pt-heartbeat - Monitor MySQL replication delay.
pt-heartbeat [OPTION...] [DSN] --update|--monitor|--check|--stop
pt-heartbeat measures replication lag on a MySQL or PostgreSQL server. You can use it to update a master or monitor a replica. If possible, MySQL connection options are read from your .my.cnf file.
Start daemonized process to update test.heartbeat table on master:
pt-heartbeat -D test --update -h master-server --daemonize
Monitor replication lag on slave:
pt-heartbeat -D test --monitor -h slave-server pt-heartbeat -D test --monitor -h slave-server --dbi-driver Pg
Check slave lag once and exit (using optional DSN to specify slave host):
pt-heartbeat -D test --check h=slave-server
The following section is included to inform users about the potential risks, whether known or unknown, of using this tool. The two main categories of risks are those created by the nature of the tool (e.g. read-only tools vs. read-write tools) and those created by bugs.
pt-heartbeat merely reads and writes a single record in a table. It should be very low-risk.
At the time of this release, we know of no bugs that could cause serious harm to users.
The authoritative source for updated information is always the online issue tracking system. Issues that affect this tool will be marked as such. You can see a list of such issues at the following URL: http://www.percona.com/bugs/pt-heartbeat.
See also “BUGS” for more information on filing bugs and getting help.
pt-heartbeat is a two-part MySQL and PostgreSQL replication delay monitoring system that measures delay by looking at actual replicated data. This avoids reliance on the replication mechanism itself, which is unreliable. (For example, SHOW SLAVE STATUS on MySQL).
The first part is an --update instance of pt-heartbeat that connects to a master and updates a timestamp (“heartbeat record”) every --interval seconds. Since the heartbeat table may contain records from multiple masters (see “MULTI-SLAVE HIERARCHY”), the server’s ID (@@server_id) is used to identify records.
The second part is a --monitor or --check instance of pt-heartbeat that connects to a slave, examines the replicated heartbeat record from its immediate master or the specified --master-server-id, and computes the difference from the current system time. If replication between the slave and the master is delayed or broken, the computed difference will be greater than zero and potentially increase if --monitor is specified.
You must either manually create the heartbeat table on the master or use --create-table. See --create-table for the proper heartbeat table structure. The MEMORY storage engine is suggested, but not required of course, for MySQL.
The heartbeat table must contain a heartbeat row. By default, a heartbeat row is inserted if it doesn’t exist. This feature can be disabled with the --[no]insert-heartbeat-row option in case the database user does not have INSERT privileges.
pt-heartbeat depends only on the heartbeat record being replicated to the slave, so it works regardless of the replication mechanism (built-in replication, a system such as Continuent Tungsten, etc). It works at any depth in the replication hierarchy; for example, it will reliably report how far a slave lags its master’s master’s master. And if replication is stopped, it will continue to work and report (accurately!) that the slave is falling further and further behind the master.
pt-heartbeat has a maximum resolution of 0.01 second. The clocks on the master and slave servers must be closely synchronized via NTP. By default, --update checks happen on the edge of the second (e.g. 00:01) and --monitor checks happen halfway between seconds (e.g. 00:01.5). As long as the servers’ clocks are closely synchronized and replication events are propagating in less than half a second, pt-heartbeat will report zero seconds of delay.
pt-heartbeat will try to reconnect if the connection has an error, but will not retry if it can’t get a connection when it first starts.
The --dbi-driver option lets you use pt-heartbeat to monitor PostgreSQL as well. It is reported to work well with Slony-1 replication.
If the replication hierarchy has multiple slaves which are masters of other slaves, like “master -> slave1 -> slave2”, --update instances can be ran on the slaves as well as the master. The default heartbeat table (see --create-table) is keyed on the server_id column, so each server will update the row where server_id=@@server_id.
For --monitor and --check, if --master-server-id is not specified, the tool tries to discover and use the slave’s immediate master. If this fails, or if you want monitor lag from another master, then you can specify the --master-server-id to use.
For example, if the replication hierarchy is “master -> slave1 -> slave2” with corresponding server IDs 1, 2 and 3, you can:
pt-heartbeat --daemonize -D test --update -h master pt-heartbeat --daemonize -D test --update -h slave1
Then check (or monitor) the replication delay from master to slave2:
pt-heartbeat -D test --master-server-id 1 --check slave2
Or check the replication delay from slave1 to slave2:
pt-heartbeat -D test --master-server-id 2 --check slave2
Stopping the --update instance one slave1 will not affect the instance on master.
