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MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4 Release Notes  /  Changes in MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4.11 (5.6.29-ndb-7.4.11) (2016-04-20, General Availability)

Changes in MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4.11 (5.6.29-ndb-7.4.11) (2016-04-20, General Availability)

MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4.11 is a new release of MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4, based on MySQL Server 5.6 and including features in version 7.4 of the NDB storage engine, as well as fixing recently discovered bugs in previous NDB Cluster releases.

Obtaining MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4.  MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4 source code and binaries can be obtained from https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/cluster/.

For an overview of changes made in MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4, see What is New in NDB Cluster 7.4.

This release also incorporates all bug fixes and changes made in previous NDB Cluster releases, as well as all bug fixes and feature changes which were added in mainline MySQL 5.6 through MySQL 5.6.29 (see Changes in MySQL 5.6.29 (2016-02-05, General Availability)).

Functionality Added or Changed

Bugs Fixed

  • Important Change: The minimum value for the BackupDataBufferSize data node configuration parameter has been lowered from 2 MB to 512 KB. The default and maximum values for this parameter remain unchanged. (Bug #22749509)

  • OS X: Processing of local checkpoints was not handled correctly on Mac OS X, due to an uninitialized variable. (Bug #80236, Bug #22647462)

  • Microsoft Windows: Compilation of MySQL with Visual Studio 2015 failed in ConfigInfo.cpp, due to a change in Visual Studio's handling of spaces and concatenation. (Bug #22558836, Bug #80024)

  • Microsoft Windows: When setting up event logging for ndb_mgmd on Windows, MySQL NDB Cluster tries to add a registry key to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, which fails if the user does not have access to the registry. In such cases ndb_mgmd logged the error Could neither create or open key, which is not accurate and which can cause confusion for users who may not realize that file logging is available and being used. Now in such cases, ndb_mgmd logs a warning Could not create or access the registry key needed for the application to log to the Windows EventLog. Run the application with sufficient privileges once to create the key, or add the key manually, or turn off logging for that application. An error (as opposed to a warning) is now reported in such cases only if there is no available output at all for ndb_mgmd event logging. (Bug #20960839)

  • Microsoft Windows: MySQL NDB Cluster did not compile correctly with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015, due to a change from previous versions in the VS implementation of the _vsnprintf() function. (Bug #80276, Bug #22670525)

  • Microsoft Windows: Performing ANALYZE TABLE on a table having one or more indexes caused ndbmtd to fail with an InvalidAttrInfo error due to signal corruption. This issue occurred consistently on Windows, but could also be encountered on other platforms. (Bug #77716, Bug #21441297)

  • Solaris: The ndb_print_file utility failed consistently on Solaris 9 for SPARC. (Bug #80096, Bug #22579581)

  • NDB Cluster APIs: Executing a transaction with an NdbIndexOperation based on an obsolete unique index caused the data node process to fail. Now the index is checked in such cases, and if it cannot be used the transaction fails with an appropriate error. (Bug #79494, Bug #22299443)

  • Integer overflow could occur during client handshake processing, leading to a server exit. (Bug #22722946)

  • During node failure handling, the request structure used to drive the cleanup operation was not maintained correctly when the request was executed. This led to inconsistencies that were harmless during normal operation, but these could lead to assertion failures during node failure handling, with subsequent failure of additional nodes. (Bug #22643129)

  • The previous fix for a lack of mutex protection for the internal TransporterFacade::deliver_signal() function was found to be incomplete in some cases. (Bug #22615274)

    References: This issue is a regression of: Bug #77225, Bug #21185585.

  • When setup of the binary log as an atomic operation on one SQL node failed, this could trigger a state in other SQL nodes in which they appeared to detect the SQL node participating in schema change distribution, whereas it had not yet completed binary log setup. This could in turn cause a deadlock on the global metadata lock when the SQL node still retrying binary log setup needed this lock, while another mysqld had taken the lock for itself as part of a schema change operation. In such cases, the second SQL node waited for the first one to act on its schema distribution changes, which it was not yet able to do. (Bug #22494024)

  • For busy servers, client connection or communication failure could occur if an I/O-related system call was interrupted. The mysql_options() C API function now has a MYSQL_OPT_RETRY_COUNT option to control the number of retries for interrupted system calls. (Bug #22336527)

    References: See also: Bug #22389653.

