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MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  Optimizing Tablespace Space Allocation on Linux Optimizing Tablespace Space Allocation on Linux

As of MySQL 8.0.22, you can configure how InnoDB allocates space to file-per-table and general tablespaces on Linux. By default, when an operation requires additional space in a tablespace, InnoDB allocates pages to the tablespace and physically writes NULLs to those pages. This behavior can affect performance if new pages are allocated frequently. As of MySQL 8.0.22, you can disable innodb_extend_and_initialize on Linux systems to avoid physically writing NULLs to newly allocated tablespace pages. When innodb_extend_and_initialize is disabled, space is allocated to tablespace files using posix_fallocate() calls, which reserve space without physically writing NULLs.

A posix_fallocate() operation is not atomic, which makes it possible for a failure to occur between allocating space to a tablespace file and updating the file metadata. Such a failure can leave newly allocated pages in an uninitialized state, resulting in a failure when InnoDB attempts to access those pages. To prevent this scenario, InnoDB now writes a redo log record before allocating a new tablespace page. If a page allocation operation is interrupted, the operation is replayed from the redo log record during recovery. (A page allocation operation replayed from a redo log record physically writes NULLs to the newly allocated page.) A redo log record is written before allocating a page regardless of the innodb_extend_and_initialize setting.

On non-Linux systems and Windows, InnoDB allocates new pages to the tablespace and physically writes NULLs to those pages, which is the default behavior. Attempting to enable innodb_extend_and_initialize on those systems returns the following error:

Changing innodb_extend_and_initialize not supported on this platform. Falling back to the default.