These terms are commonly used in information about the MySQL database server. This glossary originated as a reference for terminology about the InnoDB storage engine, and the majority of definitions are InnoDB-related.
An acronym standing for atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability. These properties are all desirable in a database system, and are all closely tied to the notion of a transaction. The transactional features of InnoDB adhere to the ACID principles.
Transactions are atomic units of work that can be committed or rolled back. When a transaction makes multiple changes to the database, either all the changes succeed when the transaction is committed, or all the changes are undone when the transaction is rolled back.
The database remains in a consistent state at all times -- after each commit or rollback, and while transactions are in progress. If related data is being updated across multiple tables, queries see either all old values or all new values, not a mix of old and new values.
Transactions are protected (isolated) from each other while they are in progress; they cannot interfere with each other or see each other's uncommitted data. This isolation is achieved through the locking mechanism. Experienced users can adjust the isolation level, trading off less protection in favor of increased performance and concurrency, when they can be sure that the transactions really do not interfere with each other.
The results of transactions are durable: once a commit operation succeeds, the changes made by that transaction are safe from power failures, system crashes, race conditions, or other potential dangers that many non-database applications are vulnerable to. Durability typically involves writing to disk storage, with a certain amount of redundancy to protect against power failures or software crashes during write operations. (In InnoDB, the doublewrite buffer assists with durability.)
An algorithm for InnoDB tables that smooths out the I/O overhead introduced by checkpoints. Instead of flushing all modified pages from the buffer pool to the data files at once, MySQL periodically flushes small sets of modified pages. The adaptive flushing algorithm extends this process by estimating the optimal rate to perform these periodic flushes, based on the rate of flushing and how fast redo information is generated. First introduced in MySQL 5.1, in the InnoDB Plugin.
An optimization for InnoDB tables that can speed up
IN operators, by
constructing a hash index in memory. MySQL monitors index
searches for InnoDB tables, and if queries could benefit from a hash index, it builds one automatically
for index pages that are frequently accessed. In a sense, the
adaptive hash index configures MySQL at runtime to take advantage of ample main memory, coming closer to
the architecture of main-memory databases. This feature is controlled by the
innodb_adaptive_hash_index configuration option. Because this feature
benefits some workloads and not others, and the memory used for the hash index is reserved in the buffer pool, typically you should benchmark with this
feature both enabled and disabled.
The hash index is always built based on an existing InnoDB secondary index, which is organized as a B-tree structure. MySQL can build a hash index on a prefix of any length of the key defined for the B-tree, depending on the pattern of searches against the index. A hash index can be partial; the whole B-tree index does not need to be cached in the buffer pool.
In MySQL 5.6 and higher, another way to take advantage of fast single-value lookups with InnoDB tables is to use the memcached interface to InnoDB. See Section 14.2.9, "InnoDB Integration with memcached" for details.
See Also adaptive hash index.
See Also asynchronous I/O.
If your application could benefit from InnoDB table compression,
or uses BLOBs or large text columns that could benefit from the dynamic row format, you might switch
some tables to Barracuda format. You select the file format to use by setting the
innodb_file_format option before creating the table.
When a backup produced by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product does not include the most
recent changes that occurred while the backup was underway, the process of updating the backup files to
include those changes is known as the apply step. It is
specified by the
apply-log option of the
Before the changes are applied, we refer to the files as a raw backup. After the changes are applied, we refer to the files as a prepared backup. The changes are recorded in the ibbackup_logfile file; once the apply step is finished, this file is no longer necessary.
A type of I/O operation that allows other processing to proceed before the I/O is completed. Also known as non-blocking I/O and abbreviated as AIO. InnoDB uses this type of I/O for certain operations that can run in parallel without affecting the reliability of the database, such as reading pages into the buffer pool that have not actually been requested, but might be needed soon.
Historically, InnoDB has used asynchronous I/O on Windows systems only. Starting with the InnoDB
Plugin 1.1, InnoDB uses asynchronous I/O on Linux systems. This change introduces a dependency on
libaio. On other Unix-like systems, InnoDB uses synchronous I/O only.
In the SQL context, transactions are units of work that either succeed entirely (when committed) or have no effect at all (when rolled back). The indivisible ("atomic") property of transactions is the "A" in the acronym ACID.
A property of a table column (specified by the
AUTO_INCREMENT keyword) that automatically adds an ascending sequence of
values in the column. InnoDB supports auto-increment only for primary
It saves work for the developer, not to have to produce new unique values when inserting new rows. It provides useful information for the query optimizer, because the column is known to be not null and with unique values. The values from such a column can be used as lookup keys in various contexts, and because they are auto-generated there is no reason to ever change them; for this reason, primary key columns are often specified as auto-incrementing.
Auto-increment columns can be problematic with statement-based replication, because replaying the
statements on a slave might not produce the same set of column values as on the master, due to
timing issues. When you have an auto-incrementing primary key, you can use statement-based
replication only with the setting
innodb_autoinc_lock_mode=1. If you have
which allows higher concurrency for insert operations, use row-based
replication rather than statement-based
replication. The setting
is the previous (traditional) default setting and should not be used except for compatibility
The convenience of an auto-increment
primary key involves some tradeoff with concurrency. In the simplest case, if one transaction is
inserting values into the table, any other transactions must wait to do their own inserts into that
table, so that rows inserted by the first transaction receive consecutive primary key values. InnoDB
includes optimizations, and the
innodb_autoinc_lock_mode option, so that you can choose how to trade
off between predictable sequences of auto-increment values and maximum concurrency
for insert operations.
A setting that causes a commit operation after each SQL statement. This mode is not recommended for working with InnoDB tables with transactions that span several statements. It can help performance for read-only transactions on InnoDB tables, where it minimizes overhead from locking and generation of undo data, especially in MySQL 5.6.4 and up. It is also appropriate for working with MyISAM tables, where transactions are not applicable.
The ability to cope with, and if necessary recover from, failures on the host, including failures of MySQL, the operating system, or the hardware and maintenance activity that may otherwise cause downtime. Often paired with scalability as critical aspects of a large-scale deployment.
See Also scalability.
A tree data structure that is popular for use in
database indexes. The structure is kept sorted at all times, enabling fast lookup for exact matches
(equals operator) and ranges (for example, greater than, less than, and
BETWEEN operators). This type of index is available for most storage
engines, such as InnoDB and MyISAM.
Because B-tree nodes can have many children, a B-tree is not the same as a binary tree, which is limited to 2 children per node.
Contrast with hash index, which is only available in the MEMORY storage engine. The MEMORY storage engine can also use B-tree indexes, and you should choose B-tree indexes for MEMORY tables if some queries use range operators.
See Also hash index.
Identifiers within MySQL SQL statements must be quoted
using the backtick character (
`) if they contain special characters or
reserved words. For example, to refer to a table named
FOO#BAR or a column
SELECT, you would specify the identifiers as
`SELECT`. Since the backticks provide an extra level of safety, they
are used extensively in program-generated SQL statements, where the identifier names might not be known
Many other database systems use double quotation marks (
") around such
special names. For portability, you can enable
ANSI_QUOTES mode in
MySQL and use double quotation marks instead of backticks to qualify identifier names.
See Also SQL.
The process of copying some or all table data and metadata from a MySQL instance, for safekeeping. Can also refer to the set of copied files. This is a crucial task for DBAs. The reverse of this process is the restore operation.
With MySQL, physical backups are performed by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, and logical backups are performed by the
command. These techniques have different characteristics in terms of size and representation of the
backup data, and speed (especially speed of the restore operation).
Backups are further classified as hot, warm, or cold depending on how much they interfere with normal database operation. (Hot backups have the least interference, cold backups the most.)
The code name for an InnoDB file
format that supports compression for table data. This file format was first introduced
in the InnoDB Plugin. It supports the compressed row format
that enables InnoDB table compression, and the dynamic row
format that improves the storage layout for BLOB and large text columns. You can select it through the
Because the InnoDB system tablespace is stored in the original Antelope file format, to use the Barracuda file format you must also enable the file-per-table setting, which puts newly created tables in their own tablespaces separate from the system tablespace.
The MySQL Enterprise Backup product version 3.5 and above supports backing up tablespaces that use the Barracuda file format.
An early stage in the life of a software product, when it is available only for evaluation, typically without a definite release number or a number less than 1. InnoDB does not use the beta designation, preferring an early adopter phase that can extend over several point releases, leading to a GA release.
A file containing a record of all statements that attempt to change table data. These statements can be replayed to bring slave servers up to date in a replication scenario, or to bring a database up to date after restoring table data from a backup. The binary logging feature can be turned on and off, although Oracle recommends always enabling it if you use replication or perform backups.
You can examine the contents of the binary log, or replay those statements during replication or recovery, by using the mysqlbinlog command. For full information about the binary log, see Section 5.2.4, "The Binary Log". For MySQL configuration options related to the binary log, see Section 220.127.116.11, "Binary Log Options and Variables".
For the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, the file name of
the binary log and the current position within the file are important details. To record this
information for the master server when taking a backup in a replication context, you can specify the
Prior to MySQL 5.0, a similar capability was available, known as the update log. In MySQL 5.0 and higher, the binary log replaces the update log.
See Also binary log.
A special mode of full-text
search enabled by the
WITH QUERY EXPANSION clause. It
performs the search twice, where the search phrase for the second search is the original search phrase
concatenated with the few most highly relevant documents from the first search. This technique is mainly
applicable for short search phrases, perhaps only a single word. It can uncover relevant matches where
the precise search term does not occur in the document.
See Also full-text search.
A portion of a system that is constrained in size or capacity, that has the effect of limiting overall throughput. For example, a memory area might be smaller than necessary; access to a single required resource might prevent multiple CPU cores from running simultaneously; or waiting for disk I/O to complete might prevent the CPU from running at full capacity. Removing bottlenecks tends to improve concurrency. For example, the ability to have multiple InnoDB buffer pool instances reduces contention when multiple sessions read from and write to the buffer pool simultaneously.
See Also shutdown.
A memory or disk area used for temporary storage. Data is buffered in memory so that it can be written to disk efficiently, with a few large I/O operations rather than many small ones. Data is buffered on disk for greater reliability, so that it can be recovered even when a crash or other failure occurs at the worst possible time. The main types of buffers used by InnoDB are the buffer pool, the doublewrite buffer, and the insert buffer.
The memory area that holds cached InnoDB data for both tables and indexes. For efficiency of high-volume read operations, the buffer pool is divided into pages that can potentially hold multiple rows. For efficiency of cache management, the buffer pool is implemented as a linked list of pages; data that is rarely used is aged out of the cache, using a variation of the LRU algorithm. On systems with large memory, you can improve concurrency by dividing the buffer pool into multiple buffer pool instances.
InnoDB status variables,
performance_schema tables help to monitor the internal
workings of the buffer pool. Starting in MySQL 5.6, you can also dump and restore the contents of
the buffer pool, either automatically during shutdown and restart, or manually at any time, through
a set of
InnoDB configuration variables such as
Any of the multiple regions into which the buffer pool can be divided, controlled by the
innodb_buffer_pool_instances configuration option. The total memory size
specified by the
innodb_buffer_pool_size is divided among all the instances.
Typically, multiple buffer pool instances are appropriate for systems devoting multiple gigabytes to the
InnoDB buffer pool, with each instance 1 gigabyte or larger. On systems loading or looking up large
amounts of data in the buffer pool from many concurrent sessions, having multiple instances reduces the
contention for exclusive access to the data structures that manage the buffer pool.
See Also buffer pool.
The built-in InnoDB storage engine within MySQL is the original form of distribution for the storage engine. Contrast with the InnoDB Plugin. Starting with MySQL 5.5, the InnoDB Plugin is merged back into the MySQL code base as the built-in InnoDB storage engine (known as InnoDB 1.1).
This distinction is important mainly in MySQL 5.1, where a feature or bug fix might apply to the InnoDB Plugin but not the built-in InnoDB, or vice versa.
The relationships and sequences of actions that form the basis of business software, used to run a commercial company. Sometimes these rules are dictated by law, other times by company policy. Careful planning ensures that the relationships encoded and enforced by the database, and the actions performed through application logic, accurately reflect the real policies of the company and can handle real-life situations.
For example, an employee leaving a company might trigger a sequence of actions from the human resources department. The human resources database might also need the flexibility to represent data about a person who has been hired, but not yet started work. Closing an account at an online service might result in data being removed from a database, or the data might be moved or flagged so that it could be recovered if the account is re-opened. A company might establish policies regarding salary maximums, minimums, and adjustments, in addition to basic sanity checks such as the salary not being a negative number. A retail database might not allow a purchase with the same serial number to be returned more than once, or might not allow credit card purchases above a certain value, while a database used to detect fraud might allow these kinds of things.
See Also relational.
The number of different values in a table column. When queries refer to columns that have an associated
index, the cardinality of each column influences which access
method is most efficient. For example, for a column with a unique
constraint, the number of different values is equal to the number of rows in the
table. If a table has a million rows but only 10 different values for a particular column, each value
occurs (on average) 100,000 times. A query such as
SELECT c1 FROM t1 WHERE c1 =
50; thus might return 1 row or a huge number of rows, and the database server might process
the query differently depending on the cardinality of
If the values in a column have a very uneven distribution, the cardinality might not be a good way
to determine the best query plan. For example,
SELECT c1 FROM t1 WHERE c1 =
x; might return 1 row when
x=50 and a million rows when
x=30. In such a case, you might need to use index
hints to pass along advice about which lookup method is more efficient for a
Cardinality can also apply to the number of distinct values present in multiple columns, as in a composite index.
For InnoDB, the process of estimating cardinality for indexes is influenced by the
innodb_stats_sample_pages and the
innodb_stats_on_metadata configuration options. The estimated values
are more stable when the persistent statistics feature is
enabled (in MySQL 5.6 and higher).
A metadata file used with the
transportable tablespace feature. It is produced by the
FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORT, puts one or more tables in a
consistent state that can be copied to another server. The
.cfg file is
copied along with the corresponding .ibd file, and used to
adjust the internal values of the
.ibd file, such as the space ID, during the
ALTER TABLE ...
