How long it may take MySQL with Innodb tables to shut down ? It can be quite a while.
In default configuration innodb_fast_shutdown=ON the main job Innodb has to do to complete shutdown is flushing dirty buffers. The number of dirty buffers in the buffer pool varies depending on innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct as well as workload and innodb_log_buffer_size and can be anywhere from 10 to 90% in the real life workloads. Innodb_buffer_pool_pages_dirty status will show you the actual data. Now the flush speed also depends on number of factors. First it is your storage configuration – you may be looking at less than 200 writes/sec for single entry level hard drive to tens of thousands of writes/sec for high end SSD card. Flushing can be done using multiple threads (in XtraDB and Innodb Plugin at least) so it scales well with multiple hard drives. The second important variable is your workload, especially how dirty pages would line up on the hard drive. If there are a lot of sequential pages which are dirty Innodb will be able to use larger size IOs – up to 1MB flushing dirty pages which can be a lot faster than flushing data page by page.
So if we have system with single hard drive doing 200 IO/ssc, 48G buffer pool which is 90% dirty and completely random page writes we’ll look at 13500 seconds or about 5min per 1GB of Buffer pool size.
This is worse case scenario though it is quite common in practice to see shutdown time of about 1min per GB of buffer pool per hard drive.
Baron has written a nice post how to decrease innodb shutdown time which you may want to read on this topic.
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