The default heartbeat table (see --create-table) has columns for saving information from SHOW MASTER STATUS and SHOW SLAVE STATUS. These columns are optional. If any are present, their corresponding information will be saved.
This tool accepts additional command-line arguments. Refer to the “SYNOPSIS” and usage information for details.
Prompt for a password when connecting to MySQL.
short form: -A; type: string
Default character set. If the value is utf8, sets Perl’s binmode on STDOUT to utf8, passes the mysql_enable_utf8 option to DBD::mysql, and runs SET NAMES UTF8 after connecting to MySQL. Any other value sets binmode on STDOUT without the utf8 layer, and runs SET NAMES after connecting to MySQL.
Check slave delay once and exit. If you also specify --recurse, the tool will try to discover slave’s of the given slave and check and print their lag, too. The hostname or IP and port for each slave is printed before its delay. --recurse only works with MySQL.
Read this comma-separated list of config files; if specified, this must be the first option on the command line.
Create the heartbeat --table if it does not exist.
CREATE TABLE heartbeat ( ts varchar(26) NOT NULL, server_id int unsigned NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, file varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL, -- SHOW MASTER STATUS position bigint unsigned DEFAULT NULL, -- SHOW MASTER STATUS relay_master_log_file varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL, -- SHOW SLAVE STATUS exec_master_log_pos bigint unsigned DEFAULT NULL -- SHOW SLAVE STATUS );
The heartbeat table requires at least one row. If you manually create the heartbeat table, then you must insert a row by doing:
INSERT INTO heartbeat (ts, server_id) VALUES (NOW(), N);
where N is the server’s ID; do not use @@server_id because it will replicate and slaves will insert their own server ID instead of the master’s server ID.
This is done automatically by --create-table.
A legacy version of the heartbeat table is still supported:
CREATE TABLE heartbeat ( id int NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, ts datetime NOT NULL );
Legacy tables do not support --update instances on each slave of a multi-slave hierarchy like “master -> slave1 -> slave2”. To manually insert the one required row into a legacy table:
INSERT INTO heartbeat (id, ts) VALUES (1, NOW());
The tool automatically detects if the heartbeat table is legacy.
See also “MULTI-SLAVE HIERARCHY”.
Fork to the background and detach from the shell. POSIX operating systems only.
short form: -D; type: string
The database to use for the connection.
default: mysql; type: string
Specify a driver for the connection; mysql and Pg are supported.
short form: -F; type: string
Only read mysql options from the given file. You must give an absolute pathname.
Print latest --monitor output to this file.
When --monitor is given, prints output to the specified file instead of to STDOUT. The file is opened, truncated, and closed every interval, so it will only contain the most recent statistics. Useful when --daemonize is given.
type: string; default: 1m,5m,15m
Timeframes for averages.
Specifies the timeframes over which to calculate moving averages when --monitor is given. Specify as a comma-separated list of numbers with suffixes. The suffix can be s for seconds, m for minutes, h for hours, or d for days. The size of the largest frame determines the maximum memory usage, as up to the specified number of per-second samples are kept in memory to calculate the averages. You can specify as many timeframes as you like.
Show help and exit.
short form: -h; type: string
Connect to host.
Insert a heartbeat row in the --table if one doesn’t exist.
The heartbeat --table requires a heartbeat row, else there’s nothing to --update, --monitor, or --check! By default, the tool will insert a heartbeat row if one is not already present. You can disable this feature by specifying --no-insert-heartbeat-row in case the database user does not have INSERT privileges.
type: float; default: 1.0
How often to update or check the heartbeat --table. Updates and checks begin on the first whole second then repeat every --interval seconds for --update and every --interval plus --skew seconds for --monitor.
For example, if at 00:00.4 an --update instance is started at 0.5 second intervals, the first update happens at 00:01.0, the next at 00:01.5, etc. If at 00:10.7 a --monitor instance is started at 0.05 second intervals with the default 0.5 second --skew, then the first check happens at 00:11.5 (00:11.0 + 0.5) which will be --skew seconds after the last update which, because the instances are checking at synchronized intervals, happened at 00:11.0.