IMPORT TABLESPACE step.
A special data structure that records changes to pages in secondary indexes.
These values could result from SQL
statements (DML). The set of features involving the change
buffer is known collectively as change buffering, consisting
of insert buffering, delete
buffering, and purge buffering.
Changes are only recorded in the change buffer when the relevant page from the secondary index is not in the buffer pool. When the relevant index page is brought into the buffer pool while associated changes are still in the change buffer, the changes for that page are applied in the buffer pool (merged) using the data from the change buffer. Periodically, the purge operation that runs during times when the system is mostly idle, or during a slow shutdown, writes the new index pages to disk. The purge operation can write the disk blocks for a series of index values more efficiently than if each value were written to disk immediately.
Physically, the change buffer is part of the system tablespace, so that the index changes remain buffered across database restarts. The changes are only applied (merged) when the pages are brought into the buffer pool due to some other read operation.
The kinds and amount of data stored in the change buffer are governed by the
innodb_change_buffer_max_size configuration options. To see
information about the current data in the change buffer, issue the
SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS command.
Formerly known as the insert buffer.
The general term for the features involving the change buffer, consisting of insert
buffering, delete buffering, and purge buffering. Index changes resulting from SQL statements,
which could normally involve random I/O operations, are held back and performed periodically by a
background thread. This sequence of operations can write the
disk blocks for a series of index values more efficiently than if each value were written to disk
immediately. Controlled by the
innodb_change_buffer_max_size configuration options.
As changes are made to data pages that are cached in the buffer pool, those changes are written to the data files sometime later, a process known as flushing. The checkpoint is a record of the latest changes (represented by an LSN value) that have been successfully written to the data files.
InnoDB, a validation
mechanism to detect corruption when a page in a tablespace is read from disk into the InnoDB buffer pool. This feature is turned on and off by the
configuration option. In MySQL 5.6, you can enable a faster checksum algorithm by also specifying the
The innochecksum command helps to diagnose corruption problems by testing the checksum values for a specified tablespace file while the MySQL server is shut down.
In a foreign
key relationship, a child table is one whose rows refer (or point) to rows in another
table with an identical value for a specific column. This is the table that contains the
FOREIGN KEY ... REFERENCES clause and optionally
ON DELETE clauses. The corresponding row in the parent table must exist before the row can be created in
the child table. The values in the child table can prevent delete or update operations on the parent
table, or can cause automatic deletion or updates in the child table, based on the
ON CASCADE option used when creating the foreign key.
A page in the InnoDB buffer pool where all changes made in memory have also been written (flushed) to the data files. The opposite of a dirty page.
A type of program that sends requests to a server, and
interprets or processes the results. The client software might run only some of the time (such as a mail
or chat program), and might run interactively (such as the
The InnoDB term for a primary key index. InnoDB table storage is organized based on the values of the primary key columns, to speed up queries and sorts involving the primary key columns. For best performance, choose the primary key columns carefully based on the most performance-critical queries. Because modifying the columns of the clustered index is an expensive operation, choose primary columns that are rarely or never updated.
In the Oracle Database product, this type of table is known as an index-organized table.
Each column has a cardinality value. A column can be the primary key for its table, or part of the primary key. A column can be subject to a unique constraint, a NOT NULL constraint, or both. Values in different columns, even across different tables, can be linked by a foreign key relationship.
In discussions of MySQL internal operations, sometimes field is used as a synonym.
When an index is created with a length specification,
CREATE INDEX idx ON t1 (c1(N)), only the first N characters of the
column value are stored in the index. Keeping the index prefix small makes the index compact, and the
memory and disk I/O savings help performance. (Although making the index prefix too small can hinder
query optimization by making rows with different values appear to the query optimizer to be duplicates.)
For columns containing binary values or long text strings, where sorting is not a major consideration and storing the entire value in the index would waste space, the index automatically uses the first N (typically 768) characters of the value to do lookups and sorts.
See Also index.
InnoDB uses an optimistic mechanism for commits, so that changes can be written to the data files before the commit actually occurs. This technique makes the commit itself faster, with the tradeoff that more work is required in case of a rollback.
By default, MySQL uses the autocommit setting, which automatically issues a commit following each SQL statement.
The default InnoDB row format since MySQL 5.0.3. Available for tables that use the Antelope file format. It has a more compact representation for nulls and variable-length fields than the prior default (redundant row format).
Because of the B-tree indexes that make row lookups so fast in InnoDB, there is little if any performance benefit to keeping all rows the same size.
The compression feature of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product makes a compressed copy of each
tablespace, changing the extension from
.ibz. Compressing the backup data allows you to keep more backups on
hand, and reduces the time to transfer backups to a different server. The data is uncompressed during
the restore operation. When a compressed backup operation processes a table that is already compressed,
it skips the compression step for that table, because compressing again would result in little or no
A set of files produced by the MySQL Enterprise Backup
product, where each tablespace is compressed. The
compressed files are renamed with a
.ibz file extension.
Applying compression right at the start of the backup process helps to avoid storage overhead during the compression process, and to avoid network overhead when transferring the backup files to another server. The process of applying the binary log takes longer, and requires uncompressing the backup files.
A row format
that enables data and index compression for InnoDB tables. It
was introduced in the InnoDB Plugin, available as part of the Barracuda file format. Large fields are stored away from
the page that holds the rest of the row data, as in dynamic row
format. Both index pages and the large fields are compressed, yielding memory and
disk savings. Depending on the structure of the data, the decrease in memory and disk usage might or
might not outweigh the performance overhead of uncompressing the data as it is used. See Section
5.4.6, "Working with
InnoDB Compressed Tables" for usage details.
A feature with wide-ranging benefits from using less disk space, performing less I/O, and using less memory for caching. InnoDB table and index data can be kept in a compressed format during database operation.
The data is uncompressed when needed for queries, and re-compressed when changes are made by DML operations. After you enable compression for a table, this processing is transparent to users and application developers. DBAs can consult information_schema tables to monitor how efficiently the compression parameters work for the MySQL instance and for particular compressed tables.
When InnoDB table data is compressed, the compression applies to the table itself, any associated index data, and the pages loaded into the buffer pool. Compression does not apply to pages in the undo buffer.
The table compression feature requires using MySQL 5.5 or higher, or the InnoDB Plugin in MySQL 5.1
or earlier, and creating the table using the Barracuda
file format and compressed row format, with the innodb_file_per_table setting turned on. The
compression for each table is influenced by the
CREATE TABLE and
ALTER TABLE statements. In MySQL 5.6 and higher, compression is
also affected by the server-wide configuration options
innodb_compression_pad_pct_max. See Section
5.4.6, "Working with
InnoDB Compressed Tables" for usage
Another type of compression is the compressed backup feature of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
Not actually an error, rather an expensive operation
that can occur when using compression in combination with
DML operations. It occurs when: updates to a compressed page overflow the area on the page reserved for recording
modifications; the page is compressed again, with all changes applied to the table data; the
re-compressed data does not fit on the original page, requiring MySQL to split the data into two new
pages and compress each one separately. To check the frequency of this condition, query the table
INFORMATION_SCHEMA.INNODB_CMP and check how much the value of the
COMPRESS_OPS column exceeds the value of the
column. Ideally, compression failures do not occur often; when they do, you can adjust the configuration
See composite index.
The ability of multiple operations (in database terminology, transactions) to run simultaneously, without interfering with each other. Concurrency is also involved with performance, because ideally the protection for multiple simultaneous transactions works with a minimum of performance overhead, using efficient mechanisms for locking.
The file that holds the option
values used by MySQL at startup. Traditionally, on Linux and UNIX this file is named
my.cnf, and on Windows it is named
You can set a number of options related to InnoDB under the
section of the file.
Typically, this file is searched for in the locations
~/.my.cnf. See Section
18.104.22.168, "Using Option Files" for details about the search path for this file.
When you use the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, you typically use two configuration files: one that specifies where the data comes from and how it is structured (which could be the original configuration file for your real server), and a stripped-down one containing only a small set of options that specify where the backup data goes and how it is structured. The configuration files used with the MySQL Enterprise Backup product must contain certain options that are typically left out of regular configuration files, so you might need to add some options to your existing configuration file for use with MySQL Enterprise Backup.
A read operation that uses snapshot information to present query results based on a point in time, regardless of changes performed by other transactions running at the same time. If queried data has been changed by another transaction, the original data is reconstructed based on the contents of the undo log. This technique avoids some of the locking issues that can reduce concurrency by forcing transactions to wait for other transactions to finish.
With the repeatable read isolation level, the snapshot is based on the time when the first read operation is performed. With the read committed isolation level, the snapshot is reset to the time of each consistent read operation.
Consistent read is the default mode in which InnoDB processes
statements in READ COMMITTED and REPEATABLE READ isolation levels. Because a consistent
read does not set any locks on the tables it accesses, other sessions are free to modify those
tables while a consistent read is being performed on the table.
For technical details about the applicable isolation levels, see Section 22.214.171.124, "Consistent Nonlocking Reads".
An automatic test that can block database changes to prevent data from becoming inconsistent. (In computer science terms, a kind of assertion related to an invariant condition.) Constraints are a crucial component of the ACID philosophy, to maintain data consistency. Constraints supported by MySQL include FOREIGN KEY constraints and unique constraints.
A value that is incremented by a particular kind of
InnoDB operation. Useful for measuring how busy a server is,
troubleshooting the sources of performance issues, and testing whether changes (for example, to
configuration settings or indexes used by queries) have the desired low-level effects. Different kinds
of counters are available through performance_schema tables
and information_schema tables, particularly
An index that includes all the columns retrieved by a query. Instead of using the index values as pointers to find the full table rows, the query returns values from the index structure, saving disk I/O. InnoDB can apply this optimization technique to more indexes than MyISAM can, because InnoDB secondary indexes also include the primary key columns. InnoDB cannot apply this technique for queries against tables modified by a transaction, until that transaction ends.
Any column index or composite index could act as a covering index, given the right query. Design your indexes and queries to take advantage of this optimization technique wherever possible.
MySQL uses the term "crash" to refer generally to any unexpected shutdown operation where the server cannot do its normal cleanup. For example, a crash could happen due to a hardware fault on the database server machine or storage device; a power failure; a potential data mismatch that causes the MySQL server to halt; a fast shutdown initiated by the DBA; or many other reasons. The robust, automatic crash recovery for InnoDB tables ensures that data is made consistent when the server is restarted, without any extra work for the DBA.
The cleanup activities that occur when MySQL is started again after a crash. For InnoDB tables, changes from incomplete transactions are replayed using data from the redo log. Changes that were committed before the crash, but not yet written into the data files, are reconstructed from the doublewrite buffer. When the database is shut down normally, this type of activity is performed during shutdown by the purge operation.
During normal operation, committed data can be stored in the change buffer for a period of time before being written to the data files. There is always a tradeoff between keeping the data files up-to-date, which introduces performance overhead during normal operation, and buffering the data, which can make shutdown and crash recovery take longer.
Acronym for "create, read, update, delete", a common sequence of operations in database applications. Often denotes a class of applications with relatively simple database usage (basic DDL, DML and query statements in SQL) that can be implemented quickly in any language.
An internal data structure that is used to represent
the result set of a query, or other operation that performs a
search using an SQL
WHERE clause. It works like an iterator in other
high-level languages, producing each value from the result set as requested.
Although usually SQL handles the processing of cursors for you, you might delve into the inner workings when dealing with performance-critical code.
See Also query.
Metadata that keeps track of InnoDB-related objects such as tables, indexes, and table columns. This metadata is physically located in the InnoDB system tablespace. For historical reasons, it overlaps to some degree with information stored in the .frm files.
Because the MySQL Enterprise Backup product always backs up the system tablespace, all backups include the contents of the data dictionary.
The directory under which each MySQL instance keeps the data
files for InnoDB and the directories representing individual databases. Controlled by
datadir configuration option.
The files that physically contain the InnoDB table and index data. There can be a one-to-many relationship between data files and tables, as in the case of the system tablespace, which can hold multiple InnoDB tables as well as the data dictionary. There can also be a one-to-one relationship between data files and tables, as when the file-per-table setting is enabled, causing each newly created table to be stored in a separate tablespace.
A database system or application that primarily runs large queries. The read-only or read-mostly data might be organized in denormalized form for query efficiency. Can benefit from the optimizations for read-only transactions in MySQL 5.6 and higher. Contrast with OLTP.
Within the MySQL data directory, each database is represented by a separate directory. The InnoDB system tablespace, which can hold table data from multiple databases within a MySQL instance, is kept in its data files that reside outside the individual database directories. When file-per-table mode is enabled, the .ibd files representing individual InnoDB tables are stored inside the database directories.
For long-time MySQL users, a database is a familiar notion. Users coming from an Oracle Database background will find that the MySQL meaning of a database is closer to what Oracle Database calls a schema.
Data definition language, a set of SQL statements for manipulating the database itself rather than
individual table rows. Includes all forms of the
DROP statements. Also includes
TRUNCATE statement, because it works differently than a
statement, even though the ultimate effect is similar.
DDL statements automatically commit the current transaction; they cannot be rolled back.
Contrast with DML and DCL.
A situation where different transactions are unable to proceed, because each holds a lock that the other needs. Because both transactions are waiting for a resource to become available, neither will ever release the locks it holds.
A deadlock can occur when the transactions lock rows in multiple tables (through statements such as
SELECT ... FOR UPDATE), but in
the opposite order. A deadlock can also occur when such statements lock ranges of index records and
gaps, with each transaction acquiring some locks but not
others due to a timing issue.
To reduce the possibility of deadlocks, use transactions rather than
TABLE statements; keep transactions that insert or update data small enough that they do not
stay open for long periods of time; when different transactions update multiple tables or large
ranges of rows, use the same order of operations (such as
SELECT ... FOR
UPDATE) in each transaction; create indexes on the columns used in
... FOR UPDATE and
UPDATE ... WHERE statements. The
possibility of deadlocks is not affected by the isolation level,
because the isolation level changes the behavior of read operations, while deadlocks occur because
of write operations.
