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Back on disk temporary tables

We already blog a lot on temporary tables on disk, how this could be bad for your workload and should be avoid.  Each temporary table will open a file descriptor,  external kernel call and by nature a well know file system slow operation.

We can point this benchmark simulating a working mail server

Monitoring of such queries can be trace via the status of

Evidence of what is happening watching many Aria or MyISAM tables created on disk :

/usr/sbin/lsof  | grep "mysql" | grep "#"
mysqld     1855     mysql 1658u      REG                8,1       8192    1505932 …

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Using MySQL 5.6 to find queries creating disk temporary tables

In my previous post, I’ve showed how to use Dtrace to find queries creating disk temporary tables (only available for OS with dtrace: solaris, freebsd, etc).

In MySQL 5.6 (which is not released yet, use “labs” version for now) we can use new performance_schema table events_statements_history or events_statements_history_long to find all performance metrics for all queries including created disk/memory tables, use of index, etc. WOW! This is what I have been waiting for a long time!

To illustrate, I have grabbed mysql-5.6.3-labs-performance-schema-linux2.6-x86_64.tar.gz from (this feature is only in labs version) and run sysbench readonly test (you need to disable prepared statements in sysbench, seems to be not working with …

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