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From:Claudio Nanni Date:January 7 2010 7:02pm
Subject:MySQL CPU Deadlock on FreeBSD MyISAM (not INNODB ddlk) (This is
really hard stuff !)
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MySQL 5.0.81
FreeBSD 7
4xQuad Core Xeon
Local Disks 6x73GB SAS

The server behaves normally, load between 1 and 2, but has cpu load spikes
during the day, 3 or 4, and if the load goes over 20, it will go in a death
spiral collapsing,
I have enough memory ,buffers and disk.
From my investigations it seems related to queries that go on disk
(temporary tables) and then the server becomes a PCXT with connections
backlogging until death,
but it really seems a bug, I cant imagine a server collapsing like this.
The load of the server is not extremely high an average of 1000 statements
per second, 30 connections, 150k rows accesses/sec.
what I saw from the vm stat is that in the moment of the deadlock the number
of context switches becomes huge and processes waiting for cpu from almost 0
grow up to 100.
Also it seems from 'avm' value that the server is actively using swap, but
from top it says 4gb of swap and free!

The strange thing is that the sort buffer is very big and it stills goes on
disk to sort.
Are the per-connection buffers too big?

I attach some statistics, dinner paid for any clue!

There is IOSTATS, TOP, and VMSTATS for  two deadlock issues happened two
consequent nights one at 22:06 one at 22:24



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MySQL CPU Deadlock on FreeBSD MyISAM (not INNODB ddlk) (This is really hard stuff !)Claudio Nanni7 Jan