17.2.3. How Servers Evaluate Replication Filtering Rules

If a master server does not write a statement to its binary log, the statement is not replicated. If the server does log the statement, the statement is sent to all slaves and each slave determines whether to execute it or ignore it.

On the master, you can control which databases to log changes for by using the --binlog-do-db and --binlog-ignore-db options to control binary logging. For a description of the rules that servers use in evaluating these options, see Section, “Evaluation of Database-Level Replication and Binary Logging Options”. You should not use these options to control which databases and tables are replicated. Instead, use filtering on the slave to control the events that are executed on the slave.

On the slave side, decisions about whether to execute or ignore statements received from the master are made according to the --replicate-* options that the slave was started with. (See Section 17.1.3, “Replication and Binary Logging Options and Variables”.)

In the simplest case, when there are no --replicate-* options, the slave executes all statements that it receives from the master. Otherwise, the result depends on the particular options given.

Database-level options (--replicate-do-db, --replicate-ignore-db) are checked first; see Section, “Evaluation of Database-Level Replication and Binary Logging Options”, for a description of this process. If no matching database-level options are found, option checking proceeds to any table-level options that may be in use, as discussed in Section, “Evaluation of Table-Level Replication Options”.

To make it easier to determine what effect an option set will have, it is recommended that you avoid mixing “do” and “ignore” options, or wildcard and nonwildcard options. An example of the latter that may have unintended effects is the use of --replicate-do-db and --replicate-wild-do-table together, where --replicate-wild-do-table uses a pattern for the database name that matches the name given for --replicate-do-db. Suppose a replication slave is started with --replicate-do-db=dbx --replicate-wild-do-table=db%.t1. Then, suppose that on the master, you issue the statement CREATE DATABASE dbx. Although you might expect it, this statement is not replicated because it does not reference a table named t1.

If any --replicate-rewrite-db options were specified, they are applied before the --replicate-* filtering rules are tested.


In MySQL 5.5, database-level filtering options are case-sensitive on platforms supporting case sensitivity in filenames, whereas table-level filtering options are not (regardless of platform). This is true regardless of the value of the lower_case_table_names system variable.

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