pt-stalk fails when there is too many connection

Bug #1046966 reported by Jose on 2012-09-06
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Bug Description

is it possible to have a persistent connection to mysql?, cause sometimes it fails to connect/collect data when event is triggered.

 pt-stalk --threshold 900 --variable Threads_running
2012_09_06_17_41_41 Check results: Threads_running=584, matched=no, cycles_true=0
2012_09_06_17_41_42 Check results: Threads_running=780, matched=no, cycles_true=0
mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed
error: 'Too many connections'
2012_09_06_17_41_57 Detected value is empty; something failed? Trigger exit status: 0
2012_09_06_17_41_57 Check results: Threads_running=, matched=no, cycles_true=0
mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed
error: 'Too many connections'

Brian Fraser (fraserbn) on 2012-09-10
Changed in percona-toolkit:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Daniel Nichter (daniel-nichter) wrote :

This general bug is appearing more and more, and being mentioned by more people, what I would call "connection resiliency". For example: bug 1046483. It is, however, a big engineering task because the major tools can have lots of connections, some of which are "primary", others "auxiliary". And each possible point of failure needs to be carefully considered: is the original operation idempotent? I.e. can we re-connect, re-execute, and carry on? And are half failures/successes possible? Etc. etc. The general motivation is good though: don't let connection "hiccups" kill the whole tool, especially long-running tools.

tags: added: error-recovery pt-stalk
Changed in percona-toolkit:
importance: Wishlist → Undecided
Fernando Ipar (fipar) wrote :


I don't think it's the same error. bug 1046483 is about a connection being killed, while this one is about mysql and mysqladmin failing due to 'too many connections' errors that may happen if Threads_connected is too close (or over) max_connections.

I've linked a POC branch I've just made where collect checks the Threads_connected and max_connections, and if there are less than 10 available connections, does not send captures to the background. It worked on my manual simple tests (Just pt-stalk --no-stalk --iterations 1 , with enough connections, and with just 1 available), but again, it's just a POC :)

Percona now uses JIRA for bug reports so this bug report is migrated to:

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