If a deadlock does occur, InnoDB detects the condition and rolls
back one of the transactions (the victim).
Thus, even if your application logic is perfectly correct, you must still handle the case where a
transaction must be retried. To see the last deadlock in an InnoDB user transaction, use the command
SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS. If frequent deadlocks highlight a problem
with transaction structure or application error handling, run with the
innodb_print_all_deadlocks setting enabled to print information
about all deadlocks to the
mysqld error log.
For background information on how deadlocks are automatically detected and handled, see Section 126.96.36.199, "Deadlock Detection and Rollback". For tips on avoiding and recovering from deadlock conditions, see Section 188.8.131.52, "How to Cope with Deadlocks".
When InnoDB processes a
DELETE statement, the rows are immediately marked for deletion and no longer
are returned by queries. The storage is reclaimed sometime later, during the periodic garbage collection
known as the purge operation, performed by a separate thread.
For removing large quantities of data, related operations with their own performance characteristics are
truncate and drop.
The technique of storing index changes due to
DELETE operations in the insert
buffer rather than writing them immediately, so that the physical writes can be
performed to minimize random I/O. (Because delete operations are a two-step process, this operation
buffers the write that normally marks an index record for deletion.) It is one of the types of change buffering; the others are insert buffering and purge
A data storage strategy that duplicates data across different tables, rather than linking the tables with foreign keys and join queries. Typically used in data warehouse applications, where the data is not updated after loading. In such applications, query performance is more important than making it simple to maintain consistent data during updates. Contrast with normalized.
A type of index available with some database systems,
where index storage is optimized to process
ORDER BY clauses. Currently, although MySQL
DESC keyword in the
CREATE TABLE statement, it does not use any special storage layout
for the resulting index.
See Also index.
A page in the InnoDB buffer pool that has been updated in memory, where the changes are not yet written (flushed) to the data files. The opposite of a clean page.
This kind of operation does not adhere to the ACID principle of database design. It is considered very risky, because the data could be rolled back, or updated further before being committed; then, the transaction doing the dirty read would be using data that was never confirmed as accurate.
Its polar opposite is consistent read, where InnoDB goes to great lengths to ensure that a transaction does not read information updated by another transaction, even if the other transaction commits in the meantime.
A kind of database that primarily organizes data on disk storage (hard drives or equivalent). Data is brought back and forth between disk and memory to be operated upon. It is the opposite of an in-memory database. Although InnoDB is disk-based, it also contains features such as the buffer pool, multiple buffer pool instances, and the adaptive hash index that allow certain kinds of workloads to work primarily from memory.
Data manipulation language, a set of SQL statements for performing insert, update, and delete
SELECT statement is sometimes considered as a DML statement, because
SELECT ... FOR UPDATE form is subject to the same considerations for
DML statements for an InnoDB table operate in the context of a transaction, so their effects can be committed or rolled back as a single unit.
Contrast with DDL and DCL.
In the InnoDB full-text
search feature, a special column in the table containing the FULLTEXT
index, to uniquely identify the document associated with each ilist value. Its name is
FTS_DOC_ID (uppercase required). The column itself must be of
BIGINT UNSIGNED NOT NULL type, with a unique index named
FTS_DOC_ID_INDEX. Preferably, you define this column when creating the table.
If InnoDB must add the column to the table while creating a
the indexing operation is considerably more expensive.
InnoDB uses a novel file flush technique called doublewrite. Before writing pages to the data files, InnoDB first writes them to a contiguous area called the doublewrite buffer. Only after the write and the flush to the doublewrite buffer have completed, does InnoDB write the pages to their proper positions in the data file. If the operating system crashes in the middle of a page write, InnoDB can later find a good copy of the page from the doublewrite buffer during crash recovery.
Although data is always written twice, the doublewrite buffer does not require twice as much I/O
overhead or twice as many I/O operations. Data is written to the buffer itself as a large sequential
chunk, with a single
fsync() call to the operating system.
To turn off the doublewrite buffer, specify the option
A kind of DDL operation that removes a schema object, through a statement
DROP TABLE or
DROP INDEX. It maps internally to an
ALTER TABLE statement. From an InnoDB perspective, the performance
considerations of such operations involve the time that the data
dictionary is locked to ensure that interrelated objects are all updated, and the
time to update memory structures such as the buffer pool. For
a table, the drop operation has somewhat different
characteristics than a truncate operation (
TRUNCATE TABLE statement).
A row format introduced in the InnoDB Plugin, available
as part of the Barracuda file
BLOB fields are stored outside of the rest of the page that holds the row
data, it is very efficient for rows that include large objects. Since the large fields are typically not
accessed to evaluate query conditions, they are not brought into the buffer
pool as often, resulting in fewer I/O operations and better utilization of cache
A stage similar to beta, when a software product is typically evaluated for performance, functionality, and compatibility in a non-mission-critical setting. InnoDB uses the early adopter designation rather than beta, through a succession of point releases leading up to a GA release.
A type of log showing information about MySQL startup and critical runtime errors and crash information. For details, see Section 5.2.2, "The Error Log".
The process of removing an item from a cache or other temporary storage area, such as the InnoDB buffer pool. Often, but not always, uses the LRU algorithm to determine which item to remove. When a dirty page is evicted, its contents are flushed to disk, and any dirty neighbor pages might be flushed also.
A kind of lock that prevents any other transaction from locking the same row. Depending on the transaction isolation level, this kind of lock might block other transactions from writing to the same row, or might also block other transactions from reading the same row. The default InnoDB isolation level, REPEATABLE READ, enables higher concurrency by allowing transactions to read rows that have exclusive locks, a technique known as consistent read.
A group of pages within a tablespace totaling 1 megabyte. With the default page size of 16KB, an extent contains 64 pages. In MySQL 5.6, the page size can also be 4KB or 8KB, in which case an extent contains more pages, still adding up to 1MB.
InnoDB features such as segments, read-ahead requests and the doublewrite buffer use I/O operations that read, write, allocate, or free data one extent at a time.
A capability first introduced in the InnoDB Plugin, now part of the MySQL server in 5.5 and higher, that speeds up creation of InnoDB secondary indexes by avoiding the need to completely rewrite the associated table. The speedup applies to dropping secondary indexes also.
Because index maintenance can add performance overhead to many data transfer operations, consider
doing operations such as
ALTER TABLE ... ENGINE=INNODB or
INSERT INTO ... SELECT * FROM ... without any secondary indexes in
place, and creating the indexes afterward.
In MySQL 5.6, this feature becomes more general: you can read and write to tables while an index is
being created, and many more kinds of
TABLE operations can be performed without copying the table, without blocking DML operations, or both. Thus in MySQL 5.6 and higher,
we typically refer to this set of features as online DDL
rather than Fast Index Creation.
The default shutdown procedure for InnoDB, based on the configuration
To save time, certain flush operations are skipped. This type
of shutdown is safe during normal usage, because the flush operations are performed during the next
startup, using the same mechanism as in crash recovery. In
cases where the database is being shut down for an upgrade or downgrade, do a slow shutdown instead to ensure that all relevant changes
are applied to the data files during the shutdown.
The format used by InnoDB for each table, typically
with the file-per-table setting enabled so that each table is
stored in a separate
Currently, the file formats available in InnoDB are known as Antelope and Barracuda.
Each file format supports one or more row formats. The row
formats available for Barracuda tables, COMPRESSED and DYNAMIC, enable important new storage features for InnoDB
A general name for the setting controlled by the
option. That is a very important configuration option that affects many aspects of InnoDB file storage,
availability of features, and I/O characteristics. In MySQL 5.6.7 and higher, it is enabled by default.
Prior to MySQL 5.6.7, it is disabled by default.
For each table created while this setting is in effect, the data is stored in a separate .ibd file rather than in the ibdata
files of the system tablespace. When
table data is stored in individual files, you have more flexibility to choose nondefault file formats and row
formats, which are required for features such as data compression. The
TABLE operation is also much faster, and the reclaimed space can be used by the operating
system rather than remaining reserved for InnoDB.
The MySQL Enterprise Backup product is more flexible for tables that are in their own files. For example, tables can be excluded from a backup, but only if they are in separate files. Thus, this setting is suitable for tables that are backed up less frequently or on a different schedule.
In an InnoDB index,
the proportion of a page that is taken up by index data
before the page is split. The unused space when index data is first divided between pages allows for
rows to be updated with longer string values without requiring expensive index maintenance operations.
If the fill factor is too low, the index consumes more space than needed, causing extra I/O overhead
when reading the index. If the fill factor is too high, any update that increases the length of column
values can cause extra I/O overhead for index maintenance. See Section
184.108.40.206.4, "Physical Structure of an
InnoDB Index" for more
This row format is used by the MyISAM storage engine,
not by InnoDB. If you create an InnoDB table with the option
row_format=fixed, InnoDB translates this option to use the compact row format instead, although the
fixed value might still show up in output such as
TABLE STATUS reports.
To write changes to the database files, that had been buffered in a memory area or a temporary disk storage area. The InnoDB storage structures that are periodically flushed include the redo log, the undo log, and the buffer pool.
Flushing can happen because a memory area becomes full and the system needs to free some space,
because a commit operation means the changes from a
transaction can be finalized, or because a slow shutdown
operation means that all outstanding work should be finalized. When it is not critical to flush all
the buffered data at once,
InnoDB can use a technique called fuzzy checkpointing to flush small batches of pages to
spread out the I/O overhead.
An internal InnoDB data structure that tracks dirty pages in the buffer pool: that is, pages that have been changed and need to be written back out to disk. This data structure is updated frequently by InnoDB's internal mini-transactions, and so is protected by its own mutex to allow concurrent access to the buffer pool.
In addition to enabling fast lookup of related information, foreign keys help to enforce referential integrity, by preventing any of these pointers from becoming invalid as data is inserted, updated, and deleted. This enforcement mechanism is a type of constraint. A row that points to another table cannot be inserted if the associated foreign key value does not exist in the other table. If a row is deleted or its foreign key value changed, and rows in another table point to that foreign key value, the foreign key can be set up to prevent the deletion, cause the corresponding column values in the other table to become null, or automatically delete the corresponding rows in the other table.
One of the stages in designing a normalized database is to identify data that is duplicated, separate that data into a new table, and set up a foreign key relationship so that the multiple tables can be queried like a single table, using a join operation.
The type of constraint that maintains database consistency through a foreign key relationship. Like other kinds of constraints, it
can prevent data from being inserted or updated if data would become inconsistent; in this case, the
inconsistency being prevented is between data in multiple tables. Alternatively, when a DML operation is performed,
KEY constraints can cause data in child rows to be
deleted, changed to different values, or set to null, based
ON CASCADE option specified when creating the foreign key.
Although each InnoDB table has a
.frm file, InnoDB maintains its own
table metadata (the data dictionary) in the system tablespace; the
.frm files are not needed for InnoDB to operate on InnoDB tables.
Problems can occur if a crash happens while the
.frm file is being written, leading to inconsistencies between the
.frm file and the data dictionary,
For backups, you must always keep the full set of
.frm files along with
the backup data, to be able to restore tables that are altered or dropped after the backup. Files
with this extension are always included in backups produced by the mysqlbackup
command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product. If you
use the ibbackup command instead, you must copy the
.frm files yourself.
These files are backed up by the MySQL Enterprise Backup
product. These files must not be modified by an
ALTER TABLE operation
while the backup is taking place, which is why backups that include non-InnoDB tables perform a
FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK operation to freeze such activity while
backing up the
.frm files. Restoring a backup can result in
.frm files being created, changed, or removed to match the state of
the database at the time of the backup.
An operation that requires reading the entire contents of a table, rather than just selected portions using an index. Typically performed either with small lookup tables, or in data warehousing situations with large tables where all available data is aggregated and analyzed. How frequently these operations occur, and the sizes of the tables relative to available memory, have implications for the algorithms used in query optimization and managing the buffer pool.
The purpose of indexes is to allow lookups for specific values or ranges of values within a large table, thus avoiding full table scans when practical.
The MySQL feature for finding words, phrases, Boolean
combinations of words, and so on within table data, in a faster, more convenient, and more flexible way
than using the SQL
LIKE operator or writing your own application-level
search algorithm. It uses the SQL function
MATCH() and FULLTEXT
See Also FULLTEXT index.
The special kind of index that holds the search
index in the MySQL full-text search
mechanism. Represents the words from values of a column, omitting any that are specified as stopwords. Originally, only available for
MyISAM tables. Starting in MySQL 5.6.4, it is also available for InnoDB tables.
A place in an InnoDB index data structure where new values could be inserted. When
you lock a set of rows with a statement such as
SELECT ... FOR UPDATE,
InnoDB can create locks that apply to the gaps as well as the actual values in the index. For example,
if you select all values greater than 10 for update, a gap lock prevents another transaction from
inserting a new value that is greater than 10. The supremum
record and infimum record represent the
gaps containing all values greater than or less than all the current index values.
A lock on a
gap between index records, or a lock on the gap before the
first or after the last index record. For example,
SELECT c1 FOR UPDATE FROM t
WHERE c1 BETWEEN 10 and 20; prevents other transactions from inserting a value of 15 into the
t.c1, whether or not there was already any such value in the column,
because the gaps between all existing values in the range are locked. Contrast with record lock and next-key
Gap locks are part of the tradeoff between performance and concurrency, and are used in some transaction isolation levels and not others.
See general query log.
A type of log used for diagnosis and troubleshooting of SQL statements
processed by the MySQL server. Can be stored in a file or in a database table. You must enable this
feature through the
general_log configuration option to use it. You can disable it for a
specific connection through the
sql_log_off configuration option.
Records a broader range of queries than the slow query
log. Unlike the binary log, which is used
for replication, the general query log contains
SELECT statements and does not maintain strict ordering. For more
information, see Section 5.2.3, "The General Query Log".
