Bug #9998 MySQL client hangs on USE "database"
Submitted: 19 Apr 2005 13:04 Modified: 24 Jun 2005 2:58
Reporter: Stefan Hinz Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Server Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
Version:5.0 OS:N/A
Assigned to: Magnus Blåudd CPU Architecture:Any

[19 Apr 2005 13:04] Stefan Hinz
I wanted to test what happens when you try to get a lock on a table
that is locked by another thread, and I found this behaviour in 5.0.4:

1. Client A WRITE locks a MyISAM table in '<database>'.
2. Client B issues 'USE <database>' and hangs until the lock is released by client A. 'SHOW PROCESSLIST' issued in client A shows client B is in status 'LOCKED'.

I've asked on dev-public@ whether this is intended/expected behaviour, and Guilhem believes this is a bug:

What may have happened is that you used a 'mysql' command-line client, without the -A option. Then when you type "USE database;" your client wants to list all tables in this database, and all columns of these tables (this is for auto-completion to work). And probably it hangs in mysql_list_fields(), because that's reading the table's definition:

MASTER> show processlist;
| Id | User | Host      | db   | Command    | Time | State  | Info             |
|  2 | root | localhost | NULL | Query      |    0 | NULL   | show processlist |
|  3 | root | localhost | test | Field List |    3 | Locked |                  |

Now I'm far from sure that reading the table definition is supposed to block on a write lock. Normally a LOCK TABLES WRITE is just that you're updating _data_ (not metadata) and you don't want others to read data at this time.
And one more suspicious thing is... in 5.0 I can reproduce the hang but not in 4.1 :)

So I would file this as a bug!!

How to repeat:
See description.

Suggested fix:
Make it behave as in 4.1, i.e. not hang for client B. ;-)
[3 Jun 2005 13:29] Bugs System
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[7 Jun 2005 10:19] Magnus Blåudd
Pushed to 5.0.7
[24 Jun 2005 2:58] Jon Stephens
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Documented bugfix in 5.0.7 changelog; closed.