Thanks for all the helpful links! I've been reading them as I
downloaded 5.5 with bzr and building the source. (In the process I
stumbled onto your and Andrew's new book on plugins. I bought an
electronic copy and downloaded it to my iPad to read tonight and this
weekend. Hopefully the book will demystify them for me. :-)
More later ...
On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 6:34 AM, Sergei Golubchik <serg@stripped> wrote:
> Hi, Weldon!
> On Sep 15, Weldon Whipple wrote:
>> > See where mysql_bin_log.write is called.
>> Excellent information! (I was hoping it might be that easy ???). If I
>> succeed in making a DB_BIN_LOG class derive from MYSQL_BIN_LOG (with an
>> instance of DB_BIN_LOG for each database that is currently binlogging),
>> I could--in theory, at least--just call something like
>> db_binlog->write () at those places.
> Better make this write method virtual and implement it in your derived
>> >> Questions I Have.
>> >> ----------------
>> >> 1. I notice that binlog is in the list of engines and plugins
>> >> (displayed by SHOW ...). The bottom of log.cc has
>> >> "mysql_declare_plugin(binlog)". Do I need one for db_plugin?
>> >> (probably not?)
>> > depends.
>> > binlog needs to be declated a plugin, to be able to pretent being a
>> > storage engine, to be able to force two phase commit (2PC).
>> > 2PC is used to commit or rollback a transaction atomically in more
>> > than one engine. And MySQL only uses 2PC when a transaction spans
>> > more than one engine. But we want a transaction to be committed in
>> > the engine and written to a binlog - and it should be done
>> > atomically too. So, binlog pretends to be an engine, pretends to
>> > participate in a transaction, which forces MySQL to use 2PC which
>> > can guarantee that a transaction is either committed and written to
>> > a binlog - or not committed and not written. Reliably, even if MySQL
>> > crashes in the middle.
>> > So, if you don't use innodb, or don't use
>> > innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit=1 or don't use sync_binlog=1 you
>> > probably don't need to support 2PC as your setup is not crash proof
>> > anyway.
>> > If you care about innodb<->binlog consistency in the presence of
>> > crashes, you should support 2PC in your binlog, as explained above.
>> We DO have a small percentage of innodb databases. If 2PC commits
>> (rolls back, etc.) atomically to more than one engine, does that mean
>> TWO (only)? ... or could it happen for three (specifically, innodb,
>> MYSQL_BIN_LOG's binlog, and DB_BIN_LOG's binlog)?
> See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-phase_commit_protocol
> It's two phases, not two engines, any number of engines can participate
> in a transaction.
> But! All of them but one have to support two-phase commit. Binlog does
> not support it. Apparently, DB_BIN_LOG will not support it either -
> adding two-phase commit support to binlog will surely be beyond the
> scope of your work.
> It means, you cannot have InnoDB, binlog, and DB_BIN_LOG to participate
> in a two-phase commit. But you can disable MYSQL_BIN_LOG altogether and
> only use DB_BIN_LOG - in that case you can have a two-phase commit
> between DB_BIN_LOG and InnoDB.
>> The two kinds of binlog files would have the same format (except that
>> one is for only one database). Are they considered two storage
> If you want to write to both - yes. A transaction will need to be
> written to both independently, so you want them to be in sync, and MySQL
> uses 2PC to synchronize different data storages.
> You can solve that by
> 1) not using MYSQL_BIN_LOG. In this case there's only InnoDB and
> DB_BIN_LOG to keep in sync, and InnoDB can do 2PC.
> 2) not making DB_BIN_LOG independent from MYSQL_BIN_LOG. For example,
> everything is written to binlog only. Then you have a background
> thread (or even a separate process) that reads binlog and writes your
> per-db binlogs. In that case you have only InnoDB and MYSQL_BIN_LOG
> to keep in sync, and MySQL already does that. Your background thread
> is only catching up, it is allowed to fall behind.
>> (I notice that the "mysql_declare_plugin(binlog)" declaration is at
>> the bottom of log.cc. Most of the other storage engines' corresponding
>> declarations are in files in the storage subdirectories. If I were to
>> need a "mysql_declare_plugin(db_binlog)" declaration, could it also go
>> at the bottom of log.cc? ... Or (since a DB_BIN_LOG is AKO [a kind of]
>> MYSQL_BIN_LOG [in the OO sense]), are MYSQL_BIN_LOGs and DB_BIN_LOGs
>> both kinds of binlog plugins ...?
> if you want to have two plugins in one file you still need to use one
> mysql_declare_plugin(), not two. See example at the end of