A type of transaction involved in XA operations. It consists of several actions that are transactional in themselves, but that all must either complete successfully as a group, or all be rolled back as a group. In essence, this extends ACID properties "up a level" so that multiple ACID transactions can be executed in concert as components of a global operation that also has ACID properties. For this type of distributed transaction, you must use the SERIALIZABLE isolation level to achieve ACID properties.
When the binlog is enabled, you typically also set the configuration option
because group commit for the binary log is only supported if it is set to 0.
A type of index intended for queries that use equality operators, rather
than range operators such as greater-than or
BETWEEN. It is available for
MEMORY tables. Although hash indexes are the default for MEMORY tables for historic reasons, that
storage engine also supports B-tree indexes, which are often
a better choice for general-purpose queries.
MySQL includes a variant of this index type, the adaptive hash index, that is constructed automatically for InnoDB tables if needed based on runtime conditions.
Acronym for "hard disk drive". Refers to storage media using spinning platters, usually when comparing and contrasting with SSD. Its performance characteristics can influence the throughput of a disk-based workload.
A periodic message that is sent to indicate that a system is functioning properly. In a replication context, if the master stops sending such messages, one of the slaves can take its place. Similar techniques can be used between the servers in a cluster environment, to confirm that all of them are operating properly.
See Also replication.
See Also low-water mark.
A list of transactions with delete-marked records scheduled to be
processed by the
operation. Recorded in the undo log. The length of the
history list is reported by the command
SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS. If the
history list grows longer than the value of the
innodb_max_purge_lag configuration option, each DML operation is delayed slightly to allow the purge
operation to finish flushing the deleted records.
Also known as purge lag.
Although "hot" typically indicates an undesirable condition, a hot backup is the preferred type of backup.
See Also hot backup.
A backup taken while the database and is running and applications are reading and writing to it. The backup involves more than simply copying data files: it must include any data that was inserted or updated while the backup was in process; it must exclude any data that was deleted while the backup was in process; and it must ignore any changes that were not committed.
The Oracle product that performs hot backups, of InnoDB tables especially but also tables from MyISAM and other storage engines, is known as MySQL Enterprise Backup.
The hot backup process consists of two stages. The initial copying of the data files produces a raw backup. The apply step incorporates any changes to the database that happened while the backup was running. Applying the changes produces a prepared backup; these files are ready to be restored whenever necessary.
The set of files managed by InnoDB within a MySQL database: the system tablespace, any file-per-table tablespaces, and the (typically 2) redo log files. Used sometimes in detailed discussions of InnoDB file structures and formats, to avoid ambiguity between the meanings of database between different DBMS products, and the non-InnoDB files that may be part of a MySQL database.
A set of files, typically named
ib_logfile1, that form the redo log.
Also sometimes referred to as the log group. These files
record statements that attempt to change data in InnoDB tables. These statements are replayed
automatically to correct data written by incomplete transactions, on startup following a crash.
This data cannot be used for manual recovery; for that type of operation, use the binary log.
The fundamental command-line tool of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product. It performs a hot backup operation for InnoDB tables. You use this command directly if all your data is in InnoDB tables, if all the important data that you need to back up is in InnoDB tables, or if you are running on the Windows platform. If you also need to back up tables from MyISAM or other storage engines, you use the mysqlbackup command instead (available on UNIX and Linux systems only).
A supplemental backup file created by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product during a hot backup operation. It contains information about any data
changes that occurred while the backup was running. The initial backup files, including
ibbackup_logfile, are known as a raw
backup, because the changes that occurred during the backup operation are not yet
incorporated. After you perform the apply step to the raw
backup files, the resulting files do include those final data changes, and are known as a prepared backup. At this stage, the
file is no longer necessary.
Each InnoDB table created using the file-per-table
mode goes into its own tablespace file, with a
.ibd extension, inside the database directory. This file contains the table data and
any indexes for the table. File-per-table mode, controlled by
the innodb_file_per_table option, affects many aspects of
InnoDB storage usage and performance, and is enabled by default in MySQL 5.6.7 and higher.
This extension does not apply to the system tablespace, which consists of the ibdata files.
.ibd file is included in a compressed backup by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, the compressed equivalent
If a table is create with the
DATA DIRECTORY = clause in MySQL 5.6 and
.ibd file is located outside the normal database directory,
and is pointed to by a .isl file.
A set of files with names such as
ibdata2, and so on, that make up the
InnoDB system tablespace. These files contain metadata about
InnoDB tables, (the data dictionary), and the storage areas
for the undo log, the change
buffer, and the doublewrite buffer. They
also can contain some or all of the table data also (depending on whether the file-per-table mode is in effect when each table is
created). When the innodb_file_per_table option is enabled,
data and indexes for newly created tables are stored in separate .ibd
files rather than in the system tablespace.
The growth of the
ibdata files is influenced by the
innodb_autoextend_increment configuration option.
The InnoDB temporary tablespace data file for
InnoDB temporary tables and related objects. The
configuration file option,
innodb_temp_data_file_path, allows users to define a relative path
for the temporary data file. If
innodb_temp_data_file_path is not specified, the default behavior is
to create a single auto- extending 12MB data file named
ibtmp1 in the data
See Also temporary tablespace.
The compression applied during backup is distinct from the compressed row format that keeps table data compressed during normal operation. A compressed backup operation skips the compression step for a tablespace that is already in compressed row format, as compressing a second time would slow down the backup but produce little or no space savings.
See Also FULLTEXT index.
See Also row lock.
A type of database system that maintains data in memory, to avoid overhead due to disk I/O and translation between disk blocks and memory areas. Some in-memory databases sacrifice durability (the "D" in the ACID design philosophy) and are vulnerable to hardware, power, and other types of failures, making them more suitable for read-only operations. Other in-memory databases do use durability mechanisms such as logging changes to disk or using non-volatile memory.
MySQL features that are address the same kinds of memory-intensive processing include the InnoDB buffer pool, adaptive hash index, and read-only transaction optimization, the MEMORY storage engine, the MyISAM key cache, and the MySQL query cache.
A type of hot backup, performed by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, that only saves data changed since some point in time. Having a full backup and a succession of incremental backups lets you reconstruct backup data over a long period, without the storage overhead of keeping several full backups on hand. You can restore the full backup and then apply each of the incremental backups in succession, or you can keep the full backup up-to-date by applying each incremental backup to it, then perform a single restore operation.
The granularity of changed data is at the page level. A page might actually cover more than one row. Each changed page is included in the backup.
InnoDB tables always have a clustered index representing the primary key. They can also have one or more secondary indexes defined on one or more columns. Depending on their structure, secondary indexes can be classified as partial, column, or composite indexes.
Indexes are a crucial aspect of query performance. Database architects design tables, queries, and indexes to allow fast lookups for data needed by applications. The ideal database design uses a covering index where practical; the query results are computed entirely from the index, without reading the actual table data. Each foreign key constraint also requires an index, to efficiently check whether values exist in both the parent and child tables.
Although a B-tree index is the most common, a different kind of data structure is used for hash indexes, as in the
storage engine and the InnoDB adaptive hash index.
See Also adaptive hash index, B-tree, child table, clustered index, column index, composite index, covering index, foreign key, hash index, parent table, partial index, primary key, query, row, secondary index, table.
A memory area that holds the token data for InnoDB
full-text search. It buffers the data to minimize disk I/O
when data is inserted or updated in columns that are part of a FULLTEXT
index. The token data is written to disk when the index cache becomes full. Each
FULLTEXT index has its own separate index cache, whose size is
controlled by the configuration option
Extended SQL syntax for overriding the indexes recommended by the optimizer. For example, the
USE INDEX, and
IGNORE INDEX clauses. Typically used when indexed columns have unevenly
distributed values, resulting in inaccurate cardinality
In an index that applies to multiple columns (known as a composite index), the initial or leading columns of the index. A query that references the first 1, 2, 3, and so on columns of a composite index can use the index, even if the query does not reference all the columns in the index.
A pseudo-record in an index, representing the gap
below the smallest value in that index. If a transaction has a statement such as
... FOR UPDATE ... WHERE col < 10;, and the smallest value in the column is 5, it is a
lock on the infimum record that prevents other transactions from inserting even smaller values such as
0, -10, and so on.
The name of the database that provides a query interface to the MySQL data dictionary. (This name is defined by the ANSI SQL
standard.) To examine information (metadata) about the database, you can query tables such as
rather than using
SHOW commands that produce unstructured output.
The information schema contains some tables that are specific to InnoDB, such as
INNODB_TRX. You use these tables not to see how the database is
structured, but to get real-time information about the workings of InnoDB tables to help with
performance monitoring, tuning, and troubleshooting. In particular, these tables provide information
about MySQL features related to compression, and transactions and their associated locks.
A MySQL component that combines high performance with
transactional capability for reliability, robustness, and
concurrent access. It embodies the ACID design philosophy.
Represented as a storage engine; it handles tables created or
altered with the
ENGINE=INNODB clause. See Section
InnoDB Storage Engine" for architectural details and
administration procedures, and Section 8.5, "Optimizing for
InnoDB Tables" for performance advice.
In MySQL 5.5 and higher, InnoDB is the default storage engine for new tables and the
ENGINE=INNODB clause is not required. In MySQL 5.1 only, many of the
advanced InnoDB features require enabling the component known as the InnoDB Plugin. See Section 220.127.116.11, "
InnoDB as the Default MySQL Storage Engine" for the
considerations involved in transitioning to recent releases where InnoDB tables are the default.
InnoDB tables are ideally suited for hot backups. See Section 23.2, "MySQL Enterprise Backup" for information about the MySQL Enterprise Backup product for backing up MySQL servers without interrupting normal processing.
See Also MySQL Enterprise Backup.
innodb_autoinc_lock_mode option controls the algorithm used for auto-increment locking. When you have an auto-incrementing
primary key, you can use statement-based replication only
with the setting
innodb_autoinc_lock_mode=1. This setting is known as consecutive lock mode, because multi-row inserts within a
transaction receive consecutive auto-increment values. If you have
which allows higher concurrency for insert operations, use row-based replication rather than
statement-based replication. This setting is known as interleaved lock mode, because multiple multi-row insert
statements running at the same time can receive autoincrement values that are interleaved. The setting
innodb_autoinc_lock_mode=0 is the previous (traditional) default setting
and should not be used except for compatibility purposes.
innodb_file_format option determines the file
format for all InnoDB tablespaces created
after you specify a value for this option. To create tablespaces other than the system tablespace, you must also use the file-per-table option. Currently, you can specify the Antelope and Barracuda
A very important configuration option that affects many
aspects of InnoDB file storage, availability of features, and I/O characteristics. In MySQL 5.6.7 and
higher, it is enabled by default. Prior to MySQL 5.6.7, it is disabled by default. The
innodb_file_per_table option turns on file-per-table
mode, which stores each newly created InnoDB table and its associated index in its own .ibd file, outside the system
This option is needed to take full advantage of many other InnoDB features, such as such as table compression, or backups of named tables in MySQL Enterprise Backup.
This option was once static, but can now be set using the
SET GLOBAL command.
innodb_lock_wait_timeout option sets the balance between waiting for shared resources to become available, or giving up
and handling the error, retrying, or doing alternative processing in your application. Rolls back any
InnoDB transaction that waits more than a specified time to acquire a lock. Especially useful if deadlocks
are caused by updates to multiple tables controlled by different storage engines; such deadlocks are not
innodb_strict_mode option controls whether InnoDB operates in strict mode, where conditions that are normally treated as
warnings, cause errors instead (and the underlying statements fail).
This mode is the default setting in MySQL 5.5.5 and higher.
See Also strict mode.
One of the primary DML operations in SQL. The performance of inserts is a key factor in data warehouse systems that load millions of rows into tables, and OLTP systems where many concurrent connections might insert rows into the same table, in arbitrary order. If insert performance is important to you, you should learn about InnoDB features such as the insert buffer used in change buffering, and auto-increment columns.
The technique of storing secondary index changes due to
INSERT operations in the insert buffer
rather than writing them immediately, so that the physical writes can be performed to minimize random
I/O. It is one of the types of change buffering; the others
are delete buffering and purge
Insert buffering is not used if the secondary index is unique, because the uniqueness of new values cannot be verified before the new entries are written out. Other kinds of change buffering do work for unique indexes.
A single mysqld daemon managing a data directory representing one or more databases with a set of tables. It is common in development, testing, and some replication scenarios to have multiple instances on the same server machine, each managing its own data directory and listening on its own port or socket. With one instance running a disk-bound workload, the server might still have extra CPU and memory capacity to run additional instances.
Modifications at the source code level to collect
performance data for tuning and debugging. In MySQL, data collected by instrumentation is exposed
through a SQL interface using the
See intention lock.
A kind of lock that applies to the table level, used to indicate what
kind of lock the transaction intends to acquire on rows in the table. Different transactions can acquire
different kinds of intention locks on the same table, but the first transaction to acquire an intention exclusive (IX) lock on a table prevents other
transactions from acquiring any S or X locks on the table. Conversely, the first transaction to acquire
an intention shared (IS) lock on a table prevents other
transactions from acquiring any X locks on the table. The two-phase process allows the lock requests to
be resolved in order, without blocking locks and corresponding operations that are compatible. For more
details on this locking mechanism, see Section 18.104.22.168, "
InnoDB Lock Modes".
See intention lock.
A data structure optimized for document retrieval systems, used in the implementation of InnoDB full-text search. The InnoDB FULLTEXT index, implemented as an inverted index, records the position of each word within a document, rather than the location of a table row. A single column value (a document stored as a text string) is represented by many entries in the inverted index.
Acronym for I/O operations per second. A common measurement for busy systems, particularly OLTP applications. If this value is near the maximum that the storage devices can handle, the application can become disk-bound, limiting scalability.
A file that specifies the location of a .ibd file for an InnoDB table created with the
DATA DIRECTORY = clause in MySQL 5.6 and higher. It functions like a symbolic
link, without the platform restrictions of the actual symbolic link mechanism. You can store InnoDB
tablespaces outside the database directory, for example, on an especially large or
fast storage device depending on the usage of the table. For details, see Section
22.214.171.124, "Specifying the Location of a Tablespace".
