Unexplained halts using mysql command line client

I recently came across an issue trying to connect to a MySQL server using the mysql client. It appeared as through the connection was hanging.

A subsequent connection using the -A option highlighted the problem with the previous connection stuck in the state “Waiting for table metadata lock”.

mysql> SHOW PROCESSLIST\G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
     Id: 37
   User: root
   Host: localhost
     db: tmp
Command: Query
   Time: 90
  State: preparing
   Info: create table missing as select id from AK where id not in (select id ..
*************************** 2. row ***************************
     Id: 38
   User: root
   Host: localhost
     db: tmp
Command: Field List
   Time: 50
  State: Waiting for table metadata lock
   Info:
*************************** 3. row ***************************
     Id: 39
   User: root
   Host: localhost
     db: tmp
Command: Query
   Time: 0
  State: init
   Info: show processlist

In this example you can see a long running CREATE TABLE … SELECT statement as the cause of the problem. The -A or –no-auto-rehash argument is a means of disabling the tab completion in the mysql command line client.

One Response to “Unexplained halts using mysql command line client”

  1. Hi Ronald!

    Worth pointing out that meta-data locking instrumentation was released just today in MySQL 5.7.3 DMR. See: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/metadata-locks-table.html :)