  • Duplicate key errors could occur when ndb_restore was run on a backup containing a unique index. This was due to the fact that, during restoration of data, the database can pass through one or more inconsistent states prior to completion, such an inconsistent state possibly having duplicate values for a column which has a unique index. (If the restoration of data is preceded by a run with --disable-indexes and followed by one with --rebuild-indexes, these errors are avoided.)

    Added a check for unique indexes in the backup which is performed only when restoring data, and which does not process tables that have explicitly been excluded. For each unique index found, a warning is now printed. (Bug #22329365)

  • Restoration of metadata with ndb_restore -m occasionally failed with the error message Failed to create index... when creating a unique index. While disgnosing this problem, it was found that the internal error PREPARE_SEIZE_ERROR (a temporary error) was reported as an unknown error. Now in such cases, ndb_restore retries the creation of the unique index, and PREPARE_SEIZE_ERROR is reported as NDB Error 748 Busy during read of event table. (Bug #21178339)

    References: See also: Bug #22989944.

  • NdbDictionary metadata operations had a hard-coded 7-day timeout, which proved to be excessive for short-lived operations such as retrieval of table definitions. This could lead to unnecessary hangs in user applications which were difficult to detect and handle correctly. To help address this issue, timeout behaviour is modified so that read-only or short-duration dictionary interactions have a 2-minute timeout, while schema transactions of potentially long duration retain the existing 7-day timeout.

    Such timeouts are intended as a safety net: In the event of problems, these return control to users, who can then take corrective action. Any reproducible issue with NdbDictionary timeouts should be reported as a bug. (Bug #20368354)

  • Optimization of signal sending by buffering and sending them periodically, or when the buffer became full, could cause SUB_GCP_COMPLETE_ACK signals to be excessively delayed. Such signals are sent for each node and epoch, with a minimum interval of TimeBetweenEpochs; if they are not received in time, the SUMA buffers can overflow as a result. The overflow caused API nodes to be disconnected, leading to current transactions being aborted due to node failure. This condition made it difficult for long transactions (such as altering a very large table), to be completed. Now in such cases, the ACK signal is sent without being delayed. (Bug #18753341)

  • An internal function used to validate connections failed to update the connection count when creating a new Ndb object. This had the potential to create a new Ndb object for every operation validating the connection, which could have an impact on performance, particularly when performing schema operations. (Bug #80750, Bug #22932982)

  • When an SQL node was started, and joined the schema distribution protocol, another SQL node, already waiting for a schema change to be distributed, timed out during that wait. This was because the code incorrectly assumed that the new SQL node would also acknowledge the schema distribution even though the new node joined too late to be a participant in it.

    As part of this fix, printouts of schema distribution progress now always print the more significant part of a bitmask before the less significant; formatting of bitmasks in such printouts has also been improved. (Bug #80554, Bug #22842538)

  • Settings for the SchedulerResponsiveness data node configuration parameter (introduced in MySQL NDB Cluster 7.4.9) were ignored. (Bug #80341, Bug #22712481)

  • When setting CPU spin time, the value was needlessly cast to a boolean internally, so that setting it to any nonzero value yielded an effective value of 1. This issue, as well as the fix for it, apply both to setting the SchedulerSpinTimer parameter and to setting spintime as part of a ThreadConfig parameter value. (Bug #80237, Bug #22647476)

  • A logic error in an if statement in storage/ndb/src/kernel/blocks/dbacc/DbaccMain.cpp rendered useless a check for determining whether ZREAD_ERROR should be returned when comparing operations. This was detected when compiling with gcc using -Werror=logical-op. (Bug #80155, Bug #22601798)

    References: This issue is a regression of: Bug #21285604.

  • Builds with the -Werror and -Wextra flags (as for release builds) failed on SLES 11. (Bug #79950, Bug #22539531)

  • When using CREATE INDEX to add an index on either of two NDB tables sharing circular foreign keys, the query succeeded but a temporary table was left on disk, breaking the foreign key constraints. This issue was also observed when attempting to create an index on a table in the middle of a chain of foreign keys—that is, a table having both parent and child keys, but on different tables. The problem did not occur when using ALTER TABLE to perform the same index creation operation; and subsequent analysis revealed unintended differences in the way such operations were performed by CREATE INDEX.

    To fix this problem, we now make sure that operations performed by a CREATE INDEX statement are always handled internally in the same way and at the same time that the same operations are handled when performed by ALTER TABLE or DROP INDEX. (Bug #79156, Bug #22173891)

  • NDB failed to ignore index prefixes on primary and unique keys, causing CREATE TABLE and ALTER TABLE statements using them to be rejected. (Bug #78441, Bug #21839248)