One of the foundations of database processing. Isolation is the I in the acronym ACID; the isolation level is the setting that fine-tunes the balance between performance and reliability, consistency, and reproducibility of results when multiple transactions are making changes and performing queries at the same time.
From highest amount of consistency and protection to the least, the isolation levels supported by InnoDB are: SERIALIZABLE, REPEATABLE READ, READ COMMITTED, and READ UNCOMMITTED.
With InnoDB tables, many users can keep the default isolation level (REPEATABLE READ) for all operations. Expert users might choose the read committed level as they push the boundaries of scalability with OLTP processing, or during data warehousing operations where minor inconsistencies do not affect the aggregate results of large amounts of data. The levels on the edges (SERIALIZABLE and READ UNCOMMITTED) change the processing behavior to such an extent that they are rarely used.
A query that retrieves data from more than one table, by referencing columns in the tables that hold identical values. Ideally, these columns are part of an InnoDB foreign key relationship, which ensures referential integrity and that the join columns are indexed. Often used to save space and improve query performance by replacing repeated strings with numeric IDs, in a normalized data design.
An option to specify the size of data pages within an InnoDB table that uses compressed row format. The default is 8 kilobytes. Lower values risk hitting internal limits that depend on the combination of row size and compression percentage.
See Also compressed row format.
A lightweight structure used by InnoDB to implement a lock for its own internal memory structures, typically held for a brief time measured in milliseconds or microseconds. A general term that includes both mutexes (for exclusive access) and rw-locks (for shared access). Certain latches are the focus of InnoDB performance tuning, such as the data dictionary mutex. Statistics about latch use and contention are available through the Performance Schema interface.
The InnoDB buffer pool is represented as a list of memory pages. The list is reordered as new pages are accessed and enter the buffer pool, as pages within the buffer pool are accessed again and are considered newer, and as pages that are not accessed for a long time are evicted from the buffer pool. The buffer pool is actually divided into sublists, and the replacement policy is a variation of the familiar LRU technique.
The high-level notion of an object that controls access to a resource, such as a table, row, or internal data structure, as part of a locking strategy. For intensive performance tuning, you might delve into the actual structures that implement locks, such as mutexes and latches.
An operation used in some database systems that converts many row locks into a single table lock, saving memory space but reducing concurrent access to the table. InnoDB uses a space-efficient representation for row locks, so that lock escalation is not needed.
An exclusive (X) lock allows a transaction to update or delete a row. No other transaction can acquire any kind of lock on that same row at the same time.
Intention locks apply to the table level, and are used to indicate what kind of lock the transaction intends to acquire on rows in the table. Different transactions can acquire different kinds of intention locks on the same table, but the first transaction to acquire an intention exclusive (IX) lock on a table prevents other transactions from acquiring any S or X locks on the table. Conversely, the first transaction to acquire an intention shared (IS) lock on a table prevents other transactions from acquiring any X locks on the table. The two-phase process allows the lock requests to be resolved in order, without blocking locks and corresponding operations that are compatible.
The system of protecting a transaction from seeing or changing data that is being queried or changed by other transactions. The locking strategy must balance reliability and consistency of database operations (the principles of the ACID philosophy) against the performance needed for good concurrency. Fine-tuning the locking strategy often involves choosing an isolation level and ensuring all your database operations are safe and reliable for that isolation level.
SELECT statement that also performs a locking operation on an
SELECT ... FOR UPDATE or
SELECT ... LOCK IN
SHARE MODE. It has the potential to produce a deadlock, depending on the isolation
level of the transaction. The opposite of a non-locking
read. Not allowed for global tables in a read-only
In the InnoDB context, "log" or "log files" typically refers to the redo log represented by the ib_logfile* files. Another log area, which is physically part of the system tablespace, is the undo log.
Other kinds of logs that are important in MySQL are the error log (for diagnosing startup and runtime problems), binary log (for working with replication and performing point-in-time restores), the general query log (for diagnosing application problems), and the slow query log (for diagnosing performance problems).
The memory area that holds data to be written to the
log files that make up the redo
log. It is controlled by the
innodb_log_buffer_size configuration option.
A type of operation that involves high-level, abstract aspects such as tables, queries, indexes, and other SQL concepts. Typically, logical aspects are important to make database administration and application development convenient and usable. Contrast with physical.
that reproduces table structure and data, without copying the actual data files. For example, the
mysqldump command produces a
logical backup, because its output contains statements such as
INSERT that can re-create the data. Contrast with physical backup. A logical backup offers flexibility (for
example, you could edit table definitions or insert statements before restoring), but can take
substantially longer to restore than a physical backup.
In MySQL 5.1, a prefix added to InnoDB configuration options when installing the InnoDB Plugin after server startup, so any new configuration options not recognized by the current level of MySQL do not cause a startup failure. MySQL processes configuration options that start with this prefix, but gives a warning rather than a failure if the part after the prefix is not a recognized option.
See Also plugin.
See Also high-water mark.
An acronym for "least recently used", a common method
for managing storage areas. The items that have not been used recently are evicted
when space is needed to cache newer items. InnoDB uses the LRU mechanism by default to manage the pages within the buffer
pool, but makes exceptions in cases where a page might be read only a single time,
such as during a full table scan. This variation of the LRU
algorithm is called the midpoint insertion strategy. The ways
in which the buffer pool management differs from the traditional LRU algorithm is fine-tuned by the
and the new MySQL 5.6 options
Acronym for "log sequence number". This arbitrary, ever-increasing value represents a point in time corresponding to operations recorded in the redo log. (This point in time is regardless of transaction boundaries; it can fall in the middle of one or more transactions.) It is used internally by InnoDB during crash recovery and for managing the buffer pool.
In the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, you can specify
an LSN to represent the point in time from which to take an incremental
backup. The relevant LSN is displayed by the output of the
ibbackup command. Once you have the LSN corresponding to the time of
a full backup, you can specify that value to take a subsequent incremental backup, whose output
contains another LSN for the next incremental backup.
Frequently shortened to "master". A database server machine in a replication scenario that processes the initial insert, update, and delete requests for data. These changes are propagated to, and repeated on, other servers known as slave servers.
To improve concurrency, sometimes actions are moved from the master thread to separate background threads. For example, in MySQL 5.6 and higher, dirty pages are flushed from the buffer pool by the page cleaner thread rather than the master thread.
See Also metadata lock.
A popular component of many MySQL and NoSQL software stacks, allowing fast reads and writes for single values and caching the results entirely in memory. Traditionally, applications required extra logic to write the same data to a MySQL database for permanent storage, or to read data from a MySQL database when it was not cached yet in memory. Now, applications can use the simple memcached protocol, supported by client libraries for many languages, to communicate directly with MySQL servers using InnoDB or MySQL Cluster tables. These NoSQL interfaces to MySQL tables allow applications to achieve higher read and write performance than by issuing SQL commands directly, and can simplify application logic and deployment configurations for systems that already incorporated memcached for in-memory caching.
The memcached interface to InnoDB tables is available
in MySQL 5.6 and higher; see Section 14.2.9,
"InnoDB Integration with memcached" for details. The memcached interface to MySQL Cluster tables is
available in MySQL Cluster 7.2; see
To apply changes to data cached in memory, such as when a page is brought into the buffer pool, and any applicable changes recorded in the change buffer are incorporated into the page in the buffer pool. The updated data is eventually written to the tablespace by the flush mechanism.
A type of lock that prevents DDL operations on a table that is being used at the same time by another transaction. For details, see Section 8.10.4, "Metadata Locking".
Enhancements to online operations, particularly in MySQL
5.6 and higher, are focused on reducing the amount of metadata locking. The objective is for DDL
operations that do not change the table structure (such as
CREATE INDEX and
DROP INDEX for
InnoDB tables) to
proceed while the table is being queried, updated, and so on by other transactions.
A feature implemented by the
innodb_metrics table in the information_schema, in MySQL 5.6 and higher. You can query
counts and totals for low-level InnoDB operations, and use
the results for performance tuning in combination with data from the performance_schema.
The technique of initially bringing pages
into the InnoDB buffer pool not at the "newest" end of the
list, but instead somewhere in the middle. The exact location of this point can vary, based on the
setting of the
innodb_old_blocks_pct option. The intent is that blocks that are only
read once, such as during a full table scan, can be aged out
of the buffer pool sooner than with a strict LRU algorithm.
An internal phase of InnoDB processing, when making changes at the physical level to internal data structures during DML operations. A mini-transaction has no notion of rollback; multiple mini-transactions can occur within a single transaction. Mini-transactions write information to the redo log that is used during crash recovery. A mini-transaction can also happen outside the context of a regular transaction, for example during purge processing by background threads.
INSERT statement where auto-increment
values are specified for some but not all of the new rows. For example, a multi-value
INSERT could specify a value for the auto-increment column in some cases
NULL in other cases.
auto-increment values for the rows where the column value was specified as
NULL. Another example is an
INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE statement, where auto-increment
values might be generated but not used, for any duplicate rows that are processed as
UPDATE rather than
Can cause consistency issues between master and slave servers in a replication configuration. Can require adjusting the value of the innodb_autoinc_lock_mode configuration option.
A file containing references to other tables, used by
MERGE storage engine. Files with this extension are always included in
backups produced by the
mysqlbackup command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product.
Informal abbreviation for "mutex variable". (Mutex itself is short for "mutual exclusion".) The low-level object that InnoDB uses to represent and enforce exclusive-access locks to internal in-memory data structures. Once the lock is acquired, any other process, thread, and so on is prevented from acquiring the same lock. Contrast with rw-locks, which allow shared access. Mutexes and rw-locks are known collectively as latches.
Acronym for "multiversion concurrency control". This technique lets InnoDB transactions with certain isolation levels to perform consistent read operations; that is, to query rows that are being updated by other transactions, and see the values from before those updates occurred. This is a powerful technique to increase concurrency, by allowing queries to proceed without waiting due to locks held by the other transactions.
This technique is not universal in the database world. Some other database products, and some other MySQL storage engines, do not support it.
A licensed product, superceding InnoDB Hot Backup, that performs hot backups of MySQL databases. It offers the most efficiency and flexibility when backing up InnoDB tables, but can also back up MyISAM and other kinds of tables.
A command-line tool of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product. It performs a hot backup operation for InnoDB tables, and a warm backup for MyISAM and other kinds of tables. See Section 23.2, "MySQL Enterprise Backup" for more information about this command.
See Also mysql.
A command that performs a logical backup of some combination of databases, tables, and table data. The results are SQL statements that reproduce the original schema objects, data, or both. For substantial amounts of data, a physical backup solution such as MySQL Enterprise Backup is faster, particularly for the restore operation.
If the value should ever change, there is potentially a lot of index maintenance to re-sort the clustered index and update the copies of the primary key value that are repeated in each secondary index.
Even seemingly stable values can change in unpredictable ways that are difficult to represent correctly in the database. For example, one country can change into two or several, making the original country code obsolete. Or, rules about unique values might have exceptions. For example, even if taxpayer IDs are intended to be unique to a single person, a database might have to handle records that violate that rule, such as in cases of identity theft. Taxpayer IDs and other sensitive ID numbers also make poor primary keys, because they may need to be secured, encrypted, and otherwise treated differently than other columns.
Thus, it is typically better to use arbitrary numeric values to form a synthetic key, for example using an auto-increment column.
Any page in
the same extent as a particular page. When a page is selected
to be flushed, any neighbor pages that are dirty are typically flushed as well, as an I/O optimization
for traditional hard disks. In MySQL 5.6 and up, this behavior can be controlled by the configuration
innodb_flush_neighbors; you might turn that setting off for SSD
drives, which do not have the same overhead for writing smaller batches of data at random locations.
A combination of a record lock on the index record and a gap lock on the gap before the index record.
See Also asynchronous I/O.
A query that
does not use the
SELECT ... FOR UPDATE or
LOCK IN SHARE MODE clauses. The only kind of query allowed for global tables in a read-only transaction. The opposite of a locking read.
The situation when a query retrieves data, and a later query within the same transaction retrieves what should be the same data, but the queries return different results (changed by another transaction committing in the meantime).
This kind of operation goes against the ACID principle of database design. Within a transaction, data should be consistent, with predictable and stable relationships.
Among different isolation levels, non-repeatable reads are prevented by the serializable read and repeatable read levels, and allowed by the consistent read, and read uncommitted levels.
A database design strategy where data is split into multiple tables, and duplicate values condensed into single rows represented by an ID, to avoid storing, querying, and updating redundant or lengthy values. It is typically used in OLTP applications.
For example, an address might be given a unique ID, so that a census database could represent the relationship lives at this address by associating that ID with each member of a family, rather than storing multiple copies of a complex value such as 123 Main Street, Anytown, USA.
For another example, although a simple address book application might store each phone number in the same table as a person's name and address, a phone company database might give each phone number a special ID, and store the numbers and IDs in a separate table. This normalized representation could simplify large-scale updates when area codes split apart.
Normalization is not always recommended. Data that is primarily queried, and only updated by deleting entirely and reloading, is often kept in fewer, larger tables with redundant copies of duplicate values. This data representation is referred to as denormalized, and is frequently found in data warehousing applications.
A broad term for a set of data access technologies that
do not use the SQL language as their primary mechanism for
reading and writing data. Some NoSQL technologies act as key-value stores, only accepting single-value
reads and writes; some relax the restrictions of the ACID
methodology; still others do not require a pre-planned schema.
MySQL users can combine NoSQL-style processing for speed and simplicity with SQL operations for
flexibility and convenience, by using the memcached API to
directly access some kinds of MySQL tables. The memcached
interface to InnoDB tables is available in MySQL 5.6 and higher; see Section
14.2.9, "InnoDB Integration with memcached" for details. The memcached
interface to MySQL Cluster tables is available in MySQL Cluster 7.2; see
A type of constraint that specifies that a column cannot contain any NULL values. It helps to preserve referential integrity, as the database server can identify data with erroneous missing values. It also helps in the arithmetic involved in query optimization, allowing the optimizer to predict the number of entries in an index on that column.
