Recently, one of our support customers faced this: “[ERROR] mysqld: Sort aborted: Server shutdown in progress.” At first it would appear this occurred because of a mysql restart (i.e. the MySQL server restarted and the query got killed during the stopping of mysql). However, while debugging this problem I found no evidence of a MySQL server restart – which proves that what’s “apparent” is not always the case, so this error message was a bit misleading. Check this bug report for further details http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=18256 (it was reported back in 2006).
I found that there are two possible reasons for this error: Either the MySQL server restarts during execution of the query, or the query got killed forcefully during execution which utilizes the …[Read more]