Whilst working with a client recently I noticed a large number of temporary tables being created on disk.
show global status like 'Created_tmp%' | Created_tmp_disk_tables | 91970 | | Created_tmp_files | 19624 | | Created_tmp_tables | 1617031 |
Looking at a 60 second sample showed there was a steady flow of queries creating disk based tables.
mysqladmin ext -ri60 | Created_tmp_disk_tables | 74 | | Created_tmp_files | 3 | | Created_tmp_tables | 357 |
The microslow patch adds a very useful feature, the ability to log queries by execution plan.
Log only the queries that followed certain execution plan. Multiple flags allowed in a comma-separated string. [qc_miss, full_scan, full_join, tmp_table, tmp_table_on_disk, filesort, filesort_on_disk]
So now all I had to do was set the filter to â€œtmp_table_on_disk,filesort_on_diskâ€ and I would get only those which use on-disk temporary storage for intermediate results.
SET GLOBAL log_slow_filter:= â€œtmp_table_on_disk,filesort_on_diskâ€;
Wait a couple of minutes and then set the filter to an empty string to stop collection.
SET GLOBAL log_slow_filter:="";
Then it was just a question of examining the slow query log and fixing the queries.
More information about the patches is available here http://www.percona.com/percona-lab.html