Bug #16918 Aborted_clients > Connections
Submitted: 30 Jan 2006 22:48 Modified: 23 Oct 2007 0:22
Reporter: Olaf van der Spek (Basic Quality Contributor) Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Server: General Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
Version:5.0.19-BK, 5.0.16 OS:Linux (Linux, Windows)
Assigned to: Alexander Nozdrin CPU Architecture:Any
Tags: bfsm_2007_08_02, qc

[30 Jan 2006 22:48] Olaf van der Spek
show status
917450: Aborted_clients
476260: Connections  

How can Aborted_clients be greater than Connections?


> Aborted_clients 
> The number of connections that were aborted because the client died without 
> closing the connection properly. See Section A.2.10, “Communication Errors and 
> Aborted Connections”. 

> Connections 
> The number of connection attempts (successful or not) to the MySQL server. 

How to repeat:
[31 Jan 2006 12:45] MySQL Verification Team
Could you please verify if the server increments the aborted_client
status variables when affected for the situations mentioned at:


 If Aborted connections messages appear in the error log, the cause can be any of the following:


      The client program did not call mysql_close() before exiting.

      The client had been sleeping more than wait_timeout or interactive_timeout seconds without issuing any requests to the server. See Section 5.2.2, “Server System Variables”.

      The client program ended abruptly in the middle of a data transfer.

When any of these things happen, the server increments the Aborted_clients status variable. 

Thank you in advance.
[31 Jan 2006 12:49] Olaf van der Spek
> Could you please verify if the server increments the aborted_client
> status variables when affected for the situations mentioned at:

I could, but what would that 'proof'?
Aborted_clients is too high, not too low.
So either Aborted_clients is incremented multiple times per connection or Connections is not (always) incremented.
[31 Jan 2006 13:00] MySQL Verification Team
That proof that the clients aren't using mysql_close, they are exceeding
the timeout and so on.
[31 Jan 2006 13:04] Olaf van der Spek
But I'm not asking why Aborted_clients is so high.
I'm asking why it's higher than Connections itself.

Connections is the number of created connections. How can you abort more connections than you create?
[31 Jan 2006 14:25] Valeriy Kravchuk
And what is the value of Threads_created status variable and thread_cache_size server variable? Had you flushed status since startup?
[31 Jan 2006 14:30] Olaf van der Spek
484112: Threads_created 
0: thread cache size
[31 Jan 2006 14:35] Olaf van der Spek
I may have used flush status, but I'm not sure.
[31 Jan 2006 15:34] MySQL Verification Team
Could you please please provide the output of show status and show

Thanks in advance.
[31 Jan 2006 17:38] Olaf van der Spek
See attached file.
[1 Feb 2006 9:39] Valeriy Kravchuk
It looks like a bug for me. But we need a repeatable test case. So, please, try to repeat the problem after server restart (I was not able to do it yet). The uname -a results for your system may be also useful.
[1 Feb 2006 10:21] Olaf van der Spek
Linux xwis.net 2.6.12-1-686-smp #1 SMP Tue Sep 27 13:10:31 JST 2005 i686 GNU/Linux

I'll try to produce a repeatable test case.
[1 Feb 2006 10:29] Olaf van der Spek
Got it. I you don't call mysql_close, aborted is increased twice.
OS -> * as Windows is affected too.
[1 Feb 2006 11:36] Valeriy Kravchuk
You a right! Verified with 5.0.19-BK (ChangeSet@1.2015.1.1, 2006-01-30 22:52:15+03:00) on Linux, and with some older version on Windows.

To repeat, just open mysql session, execute SHOW STATUS to get Aborted_clients and Connections values, store them, then kill -9 the mysql process (or just close the cmd.exe window where it runs, in case of Windows). In the new mysql session execute SHOW STATUS to get the same values. You will see:

mysql> show status like 'Aborted%';
| Variable_name    | Value |
| Aborted_clients  | 2     |
| Aborted_connects | 0     |
2 rows in set (0.01 sec)

mysql> show status like 'Conn%';
| Variable_name | Value |
| Connections   | 5     |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Connections incremented by 1, and Aborted_clients incremented by 2. It is either a bug or a documentation request.
[13 Sep 2007 13:29] Bugs System
A patch for this bug has been committed. After review, it may
be pushed to the relevant source trees for release in the next
version. You can access the patch from:


ChangeSet@1.2524, 2007-09-13 17:30:44+04:00, anozdrin@station. +2 -0
  Bug#16918: Aborted_clients > Connections.
  The problem was that aborted_threads variable was updated
  twice when a client connection had been aborted.
  The fix is to refactor a code to have aborted_threads updated
  only in one place.
[13 Sep 2007 14:04] Alexander Nozdrin
Pushed into 5.0-runtime.
[19 Oct 2007 18:53] Bugs System
Pushed into 5.1.23-beta
[19 Oct 2007 18:54] Bugs System
Pushed into 5.0.52
[23 Oct 2007 0:22] Paul DuBois
Noted in 5.0.52, 5.1.23 changelogs.

The Aborted_clients status variable was incremented twice if a client
exited without calling mysql_close().