Have you checked your MySQL error log today?

As a consultant I would be rich if I made money every time when asking “Have you checked the MySQL error log?”

Today’s special found in a 13GB MySQL server error log.

090819 22:49:37InnoDB: Warning: difficult to find free blocks from
InnoDB: the buffer pool (1101071 search iterations)! Consider
InnoDB: increasing the buffer pool size.
InnoDB: It is also possible that in your Unix version
InnoDB: fsync is very slow, or completely frozen inside
InnoDB: the OS kernel. Then upgrading to a newer version
InnoDB: of your operating system may help. Look at the
InnoDB: number of fsyncs in diagnostic info below.
InnoDB: Pending flushes (fsync) log: 0; buffer pool: 0
InnoDB: 167 OS file reads, 1 OS file writes, 1 OS fsyncs
InnoDB: Starting InnoDB Monitor to print further
InnoDB: diagnostics to the standard output.
090819 22:49:37InnoDB: Warning: difficult to find free blocks from
InnoDB: the buffer pool (1101051 search iterations)! Consider
InnoDB: increasing the buffer pool size.
InnoDB: It is also possible that in your Unix version
InnoDB: fsync is very slow, or completely frozen inside
InnoDB: the OS kernel. Then upgrading to a newer version
InnoDB: of your operating system may help. Look at the
InnoDB: number of fsyncs in diagnostic info below.
InnoDB: Pending flushes (fsync) log: 0; buffer pool: 0
InnoDB: 167 OS file reads, 1 OS file writes, 1 OS fsyncs
InnoDB: Starting InnoDB Monitor to print further
InnoDB: diagnostics to the standard output.
090819 22:49:37InnoDB: Warning: difficult to find free blocks from
InnoDB: the buffer pool (1101072 search iterations)! Consider
InnoDB: increasing the buffer pool size.
InnoDB: It is also possible that in your Unix version
InnoDB: fsync is very slow, or completely frozen inside
InnoDB: the OS kernel. Then upgrading to a newer version
InnoDB: of your operating system may help. Look at the
InnoDB: number of fsyncs in diagnostic info below.
InnoDB: Pending flushes (fsync) log: 0; buffer pool: 0
InnoDB: 167 OS file reads, 1 OS file writes, 1 OS fsyncs
InnoDB: Starting InnoDB Monitor to print further
InnoDB: diagnostics to the standard output.

As you can see the same error is occuring, and in this example 3 times in the last second. To find the cause of the error I didn’t have to look far because I had already checked the /etc/my.cnf file.

$ cat /etc/my.cnf
[mysqld]
set-variable = max_connections=500
innodb_buffer_pool_size = 500
safe-show-database

Where do people come up with these my.cnf files? A decision was made to create one, and not use either no file or at least the default that was provided with the installation that is still on the system.

$ find / -name *my*cnf
/home/dontcold/.my.cnf
/etc/my.cnf
/root/.my.cnf
/usr/local/cpanel/whostmgr/my.cnf
/usr/share/doc/MySQL-server-5.0.77/my-small.cnf
/usr/share/doc/MySQL-server-5.0.77/my-medium.cnf
/usr/share/doc/MySQL-server-5.0.77/my-innodb-heavy-4G.cnf
/usr/share/doc/MySQL-server-5.0.77/my-large.cnf
/usr/share/doc/MySQL-server-5.0.77/my-huge.cnf
/usr/share/mysql/my-small.cnf
/usr/share/mysql/my-medium.cnf
/usr/share/mysql/my-innodb-heavy-4G.cnf
/usr/share/mysql/my-large.cnf
/usr/share/mysql/my-huge.cnf

What is interesting is that I’ve seen nearly the same file on a previous installation and I documented in For MySQL DBA fame and glory. Prize included.

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2 Responses to “Have you checked your MySQL error log today?”

  1. Keith Murphy says:

    Silly yes, but it keeps us in business so it’s not a bad thing eh?

    keith

  2. Ray Causey says:

    The /usr/share/… cnf files must be part of the install. My server has them as well and I did not create them. They also all have the same create date.