Bug #791 At binlog rotation, INSERTs may not find their way into the binlog
Submitted: 4 Jul 2003 9:39 Modified: 14 Jul 2003 3:59
Reporter: Guilhem Bichot Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Server Severity:S1 (Critical)
Version:4.0 OS:Any (all)
Assigned to:

[4 Jul 2003 9:39] Guilhem Bichot
In new_file() (log.cc) I changed code to be like this:

+  if (save_log_type == LOG_BIN)
+  {
+    printf("after close, before open; I wait for 20 seconds\n");
+    sleep(20);
+    printf("sleep finished, opening\n");
+  }
  open(old_name, save_log_type, new_name_ptr, index_file_name, io_cache_type,
       no_auto_events, max_size);

new_file() is called when FLUSH LOGS is issued, or when the binlog exceeds max_binlog_size. Here we sleep between close() and open(), so for 20 seconds the log is marked "closed", i.e. is_open() is false.
While in sql_insert we have:
     if (mysql_bin_log.is_open())
	Query_log_event qinfo(thd, thd->query, thd->query_length,
	if (mysql_bin_log.write(&qinfo) && transactional_table)
So any INSERT issued during the 20 seconds silently does not go into the binlog.
Indeed, during the sleep I issued INSERT queries and 16 of them are not in the binlog when I finally SHOW BINLOG EVENTS in the old and new binlog.
This race condition is just very very serious and critical!

How to repeat:
Not repeatable except by changing the code or using a debugger to add breakpoints.

Suggested fix:
is_open() should take locks before reading log_type. I will fix it before 4.0.14 goes out.
[11 Jul 2003 5:29] Guilhem Bichot
Thank you for your bug report. This issue has been fixed in the latest
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fixed in ChangeSet 1.1514
[14 Jul 2003 2:21] Guilhem Bichot
Re-opened in the 4.0 bk tree after ChangeSet@1.1512.1.13, 2003-07-14 10:12:05+03:00.
Can be reproduced by adding a "sleep" in new_file() (see the initial bug report).
[14 Jul 2003 3:59] Michael Widenius
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The fix will appear in 4.0.14
[15 Mar 2011 4:44] Wei Zhang

My name is Wei, I am a grad student at Univ of Wisconsin, Madison. I am interested in studying some "intermediate patch"(aka the incomplete patch that didn't quite fix the bug at the first try) for a current research project.

Therefore, I am specially interested in how to get the one that is mentioned as "ChangeSet@1.1512.1.13" for this MySQL 791 bug.

However when I am trying to follow the link 
http://www.mysql.com/doc/en/Installing_source_tree.html, it seems that I cannot download anything from that website(I suspect that link ceases to function). 

I am wondering could you give me some more hints about how to get the MySQL version mentioned as "ChangeSet@1.1512.1.13".

Thanks a lot!

[15 Mar 2011 8:20] Wei Zhang
Hello again,

I did a little search myself, and realized that in order to check out the corresponding ChangeSet, I would need to use BitKeeper.
I couldn't find bk-client.shar as many links have suggested, however I did get a bk-client2.0, which roughly works. However it seems that bk://mysql.bkbits.net/ is not quite working, as I couldnt check out any version of mysql(such as 5.1, 5.2 or 4.0)

I understand that MySQL has moved from BitKeeper to Bazaar for the purpose of version control. I am curious if Bazaar will host all the Changesets previously handled by BitKeeper?


[15 Mar 2011 10:21] Guilhem Bichot
Hi Wei. Yes, all bitkeeper history has been preserved in the bazaar trees.
The "incomplete" fix in the bzr revision having this "ID":
Monty reverted this fix in:
and did another fix in:

As you want to see the incomplete fix:
bzr branch lp:mysql-server -r 'sp1r-guilhem@mysql.com-20030711122644-30671' incompl_fix
(all on a single line). This will download a version of MySQL with the incomplete fix and put it in directory "incompl_fix".
If you want to see the changes introduced by this incomplete fix, do
cd incompl_fix
bzr diff -c 'sp1r-guilhem@mysql.com-20030711122644-30671'
[16 Mar 2011 8:52] Wei Zhang
Hi Guilhem,

Thank you very much for the prompt reply? I followed your directions and checked out the corresponding version.

I have two questions after looking at the patch:

(1)If I understand this incomplete fix correctly: 
it mainly adds locks around close() and open() in the new_file() function; and for the is_open(1) function called by mysql_insert() in sql_insert.cc, it also uses lock to protect the checking on log_type.
Then it seems that the bug(atomicity violation) is solved by this fix:because even the new_file() function and is_open(1) are called simultaneously; due to the atomicity provided by this lock, is_open(1) will eventually see the log as not closed(thanks to the open() function). So I am curious why this patch didn't solve this problem ?

(2) I was trying to build this incomplete fix so that I can play around with it, however from the checkout version, I only got the source code but not the related Makefile.in , configure files etc. I have tried to copy those files around, but it seems there are still files missing. I am wondering where can I get a version for this incomplete patch that is equipped with all the necessary files to build from scratch.

Thank you very much!

[16 Mar 2011 14:47] Guilhem Bichot
1) yes the "incomplete" fix was fully correct as far as concurrency is concerned. But because it adds mutex locks to frequently called functions like is_open(), Monty thought it would slow down the system, so he did a different fix.
2) yes, "Makefile.in" and "configure" are missing. They have to be generated, from "Makefile.am" and "configure.in". Try to run BUILD/compile-pentium. If you want more control, try
./configure your_options

This is a code tree from 2003; I'm not sure it will build on your machine; if you have a recent gcc compiler, this compiler may not accept constructs which we used in 2003. Good luck!
[17 Mar 2011 0:12] Wei Zhang
Thank you very much Guilhem! It clears many of my doubts regarding the bug.
I will look into how to generate the configuration files,etc following your suggestions as well.

Thanks again!