A special value in SQL, indicating the absence of data. Any arithmetic operation
or equality test involving a
NULL value, in turn produces a
NULL result. (Thus it is similar to the IEEE floating-point concept of
NaN, "not a number".) Any aggregate calculation such as
AVG() ignores rows
NULL values, when determining how many rows to divide by. The only
test that works with
NULL values uses the SQL idioms
IS NOT NULL.
NULL values play a part in index operations, because for performance a
database must minimize the overhead of keeping track of missing data values. Typically,
NULL values are not stored in an index, because a query that tests an
indexed column using a standard comparison operator could never match a row with a
NULL value for that column. For the same reason, unique indexes do
NULL values; those values simply are not represented in the
index. Declaring a
NOT NULL constraint on a column provides reassurance
that there are no rows left out of the index, allowing for better query optimization (accurate
counting of rows and estimation of whether to use the index).
Because the primary key must be able to uniquely identify
every row in the table, a single-column primary key cannot contain any
NULL values, and a multi-column primary key cannot contain any rows
NULL values in all columns.
Although the Oracle database allows a
NULL value to be concatenated
with a string, InnoDB treats the result of such an operation as
A column containing variable-length data (such as
VARCHAR) that is too long to fit on a
B-tree page. The data is stored in overflow pages. The
row format in the InnoDB Barracuda file format is more
efficient for such storage than the older
COMPACT row format.
Acronym for "Online Transaction Processing". A database system, or a database application, that runs a workload with many transactions, with frequent writes as well as reads, typically affecting small amounts of data at a time. For example, an airline reservation system or an application that processes bank deposits. The data might be organized in normalized form for a balance between DML (insert/update/delete) efficiency and query efficiency. Contrast with data warehouse.
With its row-level locking and transactional capability, InnoDB is the ideal storage engine for MySQL tables used in OLTP applications.
A type of operation that involves no downtime, blocking, or restricted operation for the database. Typically applied to DDL. Operations that shorten the periods of restricted operation, such as fast index creation, have evolved into a wider set of online DDL operations in MySQL 5.6.
In the context of backups, a hot backup is an online operation and a warm backup is partially an online operation.
The details vary according to the type of operation. In some cases, the table can be modified
concurrently while the
ALTER TABLE is in progress. The operation might
be able to be performed without doing a table copy, or using a specially optimized type of table
copy. Space usage is controlled by the
innodb_online_alter_log_max_size configuration option.
This feature is an enhancement of the Fast Index Creation feature in MySQL 5.5 and the InnoDB Plugin for MySQL 5.1.
A methodology that guides low-level implementation decisions for a relational database system. The requirements of performance and concurrency in a relational database mean that operations must be started or dispatched quickly. The requirements of consistency and referential integrity mean that any operation could fail: a transaction might be rolled back, a DML operation could violate a constraint, a request for a lock could cause a deadlock, a network error could cause a timeout. An optimistic strategy is one that assumes most requests or attempts will succeed, so that relatively little work is done to prepare for the failure case. When this assumption is true, the database does little unnecessary work; when requests do fail, extra work must be done to clean up and undo changes.
InnoDB uses optimistic strategies for operations such as locking and commits. For example, data changed by a transaction can be written to the data files before the commit occurs, making the commit itself very fast, but requiring more work to undo the changes if the transaction is rolled back.
The opposite of an optimistic strategy is a pessimistic one, where a system is optimized to deal with operations that are unreliable and frequently unsuccessful. This methodology is rare in a database system, because so much care goes into choosing reliable hardware, networks, and algorithms.
For the options that apply to InnoDB tables, each option
name starts with the prefix
A unit representing how much data InnoDB transfers at any one time between disk (the data files) and memory (the buffer pool). A page can contain one or more rows, depending on how much data is in each row. If a row does not fit entirely into a single page, InnoDB sets up additional pointer-style data structures so that the information about the row can be stored in one page.
One way to fit more data in each page is to use compressed row format. For tables that use BLOBs or large text fields, compact row format allows those large columns to be stored separately from the rest of the row, reducing I/O overhead and memory usage for queries that do not reference those columns.
When InnoDB reads or writes sets of pages as a batch to increase I/O throughput, it reads or writes an extent at a time.
All the InnoDB disk data structures within a MySQL instance share the same page size.
For releases up to and including MySQL 5.5, the size of each InnoDB page is fixed at 16 kilobytes. This value represents a balance: large enough to hold the data for most rows, yet small enough to minimize the performance overhead of transferring unneeded data to memory. Other values are not tested or supported.
Starting in MySQL 5.6, the page size for an InnoDB instance can be either 4KB, 8KB, or 16KB, controlled by the
configuration option. You set the size when creating the MySQL instance, and it remains constant
afterwards. The same page size applies to all InnoDB tablespaces,
both the system tablespace and any separate tablespaces
created in file-per-table mode.
Smaller page sizes can help performance with storage devices that use small block sizes, particularly for SSD devices in disk-bound workloads, such as for OLTP applications. As individual rows are updated, less data is copied into memory, written to disk, reorganized, locked, and so on.
The table in a foreign
key relationship that holds the initial column values pointed to from the child table. The consequences of deleting, or updating rows in
the parent table depend on the
ON UPDATE and
DELETE clauses in the foreign key definition. Rows with corresponding values in the child
table could be automatically deleted or updated in turn, or those columns could be set to
NULL, or the operation could be prevented.
schema, in MySQL 5.5 and up, presents a set of tables that you can query to get detailed information
about the performance characteristics of many internal parts of the MySQL server.
A methodology that sacrifices performance or concurrency in favor of safety. It is appropriate if a high proportion of requests or attempts might fail, or if the consequences of a failed request are severe. InnoDB uses what is known as a pessimistic locking strategy, to minimize the chance of deadlocks. At the application level, you might avoid deadlocks by using a pessimistic strategy of acquiring all locks needed by a transaction at the very beginning.
Many built-in database mechanisms use the opposite optimistic methodology.
A row that appears in the result set of a query, but
not in the result set of an earlier query. For example, if a query is run twice within a transaction, and in the meantime, another transaction
commits after inserting a new row or updating a row so that it matches the
WHERE clause of the query.
This occurrence is known as a phantom read. It is harder to guard against than a non-repeatable read, because locking all the rows from the first query result set does not prevent the changes that cause the phantom to appear.
Among different isolation levels, phantom reads are prevented by the serializable read level, and allowed by the repeatable read, consistent read, and read uncommitted levels.
A type of operation that involves hardware-related aspects such as disk blocks, memory pages, files, bits, disk reads, and so on. Typically, physical aspects are important during expert-level performance tuning and problem diagnosis. Contrast with logical.
that copies the actual data files. For example, the
command of the MySQL Enterprise Backup product produces a
physical backup, because its output contains data files that can be used directly by the
mysqld server, resulting in a faster restore operation. Contrast with logical backup.
See Also point-in-time recovery.
For MySQL 5.5 and higher, the MySQL distribution includes the very latest InnoDB features and performance enhancements, known as InnoDB 1.1, and there is no longer a separate InnoDB Plugin.
This distinction is important mainly in MySQL 5.1, where a feature or bug fix might apply to the InnoDB Plugin but not the built-in InnoDB, or vice versa.
The process of restoring a backup to recreate the state of the database at a specific date and time. Commonly abbreviated PITR. Because it is unlikely that the specified time corresponds exactly to the time of a backup, this technique usually requires a combination of a physical backup and a logical backup. For example, with the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, you restore the last backup that you took before the specified point in time, then replay changes from the binary log between the time of the backup and the PITR time.
See index prefix.
A set of backup files, produced by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, after all the stages of applying binary logs and incremental backups are finished. The resulting files are ready to be restored. Prior to the apply steps, the files are known as a raw backup.
A set of columns -- and by implication, the index based
on this set of columns -- that can uniquely identify every row in a table. As such, it must be a unique
index that does not contain any
InnoDB requires that every table has such an index (also called the clustered index or cluster index), and organizes the table storage based on the column values of the primary key.
When choosing primary key values, consider using arbitrary values (a synthetic key) rather than relying on values derived from some other source (a natural key).
An instance of an executing program. The operating system switches between multiple running processes, allowing for a certain degree of concurrency. On most operating systems, processes can contain multiple threads of execution that share resources. Context-switching between threads is faster than the equivalent switching between processes.
See Also mutex.
A type of garbage collection performed by a separate
thread, running on a periodic schedule. The purge includes these actions: removing obsolete values from
indexes; physically removing rows that were marked for deletion by previous
The technique of storing index changes due to
DELETE operations in the insert
buffer rather than writing them immediately, so that the physical writes can be
performed to minimize random I/O. (Because delete operations are a two-step process, this operation
buffers the write that normally purges an index record that was previously marked for deletion.) It is
one of the types of change buffering; the others are insert buffering. and delete
Another name for the
InnoDB history list. Related to
within the InnoDB process that is dedicated to performing the periodic purge operation. In MySQL 5.6 and higher, multiple purge
threads are enabled by the
innodb_purge_threads configuration option.
In SQL, an operation that reads information from one or more tables. Depending on the organization of data and the parameters of the query, the lookup might be optimized by consulting an index. If multiple tables are involved, the query is known as a join.
For historical reasons, sometimes discussions of internal processing for statements use "query" in a broader sense, including other types of MySQL statements such as DDL and DML statements.
The set of decisions made by the optimizer about how to perform a query most efficiently, including which index or indexes to use, and the order in which to join tables. Plan stability involves the same choices being made consistently for a given query.
See general query log.
To reduce the amount of database activity, often in
preparation for an operation such as an
TABLE, a backup, or a shutdown. Might or might not involve doing as much flushing as possible, so that InnoDB
does not continue doing background I/O.
In MySQL 5.6 and higher, the syntax
FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORT writes
some data to disk for
InnoDB tables that make it simpler to back up
those tables by copying the data files.
Acronym for "Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives". Spreading I/O operations across multiple drives enables greater concurrency at the hardware level, and improves the efficiency of low-level write operations that otherwise would be performed in sequence.
See Also concurrency.
A technique for quickly estimating the number of different values in a column (the column's cardinality). InnoDB samples pages at random from the index and uses that data to estimate the number of different values. This operation occurs when each table is first opened.
Originally, the number of sampled pages was fixed at 8; now, it is determined by the setting of the
The way the random pages are picked depends on the setting of the innodb_use_legacy_cardinality_algorithm parameter. The default setting (OFF) has better randomness than in older releases.
See Also cardinality.
The initial set of backup files produced by the MySQL Enterprise Backup product, before the changes reflected in the binary log and any incremental backups are applied. At this stage, the files are not ready to restore. After these changes are applied, the files are known as a prepared backup.
An isolation level that uses a locking strategy that relaxes some of the protection between transactions, in the interest of performance. Transactions cannot see uncommitted data from other transactions, but they can see data that is committed by another transaction after the current transaction started. Thus, a transaction never sees any bad data, but the data that it does see may depend to some extent on the timing of other transactions.
When a transaction with this isolation level performs
UPDATE ... WHERE
DELETE ... WHERE operations, other transactions might have to wait.
The transaction can perform
SELECT ... FOR UPDATE, and
LOCK IN SHARE MODE operations without making other transactions wait.
The isolation level that provides the least amount of protection between transactions. Queries employ a locking strategy that allows them to proceed in situations where they would normally wait for another transaction. However, this extra performance comes at the cost of less reliable results, including data that has been changed by other transactions and not committed yet (known as dirty read). Use this isolation level only with great caution, and be aware that the results might not be consistent or reproducible, depending on what other transactions are doing at the same time. Typically, transactions with this isolation level do only queries, not insert, update, or delete operations.
An internal snapshot used by the MVCC mechanism of InnoDB. Certain transactions, depending on their isolation level, see the data values as they were at the time the transaction (or in some cases, the statement) started. Isolation levels that use a read view are REPEATABLE READ, READ COMMITTED, and READ UNCOMMITTED.
A type of I/O request that prefetches a group of pages (an entire extent) into the buffer
pool asynchronously, in anticipation that these pages will be needed soon. The linear
read-ahead technique prefetches all the pages of one extent based on access patterns for pages in the
preceding extent, and is part of all MySQL versions starting with the InnoDB Plugin for MySQL 5.1. The
random read-ahead technique prefetches all the pages for an extent once a certain number of pages from
the same extent are in the buffer pool. Random read-ahead is not part of MySQL 5.5, but is re-introduced
in MySQL 5.6 under the control of the
A type of transaction that can be optimized for
InnoDB tables by eliminating some of the bookkeeping involved with creating a
read view for each transaction. Can only perform non-locking read queries. It can be started explicitly with
TRANSACTION READ ONLY, or automatically under certain conditions. See Section
126.96.36.199.3, "Optimizations for Read-Only Transactions" for details.
A lock on an index record. For
SELECT c1 FOR UPDATE FROM t WHERE c1 = 10; prevents any other
transaction from inserting, updating, or deleting rows where the value of
t.c1 is 10. Contrast with gap
lock and next-key lock.
The data, in units of records, recorded in the redo log when DML statements make changes to InnoDB tables. It is used during crash recovery to correct data written by incomplete transactions. The ever-increasing LSN value represents the cumulative amount of redo data that has passed through the redo log.
A disk-based data structure used during crash recovery, to correct data written by incomplete transactions. During normal operation, it encodes requests to change InnoDB table data, which result from SQL statements or low-level API calls through NoSQL interfaces. Modifications that did not finish updating the data files before an unexpected shutdown are replayed automatically.
The redo log is physically represented as a set of files, typically named
ib_logfile1. The data in the redo log is encoded in terms of
records affected; this data is collectively referred to as redo.
The passage of data through the redo logs is represented by the ever-increasing LSN value. The original 4GB limit on maximum size for
the redo log is raised to 512GB in MySQL 5.6.
The disk layout of the redo log is influenced by the configuration options
innodb_log_group_home_dir, and (rarely)
innodb_log_files_in_group. The performance of redo log operations is
also affected by the log buffer, which is controlled by
The oldest InnoDB row format, available for tables using the Antelope file format. Prior to MySQL 5.0.3, it was the only row format available in InnoDB. In My SQL 5.0.3 and later, the default is compact row format. You can still specify redundant row format for compatibility with older InnoDB tables.
