Bug #12481 Using NOW() in a stored function breaks statement based replication
Submitted: 10 Aug 2005 6:31 Modified: 18 Aug 2005 20:47
Reporter: Michael Widenius Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Server: Replication Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
Version:5.0 OS:
Assigned to: Michael Widenius

[10 Aug 2005 6:31] Michael Widenius
Using NOW() in a stored function breaks statement based replication.
(Stored procedures will replicate correctly in 5.0 GA)

How to repeat:
In one connection do:
select get_lock("test",2);

In another do:

delimiter ;;
drop function if exists f1;;
drop table if exists t1;;
create function f1() returns varchar(32)
  -- Wait one second to change time
  set @a=get_lock("test",2);
  return (select now());

create table t1 (a datetime,b datetime);;
insert into t1 values ("2003-03-03","2003-03-03"),(f1(),f1()),(now(),now());;
select a=b from t1;;
select * from t1;;

Suggested fix:
Make NOW() a constant for the duration of a stored function (like it will be in triggers and in functions invoked by triggers)
When we have row level replication, add a new function WALLCLOCK() that works like NOW() but is re-evaluated for each invocation. When WALLCLOCK() is used, this will force the statement to be replicated by row instead of by statement.

The advantages of this approach is:

- Easy to understand and document
- Predictable behavior (works the same in statements, functions and triggers)
- Will allow statement based replication to work with most stored functions
- NOW() will work for almost all cases, except for people that want to do time things in stored functions (not likely to be used in a production environment)
- WALLCLOCK() will allow one to easily get a different time per row while
  doing an update.

- Not compliant with standard SQL

Facts from other DMS:

- SQL server doesn't allow one to use NOW() in a function
  (so we are fine here)
- TRIGGERS will work as in MySQL

- SYSDATE() is re-evaluated for each statement row in a function
  (different, but by using wallclock() would allow one solve this easily)
- SYSDATE() is re-evaluated for each statement row in a trigger
  Against ANSI standard.
  (different, but by using wallclock() would allow one solve this easily)

Other possible ways to solve this:


Only let NOW() be a constant in functions that are marked DETERMINISTIC

- Would solve the replication problem
- Logical (as one shouldn't use a non determinstic function call in a
  function that is marked DETERMINISTIC

- Harder to document and understand


Add a status flag that allows the user to specify if NOW() should be
constant in a function or not.

- Hard to document and remember (for the user)
- Will be hard to agree on what should be default value of this status flag
- One can break replication by marking a function that uses NOW() DETERMINISTIC
  when the flag is not set
[10 Aug 2005 14:52] Aleksey Kishkin
verified against mysql 5.0.12-beta on suse linux 9.3
[15 Aug 2005 17:33] Michael Widenius
Thank you for your bug report. This issue has been committed to our
source repository of that product and will be incorporated into the
next release.

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[15 Aug 2005 17:34] Michael Widenius
Fix will be in 5.0.12
[18 Aug 2005 20:47] Mike Hillyer
Documented in 5.0.12 changelog:

<listitem><para><literal>NOW()</literal>, <literal>CURRENT_TIME</literal> and values generated by timestamp columns are now constant for the duration of a stored function. This prevents the breaking of statements-based replication. (Bug #12481)</para></listitem>