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MySQL Troubleshooting by Sveta Smirnova

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Replication and Concurrency

Another important aspect of concurrency troubleshooting concerns replicated environments.

When troubleshooting replication, you need to remember that a master server is always multithreaded, whereas the slave runs all updates in a single thread.[8] This affects performance and consistency during replication, regardless of the binary log formats or options you use.

The majority of replication issues involve data inconsistency, meaning that the data on the slave is different from that on the master. In most cases, MySQL replication takes care of data consistency, but sometimes you can still experience issues, especially if you use statement-based replication. This section focuses on consistency, with a few words at the end about how performance can be affected by replication.

Statement-Based Replication Issues

Starting with version 5.1, MySQL supports three binary logging formats: statement, row, and mixed. The majority of issues with data inconsistency happen with statement-basement replication (SBR), which uses the statement binary log format. This format has several advantages over row-based logging, and historically it was the only way to log changes, so its user base is still huge and it is still the default. But it is more risky than row-based logging.

Note

Row-based logging records raw data about rows in the log. The slave does not execute the same queries as the master, but instead updates table rows directly. This is the safest binary logging format ...

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