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Date:      Wed, 22 May 2013 20:04:07 +0200
From:      "Michael Ross" <>
To:        "FreeBSD Questions" <>, "Alejandro Imass" <>
Subject:   Re: MySQL hangs server completely
Message-ID:  <op.wxhy45zgg7njmm@michael-think>
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On Wed, 22 May 2013 15:52:45 +0200, Alejandro Imass <>  

> Hi,
> We've been having this problem with a customer for a while and it
> seems that some funky query makes MySQL use 100% of CPU. Nevertheless,
> even though you can see in top that it's only 1 CPU in 100% (out of 8)
> the server eventually becomes useless and stops responding completely.
> So my question is, how does a user process hang the whole server? What
> system resources could MySQL be draining to make the server stop
> responding completely?

In laymans terms - can't do better - MySQL racing itself to obtain a (  
table | memory | file ) lock?

I know I can death-stall the MySQL server at a customer's site if I give  
it a big enough query ( like, DROPping a table, recreating it and pushing  
backup data inside ) while cron's hourly backup-dump is running on the  
database. Just the MySQL server, the machine itself hasn't stalled yet -  
but I'm sitting at the console while doing this, so I don't know what  
would eventually happen if I'd let it sit for a while.



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