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MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  Enabling Automatic Configuration for a Dedicated MySQL Server

15.8.12 Enabling Automatic Configuration for a Dedicated MySQL Server

When innodb_dedicated_server is enabled, InnoDB automatically configures the following variables:

Only consider enabling innodb_dedicated_server if the MySQL instance resides on a dedicated server where it can use all available system resources. For example, consider enabling if you run MySQL Server in a Docker container or dedicated VM that only runs MySQL. Enabling innodb_dedicated_server is not recommended if the MySQL instance shares system resources with other applications.

The information that follows describes how each variable is automatically configured.

  • innodb_buffer_pool_size

    Buffer pool size is configured according to the amount of memory detected on the server.

    Table 15.8 Automatically Configured Buffer Pool Size

    Detected Server Memory Buffer Pool Size
    Less than 1GB 128MiB (the default value)
    1GB to 4GB detected server memory * 0.5
    Greater than 4GB detected server memory * 0.75

  • innodb_log_file_size

    As of MySQL 8.0.14, log file size is configured according to the automatically configured buffer pool size.

    Table 15.9 Automatically Configured Log File Size

    Buffer Pool Size Log File Size
    Less than 8GB 512MiB
    8GB to 128GB 1024MiB
    Greater than 128GB 2048MiB


    Prior to MySQL 8.0.14, the innodb_log_file_size variable was automatically configured according to the amount of memory detected on the server, as shown below:

    Table 15.10 Automatically Configured Log File Size (MySQL 8.0.13 and Earlier)

    Detected Server Memory Log File Size
    < 1GB 48MiB (the default value)
    <= 4GB 128MiB
    <= 8GB 512MiB
    <= 16GB 1024MiB
    > 16GB 2048MiB

  • innodb_log_files_in_group

    The number of log files is configured according to the automatically configured buffer pool size (in gigabytes). Automatic configuration of the innodb_log_files_in_group variable was added in MySQL 8.0.14.

    Table 15.11 Automatically Configured Number of Log Files

    Buffer Pool Size Number of Log Files
    Less than 8GB ROUND(buffer pool size)
    8GB to 128GB ROUND(buffer pool size * 0.75)
    Greater than 128GB 64


    The minimum innodb_log_files_in_group value of 2 is enforced if the rounded buffer pool size value is less than 2GB.

  • innodb_flush_method

    The flush method is set to O_DIRECT_NO_FSYNC when innodb_dedicated_server is enabled. If the O_DIRECT_NO_FSYNC setting is not available, the default innodb_flush_method setting is used.

    InnoDB uses O_DIRECT during flushing I/O, but skips the fsync() system call after each write operation.


    Prior to MySQL 8.0.14, this setting is not suitable for file systems such as XFS and EXT4, which require an fsync() system call to synchronize file system metadata changes.

    As of MySQL 8.0.14, fsync() is called after creating a new file, after increasing file size, and after closing a file, to ensure that file system metadata changes are synchronized. The fsync() system call is still skipped after each write operation.

    Data loss is possible if redo log files and data files reside on different storage devices, and an unexpected exit occurs before data file writes are flushed from a device cache that is not battery-backed. If you use or intend to use different storage devices for redo log files and data files, and your data files reside on a device with a cache that is not battery-backed, use O_DIRECT instead.

If an automatically configured option is configured explicitly in an option file or elsewhere, the explicitly specified setting is used, and a startup warning similar to this is printed to stderr:

[Warning] [000000] InnoDB: Option innodb_dedicated_server is ignored for innodb_buffer_pool_size because innodb_buffer_pool_size=134217728 is specified explicitly.

Explicit configuration of one option does not prevent the automatic configuration of other options.

If innodb_dedicated_server is enabled and innodb_buffer_pool_size is configured explicitly in an option file, innodb_log_file_size and innodb_log_files_in_group are still automatically configured based on a buffer pool size value calculated according to the amount of memory detected on the server, even though that value is not used to configure the size of the buffer pool.

Automatically configured settings are evaluated and reconfigured if necessary each time the MySQL server is started.