Graham Christensen

Why a MySQL Slave Created from an LVM Snapshot Would Mark Tables Corrupt

posted on April 19 2013

I was spinning up a new database slave to trail along behind master. Trailing slaves are for maintenance tasks like snapshots and backups. I’ve done this hundreds of times at this point, and have automated the process for a few organizations now, too.

Unfortunately, this particular snapshot and import was particularly problematic, with an issue I’ve never come across before. Here is how I exported the database:

Open two terminals on the database, one running mysql (mysql -u root), the other running bash.

Flush all IO to disk and prevent future writes from happening. This can sometimes take a long time, so be careful. It is not a good idea to do this on a server with high traffic. In MySQL, run:


At this point it is safe to snapshot the disk, which on my machine was:

lvcreate -L20G -s -n mysqlsnap /dev/VG_MySQL/LV_MySQL

This snapshot was then transferred to the target slave. MySQL would recover as expected, and then serve the databases just fine. Note that I trimmed the following log snippet of sensitive data, and is otherwise exactly what you should expect to see:

InnoDB: Log scan progressed past the checkpoint lsn 2026105126787
130417 20:45:27  InnoDB: Database was not shut down normally!
InnoDB: Starting crash recovery.
InnoDB: Reading tablespace information from the .ibd files...
InnoDB: Restoring possible half-written data pages from the doublewrite
InnoDB: buffer...
InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 2026110369280

… snip about 15 similar lines …

InnoDB: Doing recovery: scanned up to log sequence number 2026235456602
130417 20:45:34  InnoDB: Starting an apply batch of log records to the database...
InnoDB: Progress in percents: 0 1 2 3 4 ... 96 97 98 99
InnoDB: Apply batch completed
InnoDB: In a MySQL replication slave the last master binlog file
InnoDB: position 135547902, file name bin-log.000014
InnoDB: and relay log file
InnoDB: position 135548059, file name /var/lib/mysqllogs/relay-log.000048
InnoDB: Last MySQL binlog file position 0 475524524, file name /var/lib/mysqllogs/binary-log.000245
130417 20:46:10  InnoDB: Waiting for the background threads to start
130417 20:46:11 Percona XtraDB ( 5.5.30-rel30.2 started; log sequence number 2026235456602
130417 20:46:15 [Note] Event Scheduler: Loaded 0 events
130417 20:46:15 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: ready for connections.

The Problem

As soon a I would run CHANGE MASTER on the slave and begin the slaving, it would mark a table as corrupted:

130417 20:50:12 [Note] Slave SQL thread initialized, starting replication in log '435510-binary-log.000245' at position 475524524, relay log './relay-log.000001' position: 4
130417 20:50:12 [Note] Slave I/O thread: connected to master 'replicant@host:3306',replication started in log '435510-binary-log.000245' at position 475524524
130417 20:50:12 [ERROR] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Table 'dbname/tablename' is marked as crashed and should be repaired
130417 20:50:12 [ERROR] Slave SQL: Error 'Table 'dbname/tablename' is marked as crashed and should be repaired' on query. Default database: 'dbname'. Query: '...', Error_code: 145
130417 20:50:12 [Warning] Slave: Table 'dbname/tablename' is marked as crashed and should be repaired Error_code: 145
130417 20:50:12 [Warning] Slave: Table 'tablename' is marked as crashed and should be repaired Error_code: 1194
130417 20:50:12 [ERROR] Error running query, slave SQL thread aborted. Fix the problem, and restart the slave SQL thread with "SLAVE START". We stopped at log 'binary-log.000245' position 475539508

In other words, the table ‘dbname.tablename’ has gone corrupt.

The Resolution

I was convinced it had to do with the LVM snapshot, but not so. After consulting a number of people, and the MySQL manual, I realized I should run

USE 'dbname';

CHECK TABLE will indicate what is wrong with the table.

In this case, the real issue was very simply a case of the table not being closed properly, which CHECK TABLE takes care of automatically.

What MySQL outputted:

    Table: dbname.tablename
      Op: check
Msg_type: warning
Msg_text: 4 clients are using or haven't closed the table properly

    Table: dbname.tablename
      Op: check
Msg_type: status
Msg_text: OK

From the documentation of MySQL’s CHECK TABLE:

In some cases, CHECK TABLE changes the table. This happens if the table is marked as “corrupted” or “not closed properly” but CHECK TABLE does not find any problems in the table. In this case, CHECK TABLE marks the table as okay.

Running mysqlcheck -A on the slave server (and later the master) worked like a charm.


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