14.6.5. Using MySQL Proxy

There are a number of different ways to use MySQL Proxy. At the most basic level, you can allow MySQL Proxy to pass queries from clients to a single server. To use MySQL Proxy in this mode, you just have to specify on the command line the backend server to which the proxy should connect:

shell> mysql-proxy --proxy-backend-addresses=sakila:3306

If you specify multiple backend MySQL servers, the proxy connects each client to each server in a round-robin fashion. Suppose that you have two MySQL servers, A and B. The first client to connect is connected to server A, the second to server B, the third to server A. For example:

shell> mysql-proxy \
     --proxy-backend-addresses=narcissus:3306 \

When you specify multiple servers in this way, the proxy automatically identifies when a MySQL server has become unavailable and marks it accordingly. New connections are automatically attached to a server that is available, and a warning is reported to the standard output from mysql-proxy:

network-mysqld.c.367: connect(nostromo:3306) failed: Connection refused
network-mysqld-proxy.c.2405: connecting to backend (nostromo:3306) failed, marking it as down for ...

Lua scripts enable a finer level of control, both over the connections and their distribution and how queries and result sets are processed. When using an Lua script, you must specify the name of the script on the command line using the --proxy-lua-script option:

shell> mysql-proxy --proxy-lua-script=mc.lua --proxy-backend-addresses=sakila:3306

When you specify a script, the script is not executed until a connection is made. This means that faults with the script are not raised until the script is executed. Script faults will not affect the distribution of queries to backend MySQL servers.


Because a script is not read until the connection is made, you can modify the contents of the Lua script file while the proxy is still running and the modified script is automatically used for the next connection. This ensures that MySQL Proxy remains available because it need not be restarted for the changes to take effect.

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