MySQL speaks its own proprietary protocol. It cannot be routed by a HTTP proxy, and a MySQL connection is entire unlike a HTTP connection. Specifically, a lot of state and configuration is tied to a MySQL connection, and it cannot be recovered on disconnect.
What state is tied to a connection?
A disconnect implies a
ROLLBACK. So if you are in a
transaction, all changes to the database that you attempted are
lost, rolled back, as if they never happened. It is not enough
to retry the last statement, you need to jump back to the begin
of the transaction.
This is not unexpected. All transactions can fail, in the
middle of a transaction or even on
COMMIT (you attempt to
COMMIT, but get a
ROLLBACK due to a deadlock or a failed
transaction certification in Group Replication).
Applications need to be able to detect that and handle that at any point in time, by retrying the transaction.
When you disconnect from the database for any reasons, all lock
you held at that point in time are being released. This
includes all X- and S-Locks in InnoDB, all MyISAM table locks,
all ongoing metadata locks and of course also all object-less
locks aquired with
This makes a lot of sense and is a requirement - on disconnect, locks need to be released. Otherwise you would be constantly cleaning up locks left around after the process died, as if they were Apache Shared Memory Segments and stuff.
In MySQL, we generate sequences implicitly: You write a
0 to a field which has the auto_increment attribute and get
assigned a number. Now you need to know that number, so in a
followup statement you are referencing this as the
This ID is being cached in your connection, which is lost when you disconnect.
Using last_insert_id() looks like this:
KILL on the connection, this happens:
MySQL has the incredibly broken feature of
TABLE. These are tables that can shadow tables in the global
namespace, have different permissions, and disappear on
disconnect. They are also prone to breaking certain modes of
replication if there ever is a disconnect in the replication
connection while any of these tables is active. And they break
snapshots and backup recovery of the database server, for the
In general, the recommendatoon is to not use the
TEMPORARY TABLE feature at all because of these drawbacks.
Create regular tables in a temp schema instead and scope table
names with a
For the purposes of this discussion, temporary tables are connection scoped state, and if we used them, we would also lose them on disconnect.
Prepared statements (and parsed bytecode)
In MySQL, it is possible to store code in the database, using stored procedures, stored functions, and other constructs. The language for this is abysmally ugly, and the execution engine is on-par with PHP 3 from 1998, in terms of structure and performance. Parsed stuff is cached per-connection, which makes no sense at all. Also, in general, you do not want to run code on expensive and crowded database CPUs when you can have plenty of cheap and easy to scale CPUs in application nodes.
In general, the recommendatoon is to not use code in the database, if at all possible. For the purposes of this discussion, stored code caches are per-session and are lost on disconnect, but automatically recovered on reconnect (at a performance penalty).
In MySQL, many client side Connectors use the SQL Statement
PREPARE or a similar API mechanism to prepare a statement for
repeated execution. Later, a matching
EXECUTE in a loop will
bind it to variables and run the SQL. This is usually done more
or less transparently by the Protocol Connector your host
language uses underneath the database abstraction and ORM
interfaces you are using to talk to the database.
For the purposes of this discussion it is interesting to know that these prepared statements are part of the connection scoped state and will be lost on disconnect. Depending on how your connector implements this, recovery may be automatically, but usually isn’t in all cases.
Connections can be associated with variables. Some of these variables are under user control (@-Variables). This is dangerous, deprecated and can break certain modes of replication, but has been done in the past to make TopK queries efficient – use Window Functions from MySQL 8 instead.
For the purposes of this discussion, @-Variables are part of connection scoped state and are lost on disconnect.
Session Variables are configuration that controls the execution of queries. They are sometimes necessary to speed things up, to handle character sets properly, or to nudge the query optimizer into the right direction.
For this purposes of this discussion, these settings are part of the connection scoped state and are lost on disconnect. On reconnect, you must re-set the connection session level parameters to the desired state. Without this, the session state is identical to the global setup inherited on connect.
Magic SET commands
Old statement based replication had the problem of having to replicate stateful commands such as NOW(), RANDOM(), USER() and similar. When executing a command on the replica, the time would be different, the result of a call to RANDOM() would have a different seed state, and the current user would be the replication user and not the user who issues the original statement.
MySQL solved that by having a number of Magic SET commands, so that the statement
was being replicated as
and in this setup the
NOW() function would not return the
current time, but the time previously set with the Magic SET.
This is a connection scoped flag, and it is lost on disconnect.
If you use Magic SET commands, they are lost and need to be
re-set on reconnect.
- MySQL connections carry a lot of state, all of which is lost on disconnect.
- It is therefore completely impossible to transparently reconnect to a MySQL server in the Protocol Connector, a Proxy or other lower layers in the stack.
- The application needs to take notice and handle the reconnect properly, recreating the required state for the application to function.
- It then needs to restart the transaction, not the last statement.
- The database server you reconnect to may be different from the one you were connected to before, even if it has the same name – the DNS may have changed due to a failover being the reason for a disconnect.
- You need to re-resolve the hostname and be prepared to get a different IP number.
- Transactions can fail. Commits can fail. Deadlocks and Group Replication verification can cause this.
- You must not rely on SQL statements being successful, including the COMMIT statement, and you need to be able to detect such failures and restart transactions. This is possible even without a disconnect.