The technique of maintaining data always in a consistent format, part of the ACID philosophy. In particular, data in different tables is kept consistent through the use of foreign key constraints, which can prevent changes from happening or automatically propagate those changes to all related tables. Related mechanisms include the unique constraint, which prevents duplicate values from being inserted by mistake, and the NOT NULL constraint, which prevents blank values from being inserted by mistake.
An important aspect of modern database systems. The database server encodes and enforces relationships such as one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-one, and uniqueness. For example, a person might have zero, one, or many phone numbers in an address database; a single phone number might be associated with several family members. In a financial database, a person might be required to have exactly one taxpayer ID, and any taxpayer ID could only be associated with one person.
The database server can use these relationships to prevent bad data from being inserted, and to find efficient ways to look up information. For example, if a value is declared to be unique, the server can stop searching as soon as the first match is found, and it can reject attempts to insert a second copy of the same value.
At the database level, these relationships are expressed through SQL features such as columns within a table, unique and
NULL constraints, foreign
keys, and different kinds of join operations. Complex relationships typically
involve data split between more than one table. Often, the data is normalized,
so that duplicate values in one-to-many relationships are stored only once.
In a mathematical context, the relations within a database are derived from set theory. For example,
AND operators of a
WHERE clause represent the notions of union and intersection.
In the full-text search feature, a number signifying the similarity between the search string and the data in the FULLTEXT index. For example, when you search for a single word, that word is typically more relevant for a row where if it occurs several times in the text than a row where it appears only once.
The default isolation level for InnoDB. It prevents any rows that are queried from being changed by other transactions, thus blocking non-repeatable reads but not phantom reads. It uses a moderately strict locking strategy so that all queries within a transaction see data from the same snapshot, that is, the data as it was at the time the transaction started.
When a transaction with this isolation level performs
UPDATE ... WHERE,
DELETE ... WHERE,
SELECT ... FOR UPDATE,
LOCK IN SHARE MODE operations, other transactions might have to
The practice of sending changes from a master database, to one or more slave databases, so that all databases have the same data. This technique has a wide range of uses, such as load-balancing for better scalability, disaster recovery, and testing software upgrades and configuration changes. The changes can be sent between the database by methods called row-based replication and statement-based replication.
The process of putting a set of backup files from the
MySQL Enterprise Backup product in place for use by MySQL.
This operation can be performed to fix a corrupted database, to return to some earlier point in time, or
(in a replication context) to set up a new slave database. In the MySQL
Enterprise Backup product, this operation is performed by the
option of the
By default, MySQL uses the autocommit setting, which automatically issues a commit following each SQL statement. You must change this setting before you can use the rollback technique.
Although InnoDB uses the term row format for consistency with MySQL syntax, the row format is a property of each table and applies to all rows in that table.
The disk storage format for a row from an InnoDB table. As InnoDB gains new capabilities such as compression, new row formats are introduced to support the resulting improvements in storage efficiency and performance.
Each table has its own row format, specified through the
option. To see the row format for each InnoDB table, issue the command
TABLE STATUS. Because all the tables in the system tablespace share the same row format,
to take advantage of other row formats typically requires setting the
innodb_file_per_table option, so that each table is stored in a
A lock that prevents a row from being accessed in an incompatible way by another transaction. Other rows in the same table can be freely written to by other transactions. This is the type of locking done by DML operations on InnoDB tables.
Contrast with table locks used by MyISAM, or during DDL operations on InnoDB tables that cannot be done with online DDL; those locks block concurrent access to the table.
A form of replication where events are propagated from the master server specifying how to change individual rows on the
slave server. It is safe to use for all settings of the
The locking mechanism used for InnoDB tables, relying on row locks rather than table locks. Multiple transactions can modify the same table concurrently. Only if two transactions try to modify the same row does one of the transactions wait for the other to complete (and release its row locks).
The low-level object that InnoDB uses to represent and enforce shared-access locks to internal in-memory data structures. Once the lock is acquired, any other process, thread, and so on can read the data structure, but no one else can write to it. Contrast with mutexes, which enforce exclusive access. Mutexes and rw-locks are known collectively as latches.
Savepoints help to implement nested transactions. They can be used to provide scope to operations on tables that are part of a larger transaction. For example, scheduling a trip in a reservation system might involve booking several different flights; if a desired flight is unavailable, you might roll back the changes involved in booking that one leg, without rolling back the earlier flights that were successfully booked.
The ability to add more work and issue more simultaneous requests to a system, without a sudden drop in performance due to exceeding the limits of system capacity. Software architecture, hardware configuration, application coding, and type of workload all play a part in scalability. When the system reaches its maximum capacity, popular techniques for increasing scalability are scale up (increasing the capacity of existing hardware or software) and scale out (adding new servers and more instances of MySQL). Often paired with availability as critical aspects of a large-scale deployment.
A technique for increasing scalability by adding new servers and more instances of MySQL. For example, setting up replication, MySQL Cluster, connection pooling, or other features that spread work across a group of servers. Contrast with scale up.
A technique for increasing scalability
by increasing the capacity of existing hardware or software. For example, increasing the memory on a
server and adjusting memory-related parameters such as
innodb_buffer_pool_instances. Contrast with scale out.
Conceptually, a schema is a set of interrelated database objects, such as tables, table columns, data types of the columns, indexes, foreign keys, and so on. These objects are connected through SQL syntax, because the columns make up the tables, the foreign keys refer to tables and columns, and so on. Ideally, they are also connected logically, working together as part of a unified application or flexible framework. For example, the information_schema and performance_schema databases use "schema" in their names to emphasize the close relationships between the tables and columns they contain.
In MySQL, physically, a schema is synonymous with a database. You can substitute the keyword
SCHEMA instead of
DATABASE in MySQL SQL
syntax, for example using
CREATE SCHEMA instead of
Some other database products draw a distinction. For example, in the Oracle Database product, a schema represents only a part of a database: the tables and other objects owned by a single user.
In MySQL, full-text
search queries use a special kind of index, the FULLTEXT index. In MySQL 5.6.4 and up,
MyISAM tables both support
indexes; formerly, these indexes were only available for
A type of InnoDB index that represents a subset of table columns. An InnoDB table can have zero, one, or many secondary indexes. (Contrast with the clustered index, which is required for each InnoDB table, and stores the data for all the table columns.)
A secondary index can be used to satisfy queries that only require values from the indexed columns. For more complex queries, it can be used to identify the relevant rows in the table, which are then retrieved through lookups using the clustered index.
Creating and dropping secondary indexes has traditionally involved significant overhead from copying
all the data in the InnoDB table. The fast index creation
feature of the InnoDB Plugin makes both
CREATE INDEX and
DROP INDEX statements much faster for InnoDB secondary indexes.
For example, within a file-per-table tablespace, the table data is in one segment and each associated index is in its own segment. The system tablespace contains many different segments, because it can hold many tables and their associated indexes. The system tablespace also includes up to 128 rollback segments making up the undo log.
Segments grow and shrink as data is inserted and deleted. When a segment needs more room, it is extended by one extent (1 megabyte) at a time. Similarly, a segment releases one extent's worth of space when all the data in that extent is no longer needed.
A property of data distribution, the number of distinct
values in a column (its cardinality) divided by the number of
records in the table. High selectivity means that the column values are relatively unique, and can
retrieved efficiently through an index. If you (or the query optimizer) can predict that a test in a
WHERE clause only matches a small number (or proportion) of rows in a
table, the overall query tends to be efficient if it
evaluates that test first, using an index.
A type of read operation used for
UPDATE statements, that is a combination of read
committed and consistent read. When an
UPDATE statement examines a row that is already locked, InnoDB returns the
latest committed version to MySQL so that MySQL can determine whether the row matches the
WHERE condition of the
UPDATE. If the row
matches (must be updated), MySQL reads the row again, and this time InnoDB either locks it or waits for
a lock on it. This type of read operation can only happen when the transaction has the read committed
isolation level, or when the
innodb_locks_unsafe_for_binlog option is enabled.
The isolation level that uses the most conservative locking strategy, to prevent any other transactions from inserting or changing data that was read by this transaction, until it is finished. This way, the same query can be run over and over within a transaction, and be certain to retrieve the same set of results each time. Any attempt to change data that was committed by another transaction since the start of the current transaction, cause the current transaction to wait.
This is the default isolation level specified by the SQL standard. In practice, this degree of strictness is rarely needed, so the default isolation level for InnoDB is the next most strict, repeatable read.
A type of program that runs continuously, waiting to receive and act upon requests from another program (the client). Because often an entire computer is dedicated to running one or more server programs (such as a database server, a web server, an application server, or some combination of these), the term server can also refer to the computer that runs the server software.
See Also system tablespace.
The process of flushing to disk all dirty buffer pool pages whose redo entries are contained in certain portion of the redo log. Occurs before InnoDB reuses a portion of a log file; the log files are used in a circular fashion. Typically occurs with write-intensive workloads.
The process of stopping the MySQL server. By default, this process does cleanup operations for InnoDB tables, so it can slow to shut down, but fast to start up later. If you skip the cleanup operations, it is fast to shut down but must do the cleanup during the next restart.
The shutdown mode is controlled by the
Frequently shortened to "slave". A database server machine in a replication scenario that receives changes from another server (the master) and applies those same changes. Thus it maintains the same contents as the master, although it might lag somewhat behind.
In MySQL, slave servers are commonly used in disaster recovery, to take the place of a master servers that fails. They are also commonly used for testing software upgrades and new settings, to ensure that database configuration changes do not cause problems with performance or reliability.
Slave servers typically have high workloads, because they process all the DML (write) operations relayed from the master, as well as user queries. To ensure that slave servers can apply changes from the master fast enough, they frequently have fast I/O devices and sufficient CPU and memory to run multiple database instances on the same slave server. For example, the master server might use hard drive storage while the slave servers use SSDs.
A type of log used for performance tuning of SQL statements processed by the MySQL server. The log information is stored in a file. You must enable this feature to use it. You control which categories of "slow" SQL statements are logged. For more information, see Section 5.2.5, "The Slow Query Log".
A type of shutdown that does additional
InnoDB flushing operations before completing. Also known as a clean shutdown. Specified by the configuration parameter
or the command
SET GLOBAL innodb_fast_shutdown=0;. Although the shutdown
itself can take longer, that time will be saved on the subsequent startup.
An identifier used to uniquely identify an
InnoDB tablespace within a MySQL
instance. The space ID for the system tablespace is always
zero; this same ID applies to all tables within the system tablespace. Each tablespace file created in
file-per-table mode also has its own space ID.
Prior to MySQL 5.6, this hardcoded value presented difficulties in moving
tablespace files between MySQL instances. Starting in MySQL 5.6, you can copy tablespace files
between instances by using the transportable tablespace
feature involving the statements
FLUSH TABLES ... FOR EXPORT,
ALTER TABLE ... DISCARD TABLESPACE, and
TABLE ... IMPORT TABLESPACE. The information needed to adjust the space ID is conveyed in
the .cfg file which you copy along with the tablespace.
See Section 188.8.131.52.34, "Improved Tablespace
Management" for details.
A type of wait operation that continuously tests whether a resource becomes available. This technique is used for resources that are typically held only for brief periods, where it is more efficient to wait in a "busy loop" than to put the thread to sleep and perform a context switch. If the resource does not become available within a short time, the spin loop ceases and another wait technique is used.
The Structured Query Language that is standard for performing database operations. Often divided into the categories DDL, DML, and queries. MySQL includes some additional statement categories such as replication. See Chapter 9, Language Structure for the building blocks of SQL syntax, Chapter 11, Data Types for the data types to use for MySQL table columns, Chapter 13, SQL Statement Syntax for details about SQL statements and their associated categories, and Chapter 12, Functions and Operators for standard and MySQL-specific functions to use in queries.
Acronym for "solid-state drive". A type of storage device with different performance characteristics than a traditional hard disk drive (HDD): smaller storage capacity, faster for random reads, no moving parts, and with a number of considerations affecting write performance. Its performance characteristics can influence the throughput of a disk-bound workload.
The process of starting the MySQL server. Typically done by one of the programs listed in Section 4.3, "MySQL Server and Server-Startup Programs". The opposite of shutdown.
See Also shutdown.
A form of replication where SQL statements are sent from the master server and replayed on the slave
server. It requires some care with the setting for the
innodb_autoinc_lock_mode option, to avoid potential timing problems
with auto-increment locking.
Estimated values relating to each
InnoDB table and index, used to construct an efficient query execution plan. The main values are the cardinality (number of distinct values) and the total number of
table rows or index entries. The statistics for the table represent the data in its primary key index. The statistics for a secondary
index represent the rows covered by that index.
The values are estimated rather than counted precisely because at any moment, different transactions can be inserting and deleting rows from the
same table. To keep the values from being recalculated frequently, you can enable persistent statistics, where the values are stored in
InnoDB system tables, and refreshed only when you issue an
You can control how NULL values are treated when
calculating statistics through the
innodb_stats_method configuration option.
Other types of statistics are available for database objects and database activity through the INFORMATION_SCHEMA and PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA tables.
The ability to search for different variations of a word based on a common root word, such as singular and plural, or past, present, and future verb tense. This feature is currently supported in MyISAM full-text search feature but not in FULLTEXT indexes for InnoDB tables.
In a FULLTEXT index,
a word that is considered common or trivial enough that it is omitted from the search index and ignored in search queries. Different
configuration settings control stopword processing for
MyISAM tables. See Section 12.9.4,
"Full-Text Stopwords" for details.
A component of the MySQL database that performs the
low-level work of storing, updating, and querying data. In MySQL 5.5 and higher, InnoDB is the default storage engine for new tables,
superceding MyISAM. Different storage engines are designed with different tradeoffs between factors such
as memory usage versus disk usage, read speed versus write speed, and speed versus robustness. Each
storage engine manages specific tables, so we refer to
MyISAM tables, and so on.
