21.7.1. Performance Schema Setup Tables

The setup tables provide information about the current instrumentation and enable the monitoring configuration to be changed. For this reason, some columns in these tables can be changed if you have the UPDATE privilege.

The use of tables rather than individual variables for setup information provides a high degree of flexibility in modifying Performance Schema configuration. For example, you can use a single statement with standard SQL syntax to make multiple simultaneous configuration changes.

This group contains tables with names that match the pattern 'setup%':

    -> WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA = 'performance_schema'
    -> AND TABLE_NAME LIKE 'setup%';
| TABLE_NAME        |
| setup_consumers   |
| setup_instruments |
| setup_timers      |

The setup_consumers table lists destination tables for event information:

mysql> SELECT * FROM setup_consumers;
| NAME                                         | ENABLED |
| events_waits_current                         | YES     |
| events_waits_history                         | YES     |
| events_waits_history_long                    | YES     |
| events_waits_summary_by_thread_by_event_name | YES     |
| events_waits_summary_by_event_name           | YES     |
| events_waits_summary_by_instance             | YES     |
| file_summary_by_event_name                   | YES     |
| file_summary_by_instance                     | YES     |

The setup_consumers table has these columns:

  • NAME

    The consumer name. This is the name of a table in the performance_schema database.


    Whether the consumer is enabled. This column can be modified. If you disable a consumer, the server does not spend time adding event information to it.

Disabling the events_waits_current consumer disables everything else that depends on waits, such as the events_waits_history and events_waits_history_long tables, and all summary tables.

The setup_instruments table lists classes of instrumented objects for which events can be collected:

mysql> SELECT * FROM setup_instruments;
| NAME                                                       | ENABLED | TIMED |
| wait/synch/mutex/sql/PAGE::lock                            | YES     | YES   |
| wait/synch/mutex/sql/TC_LOG_MMAP::LOCK_sync                | YES     | YES   |
| wait/synch/mutex/sql/TC_LOG_MMAP::LOCK_active              | YES     | YES   |
| wait/synch/mutex/sql/TC_LOG_MMAP::LOCK_pool                | YES     | YES   |
| wait/synch/mutex/sql/LOCK_des_key_file                     | YES     | YES   |
| wait/synch/mutex/sql/MYSQL_BIN_LOG::LOCK_index             | YES     | YES   |

Each instrument added to the source code provides a row for this table, even when the instrumented code is not executed. When an instrument is enabled and executed, instrumented instances are created, which are visible in the *_INSTANCES tables.

The setup_instruments table has these columns:

  • NAME

    The instrument name. Instrument names have multiple parts and form a hierarchy, as discussed in Section 21.5, “Performance Schema Event Instrument Naming Conventions”. Events produced from execution of an instrument have an EVENT_NAME value that is taken from the instrument NAME value. (Events do not really have a “name,” but this provides a way to associate events with instruments.)


    Whether the instrument is enabled. This column can be modified. A disabled instrument produces no events.


    Whether the instrument is timed. This column can be modified.

    If an enabled instrument is not timed, the instrument code is enabled, but the timer is not. Events produced by the instrument have NULL for the TIMER_START, TIMER_END, and TIMER_WAIT timer values. This in turn causes those values to be ignored when calculating the sum, minimum, maximum, and average time values in summary tables.

The setup_timers table shows the currently selected event timer:

mysql> SELECT * FROM setup_timers;
| wait | CYCLE      |

The setup_timers.TIMER_NAME value can be changed to select a different timer. The value can be any of the performance_timers.TIMER_NAME values. For an explanation of how event timing occurs, see Section 21.4, “Performance Schema Event Timing”.

The setup_timers table has these columns:

  • NAME

    The type of instrument the timer is used for.


    The timer that applies to the instrument type.

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