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How to log slow queries on Slave in MySQL 5.0 with pt-query-digest

 | March 20, 2014 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs, MySQL, Percona Toolkit


Working as a Percona Support Engineer, every day we are seeing lots of issues related to MySQL replication. One very common issue is slave lagging. There are many reasons for slave lag but one common reason is that queries are taking more time on slave then master. How to check and log those long-running queries?  From MySQL 5.1, log-slow-slave-statements variable was introduced, which you can enable on slave and log slow queries. But what if you want to log slow queries on slave in earlier versions like MySQL 5.0?  There is a good solution/workaround: pt-query-digest. How? let’s take a look….

If you want to log all queries that are running on slave (including those, running by sql thread), you can use pt-query-digest with —processlist and –print (In pt-query-digest 2.1.9) OR –output (In pt-query-digest 2.2.7) options and log all queries in specific file. I have tested it in my local environment and it works.

You can start pt-query-digest like below on Slave,

Run some long running queries on Master,


and you’ll see the output on Slave like this,

You can also run pt-query-digest in background like a daemon and send output to the specific file like slow.log and review it.

i.e /percona-toolkit-2.1.9/bin/pt-query-digest –processlist u=msandbox,p=msandbox,S=/tmp/mysql_sandbox34498.sock –print –no-report > slow.log 2>&1


i.e /percona-toolkit-2.2.7/bin/pt-query-digest –processlist u=msandbox,p=msandbox,S=/tmp/mysql_sandbox34498.sock –no-report –output=slowlog > slow.log 2>&1

Here, the default output will be just like slow query log. If we have master-master replication where every master is slave too and we want to log only those statements that are executing by sql_thread then –filter option can be used like this:

pt-query-digest –filter ‘$event->user eq “system user”‘ –no-report –output=slowlog

Since pt-query-digest–processlist polls 10 times/second ( –interval option), it’s not reliable to use for collecting complete query logs, because quick queries could fall in between the polling intervals. And in any case, it won’t measure query time with precision any better than 1/10th of a second. But if the goal is to identify queries that are very long-running, it should be adequate.

Nilnandan Joshi

Nilnandan officially started with Percona as a Support Engineer. Before joining Percona, he has worked as a MySQL Database administrator with different types of service based companies managing high-traffic websites and web applications. Nilnandan has extensive experience in database design and development, database management, client management, security/documentations/training, implementing DRM solutions, automating backups and high availability. Nilnandan is based at Pune (India). In his spare time, he likes to listen Indian classical/semi-classical music, watching tv, playing cricket/badminton and hang out with his family.

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