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Excerpts from this Manual Using the Compression Information Schema Tables

Example 15.1 Using the Compression Information Schema Tables

The following is sample output from a database that contains compressed tables (see Section 15.9, “InnoDB Table and Page Compression”, INNODB_CMP, INNODB_CMP_PER_INDEX, and INNODB_CMPMEM).

The following table shows the contents of INFORMATION_SCHEMA.INNODB_CMP under a light workload. The only compressed page size that the buffer pool contains is 8K. Compressing or uncompressing pages has consumed less than a second since the time the statistics were reset, because the columns COMPRESS_TIME and UNCOMPRESS_TIME are zero.

page sizecompress opscompress ops okcompress timeuncompress opsuncompress time

According to INNODB_CMPMEM, there are 6169 compressed 8KB pages in the buffer pool. The only other allocated block size is 64 bytes. The smallest PAGE_SIZE in INNODB_CMPMEM is used for block descriptors of those compressed pages for which no uncompressed page exists in the buffer pool. We see that there are 5910 such pages. Indirectly, we see that 259 (6169-5910) compressed pages also exist in the buffer pool in uncompressed form.

The following table shows the contents of INFORMATION_SCHEMA.INNODB_CMPMEM under a light workload. Some memory is unusable due to fragmentation of the memory allocator for compressed pages: SUM(PAGE_SIZE*PAGES_FREE)=6784. This is because small memory allocation requests are fulfilled by splitting bigger blocks, starting from the 16K blocks that are allocated from the main buffer pool, using the buddy allocation system. The fragmentation is this low because some allocated blocks have been relocated (copied) to form bigger adjacent free blocks. This copying of SUM(PAGE_SIZE*RELOCATION_OPS) bytes has consumed less than a second (SUM(RELOCATION_TIME)=0).

page sizepages usedpages freerelocation opsrelocation time

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