The STOP SLAVE and SHOW SLAVE STATUS commands can conflict due to a global lock in the situation where one thread on a slave attempts to execute a STOP SLAVE command, while a second thread on the slave is already running a command that takes a long time to execute.
If a STOP SLAVE command is given in this situation, it will wait and not complete execution until the long-executing thread has completed its task. If another thread now executes a SHOW SLAVE STATUS command while the STOP SLAVE command is waiting to complete, the SHOW SLAVE STATUS command will not be able to execute while the STOP SLAVE command is waiting.
This features modifies the SHOW SLAVE STATUS syntax to allow:
SHOW SLAVE STATUS NOLOCK
This will display the slave’s status as if there were no lock, allowing the user to detect and understand the situation that is occurring.
The information given when NOLOCK is used may be slightly inconsistent with the actual situation while the lock is being held.