The MySQL Enterprise Backup product is optimized for backing up InnoDB tables. It can also back up tables handled by MyISAM and other storage engines.
The general name for the setting controlled by the
option. Turning on this setting causes certain conditions that are normally treated as warnings, to be
considered errors. For example, certain invalid combinations of options related to file format and row
format, that normally produce a warning and continue with default values, now cause
CREATE TABLE operation to fail.
MySQL also has something called strict mode.
Within the list structure that represents the buffer pool, pages that are relatively old and relatively new are represented by different portions of the list. A set of parameters control the size of these portions and the dividing point between the new and old pages.
A pseudo-record in an index, representing the gap
above the largest value in that index. If a transaction has a statement such as
... FOR UPDATE ... WHERE col > 10;, and the largest value in the column is 20, it is a
lock on the supremum record that prevents other transactions from inserting even larger values such as
50, 100, and so on.
See Also synthetic key.
A indexed column, typically a primary key, where the values are assigned arbitrarily. Often done using an auto-increment column. By treating the value as completely arbitrary, you can avoid overly restrictive rules and faulty application assumptions. For example, a numeric sequence representing employee numbers might have a gap if an employee was approved for hiring but never actually joined. Or employee number 100 might have a later hiring date than employee number 500, if they left the company and later rejoined. Numeric values also produce shorter values of predictable length. For example, storing numeric codes meaning "Road", "Boulevard", "Expressway", and so on is more space-efficient than repeating those strings over and over.
Also known as a surrogate key. Contrast with natural key.
A small set of data files (the ibdata files) containing the metadata for InnoDB-related
objects (the data dictionary), and the storage areas for the
undo log, the change
buffer, and the doublewrite buffer.
Depending on the setting of the
innodb_file_per_table, when tables are created, it might also contain
table and index data for some or all InnoDB tables. The data and metadata in the system tablespace apply
to all the databases in a MySQL instance.
Prior to MySQL 5.6.7, the default was to keep all InnoDB tables and indexes inside the system tablespace, often causing this file to become very large. Because the system tablespace never shrinks, storage problems could arise if large amounts of temporary data were loaded and then deleted. In MySQL 5.6.7 and higher, the default is file-per-table mode, where each table and its associated indexes are stored in a separate .ibd file. This new default makes it easier to use InnoDB features that rely on the Barracuda file format, such as table compression and the DYNAMIC row format.
In MySQL 5.6 and higher, setting a value for the
innodb_undo_tablespaces option splits the undo
log into one or more separate tablespace files. These files are still considered
part of the system tablespace.
Keeping all table data in the system tablespace or in separate
files has implications for storage management in general. The MySQL
Enterprise Backup product might back up a small set of large files, or many
smaller files. On systems with thousands of tables, the filesystem operations to process thousands
.ibd files can cause bottlenecks.
See Also Barracuda, change buffer, compression, data dictionary, database, doublewrite buffer, dynamic row format, file-per-table, .ibd file, ibdata file, innodb_file_per_table, instance, MySQL Enterprise Backup, tablespace, undo log.
Each MySQL table is associated with a particular storage engine. InnoDB tables have particular physical and logical characteristics that affect performance, scalability, backup, administration, and application development.
In terms of file storage, each InnoDB table is either part of the single big InnoDB system tablespace, or in a separate
.ibd file if the table is
created in file-per-table mode. The
.ibd file holds data for
the table and all its indexes, and is known as a tablespace.
InnoDB tables created in file-per-table mode can use the Barracuda file format. Barracuda tables can use the DYNAMIC row format or the COMPRESSED row format. These relatively new settings enable a number of InnoDB features, such as compression, fast index creation, and off-page columns
For backward compatibility with MySQL 5.1 and earlier, InnoDB tables inside the system tablespace must use the Antelope file format, which supports the compact row format and the redundant row format.
The rows of an InnoDB table are organized into an index structure known as the clustered index, with entries sorted based on the primary key columns of the table. Data access is optimized for queries that filter and sort on the primary key columns, and each index contains a copy of the associated primary key columns for each entry. Modifying values for any of the primary key columns is an expensive operation. Thus an important aspect of InnoDB table design is choosing a primary key with columns that are used in the most important queries, and keeping the primary key short, with rarely changing values.
See Also Antelope, backup, Barracuda, clustered index, compact row format, compressed row format, compression, dynamic row format, Fast Index Creation, file-per-table, .ibd file, index, off-page column, primary key, redundant row format, row, system tablespace, tablespace.
A lock that prevents any other transaction from accessing a table. InnoDB makes considerable
effort to make such locks unnecessary, by using techniques such as online
DDL, row locks and consistent reads for processing DML
statements and queries. You can create such a lock through
SQL using the
LOCK TABLE statement; one of the steps in migrating from
other database systems or MySQL storage engines is to remove such statements wherever practical.
See full table scan.
A data file that can hold data for one or more InnoDB
tables and associated indexes. The system
tablespace contains the tables that make up the data
dictionary, and prior to MySQL 5.6 holds all the other InnoDB tables by default.
Turning on the
innodb_file_per_table option, the default in MySQL 5.6 and higher,
allows newly created tables to each have their own tablespace, with a separate data file for each table.
Using multiple tablespaces, by turning on the
innodb_file_per_table option, is vital to using many MySQL features
such as table compression and transportable tablespaces, and managing disk usage. See Section 5.4.1, "Managing InnoDB Tablespaces"
and Section 184.108.40.206.34, "Improved Tablespace
Management" for details.
Tablespaces created by the built-in InnoDB storage engine are upward compatible with the InnoDB Plugin. Tablespaces created by the InnoDB Plugin are downward compatible with the built-in InnoDB storage engine, if they use the Antelope file format.
MySQL Cluster also groups its tables into tablespaces. See
A representation of the data
dictionary metadata for a table, within the InnoDB tablespace. This metadata can be checked against the .frm file for consistency when the table is opened, to diagnose
errors resulting from out-of-date
.frm files. This information is present
for InnoDB tables that are part of the system tablespace, as
well as for tables that have their own .ibd file because of
the file-per-table option.
A table whose data does not need to be truly permanent. For example, temporary tables might be used as storage areas for intermediate results in complicated calculations or transformations; this intermediate data would not need to be recovered after a crash. Database products can take various shortcuts to improve the performance of operations on temporary tables, by being less scrupulous about writing data to disk and other measures to protect the data across restarts.
Sometimes, the data itself is removed automatically at a set time, such as when the transaction ends or when the session ends. With some database products, the table itself is removed automatically too.
See Also table.
The tablespace for non-compressed
InnoDB temporary tables and related objects. This tablespace was introduced
in MySQL 5.7.1. The configuration file option,
innodb_temp_data_file_path, allows users to define a relative path
for the temporary data file. If
innodb_temp_data_file_path is not specified, the default behavior is
to create a single auto-extending 12MB data file named
ibtmp1 in the data
ibdata1. The temporary tablespace is recreated on
each server start and receives a dynamically generated space-id, which helps avoid conflicts with
existing space-ids. The temporary tablespace cannot reside on a raw device. Inability or error creating
the temporary table is treated as fatal and server startup will be refused.
The tablespace is removed on normal shutdown or on init abort, which may occur when a user specifies the wrong startup options, for example. The temporary tablespace is not removed when a crash occurs. In this case, the database administrator can remove the tablespace manually or restart the server with the same configuration, which will remove and recreate the temporary tablespace.
See Also ibtmp file.
See Also FULLTEXT index.
An error condition that can occur due to a combination of I/O device configuration and hardware failure. If data is written out in chunks smaller than the InnoDB page size (by default, 16KB), a hardware failure while writing could result in only part of a page being stored to disk. The InnoDB doublewrite buffer guards against this possibility.
See Also doublewrite buffer.
Acronym for "transactions per second", a unit of measurement sometimes used in benchmarks. Its value depends on the workload represented by a particular benchmark test, combined with factors that you control such as the hardware capacity and database configuration.
Transactions are atomic units of work that can be committed or rolled back. When a transaction makes multiple changes to the database, either all the changes succeed when the transaction is committed, or all the changes are undone when the transaction is rolled back.
Database transactions, as implemented by InnoDB, have properties that are collectively known by the acronym ACID, for atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability.
See Also implicit row lock.
A feature that allows a tablespace
to be moved from one instance to another. Traditionally, this has not been possible for InnoDB
tablespaces because all table data was part of the system tablespace.
In MySQL 5.6 and higher, the
FLUSH TABLES ...
FOR EXPORT syntax prepares an InnoDB table for copying to another server; running
ALTER TABLE ... DISCARD TABLESPACE and
ALTER TABLE ... IMPORT TABLESPACE on the other server brings the
copied data file into the other instance. A separate
.cfg file, copied
along with the .ibd file, is used to update the table
metadata (for example the space ID) as the tablespace is
imported. See Section 220.127.116.11.34, "Improved
Tablespace Management" for usage information.
operation that removes the entire contents of a table, while leaving the table and related indexes
intact. Contrast with drop. Although conceptually it has the
same result as a
DELETE statement with no
WHERE clause, it operates differently behind the scenes: InnoDB creates a
new empty table, drops the old table, then renames the new table to take the place of the old one.
Because this is a DDL operation, it cannot be rolled back.
If the table being truncated contains foreign keys that reference another table, the truncation
operation uses a slower method of operation, deleting one row at a time so that corresponding rows
in the referenced table can be deleted as needed by any
CASCADE clause. (MySQL 5.5 and higher do not allow this slower form of truncate, and
return an error instead if foreign keys are involved. In this case, use a
A technical term designating an ordered set of elements. It is an abstract notion, used in formal discussions of database theory. In the database field, tuples are usually represented by the columns of a table row. They could also be represented by the result sets of queries, for example, queries that retrieved only some columns of a table, or columns from joined tables.
See Also cursor.
An operation that is part of a distributed transaction, under the XA specification. (Sometimes abbreviated as 2PC.) When multiple databases participate in the transaction, either all databases commit the changes, or all databases roll back the changes.
Data that is maintained throughout the life of a transaction, recording all changes so that they can be undone in case of a rollback operation. It is stored in the undo log, also known as the rollback segment, either within the system tablespace or in separate undo tablespaces.
See undo log.
A storage area that holds copies of data modified by active transactions. If another transaction needs to see the original data (as part of a consistent read operation), the unmodified data is retrieved from this storage area.
By default, this area is physically part of the system
tablespace. In MySQL 5.6 and higher, you can use the
innodb_undo_directory configuration options to split it into one or
more separate tablespace files, the undo tablespaces, optionally stored on another storage
device such as an SSD.
The undo log is split into separate portions, the insert undo buffer and the update undo buffer. Collectively, these parts are also known as the rollback segment, a familiar term for Oracle DBAs.
One of a set of files containing the undo log, when the undo log is separated from the system tablespace by the
innodb_undo_directory configuration options. Only applies to MySQL 5.6
A kind of constraint that asserts that a column cannot contain any duplicate values. In terms of relational algebra, it is used to specify 1-to-1 relationships. For efficiency in checking whether a value can be inserted (that is, the value does not already exist in the column), a unique constraint is supported by an underlying unique index.
An index on a column or set of columns that have a unique constraint. Because the index is known not to contain any duplicate values, certain kinds of lookups and count operations are more efficient than in the normal kind of index. Most of the lookups against this type of index are simply to determine if a certain value exists or not. The number of values in the index is the same as the number of rows in the table, or at least the number of rows with non-null values for the associated columns.
The insert buffering optimization does not apply to
unique indexes. As a workaround, you can temporarily set
unique_checks=0 while doing a bulk data load into an InnoDB table.
The set of columns (one or more) comprising a unique index. When you can define a
WHERE condition that matches exactly one row, and the query can use an
associated unique index, the lookup and error handling can be performed very efficiently.
When an operation, such as acquiring a lock, mutex, or
latch, cannot be completed immediately, InnoDB pauses and
tries again. The mechanism for pausing is elaborate enough that this operation has its own name, the
wait. Individual threads are paused using a combination of
internal InnoDB scheduling, operating system
wait() calls, and
short-duration spin loops.
On systems with heavy load and many transactions, you might use the output from the
SHOW INNODB STATUS command to determine whether threads are spending too
much time waiting, and if so, how you can improve concurrency.
A backup taken while the database is running, but that restricts some database operations during the backup process. For example, tables might become read-only. For busy applications and web sites, you might prefer a hot backup.
This process happens naturally over time when a MySQL server is restarted or subjected to a new
workload. Starting in MySQL 5.6, you can speed up the warmup process by setting the configuration
innodb_buffer_pool_load_at_startup=ON, to bring the contents of
the buffer pool back into memory after a restart. Typically, you run a workload for some time to
warm up the buffer pool before running performance tests, to ensure consistent results across
multiple runs; otherwise, performance might be artificially low during the first run.
The built-in InnoDB storage engine and the InnoDB Plugin are supported on all the same Microsoft Windows versions as the MySQL server. The MySQL Enterprise Backup product has more comprehensive support for Windows systems than the InnoDB Hot Backup product that it supersedes.
The combination and volume of SQL and other database operations, performed by a database application during typical or peak usage. You can subject the database to a particular workload during performance testing to identify bottlenecks, or during capacity planning.
An optimization technique that reduces write operations when dirty pages are flushed from the InnoDB buffer pool. If a row in a page is updated multiple times, or multiple rows on the same page are updated, all of those changes are stored to the data files in a single write operation rather than one write for each change.
A standard interface for coordinating distributed transactions, allowing multiple databases to participate in a transaction while maintaining ACID compliance. For full details, see Section 13.3.7, "XA Transactions".
XA Distributed Transaction support is turned on by default. If you are not using this feature, you
can disable the
innodb_support_xa configuration option, avoiding the performance
overhead of an extra fsync for each transaction.
A characteristic of a page in the
InnoDB buffer pool meaning it has been accessed recently, and so is
moved within the buffer pool data structure, so that it will not be flushed soon by the LRU
algorithm. This term is used in some information schema
column names of tables related to the buffer pool.