any of the information provided here.
  Posted by Simon Mudd on May 30, 2011
Please note: while the documentation does not explicitly say this for MYISAM tables FLUSH TABLES does write data out for example if you have delay_key_write set to ON (default) / ALL any dirty buffer pages are written out.

So many people use this command to FLUSH DATA.

However, for InnoDB tables if you expect FLUSH TABLE xx to do something you are in for a shock, this does not happen. It appears that even the .bfd files are not closed (if using file_per_table) so it would be useful if the documentation for this command made some reference to exceptions and that with some engines the behaviour may not be what is expected.
  Posted by Bas Vijfwinkel on November 24, 2011
For those working in PHP with high volume sites or HPC/HFT systems : using persistent connections might sometimes lead to the mysql server getting unreachable.
Biggest oddity is that it will not occur on all servers in your system/cloud at once but only on a
number of servers. Some servers seem to be able to reuse their persistent connections pretty well while other servers will be creating multiple new connections (without discarding the used ones).
Simple solutions like doubling the amount of allowed connections does not work, it will only delay the moment until it will happen again.
You can either refrain from using persistent connections or flush all hosts when you notice that you can't reach the database anymore.

The error that you will notice is the one below :
DB connection error: Host 'your.mysql-server.url' is blocked because of many connection errors; unblock with 'mysqladmin flush-hosts'
Also the number of connections to the mysql server will be big (netstat -a | grep mysqld) while just a few of these connections appear to be active. You might want to flush your hosts in advance in such situations.

  Posted by Matthias Siebler on June 10, 2013
A client hostname has changed from 'oldclient' to 'newclient'. IP remained the same.
New user account user1@newclient with same grants and password is created.
Try to connect from newclient: mysql -u user1 -p
The server might reject connections with "ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'user1'@'oldclient' ...".
Connection from other clients, that have not changed hostnames, still works. New Account with IP instead of hostname works too.

The goal is to flush hosts!

m.s.
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