The tool waits for and begins on the first whole second just to make the interval calculations simpler. Therefore, the tool could wait up to 1 second before updating or checking.
The minimum (fastest) interval is 0.01, and the maximum precision is two decimal places, so 0.015 will be rounded to 0.02.
If a legacy heartbeat table (see --create-table) is used, then the maximum precision is 1s because the ts column is type datetime.
Print all output to this file when daemonized.
Monitor slave delay continuously.
Specifies that pt-heartbeat should check the slave’s delay every second and report to STDOUT (or if --file is given, to the file instead). The output is the current delay followed by moving averages over the timeframe given in --frames. For example,
5s [ 0.25s, 0.05s, 0.02s ]
short form: -p; type: string
Password to use when connecting.
Create the given PID file when daemonized. The file contains the process ID of the daemonized instance. The PID file is removed when the daemonized instance exits. The program checks for the existence of the PID file when starting; if it exists and the process with the matching PID exists, the program exits.
short form: -P; type: int
Port number to use for connection.
Check slaves recursively to this depth in --check mode.
Try to discover slave servers recursively, to the specified depth. After discovering servers, run the check on each one of them and print the hostname (if possible), followed by the slave delay.
This currently works only with MySQL. See --recursion-method.
Preferred recursion method used to find slaves.
Possible methods are:
METHOD USES =========== ================ processlist SHOW PROCESSLIST hosts SHOW SLAVE HOSTS
The processlist method is preferred because SHOW SLAVE HOSTS is not reliable. However, the hosts method is required if the server uses a non-standard port (not 3306). Usually pt-heartbeat does the right thing and finds the slaves, but you may give a preferred method and it will be used first. If it doesn’t find any slaves, the other methods will be tried.
Use REPLACE instead of UPDATE for –update.
When running in --update mode, use REPLACE instead of UPDATE to set the heartbeat table’s timestamp. The REPLACE statement is a MySQL extension to SQL. This option is useful when you don’t know whether the table contains any rows or not. It must be used in conjunction with –update.
Time to run before exiting.
type: string; default: /tmp/pt-heartbeat-sentinel
Exit if this file exists.
type: string; default: wait_timeout=10000
Set these MySQL variables. Immediately after connecting to MySQL, this string will be appended to SET and executed.
type: float; default: 0.5
How long to delay checks.
The default is to delay checks one half second. Since the update happens as soon as possible after the beginning of the second on the master, this allows one half second of replication delay before reporting that the slave lags the master by one second. If your clocks are not completely accurate or there is some other reason you’d like to delay the slave more or less, you can tweak this value. Try setting the PTDEBUG environment variable to see the effect this has.
short form: -S; type: string
Socket file to use for connection.
Stop running instances by creating the sentinel file.
This should have the effect of stopping all running instances which are watching the same sentinel file. If none of --update, --monitor or --check is specified, pt-heartbeat will exit after creating the file. If one of these is specified, pt-heartbeat will wait the interval given by --interval, then remove the file and continue working.
You might find this handy to stop cron jobs gracefully if necessary, or to replace one running instance with another. For example, if you want to stop and restart pt-heartbeat every hour (just to make sure that it is restarted every hour, in case of a server crash or some other problem), you could use a crontab line like this:
0 * * * * :program:`pt-heartbeat` --update -D test --stop \ --sentinel /tmp/pt-heartbeat-hourly
The non-default --sentinel will make sure the hourly cron job stops only instances previously started with the same options (that is, from the same cron job).
See also --sentinel.
type: string; default: heartbeat
The table to use for the heartbeat.
Don’t specify database.table; use --database to specify the database.
Update a master’s heartbeat.
short form: -u; type: string
User for login if not current user.
Show version and exit.
These DSN options are used to create a DSN. Each option is given like option=value. The options are case-sensitive, so P and p are not the same option. There cannot be whitespace before or after the = and if the value contains whitespace it must be quoted. DSN options are comma-separated. See the percona-toolkit manpage for full details.
dsn: charset; copy: yes
Default character set.
dsn: database; copy: yes
dsn: mysql_read_default_file; copy: yes
Only read default options from the given file
dsn: host; copy: yes
Connect to host.
dsn: password; copy: yes
Password to use when connecting.
dsn: port; copy: yes
Port number to use for connection.
dsn: mysql_socket; copy: yes
Socket file to use for connection.
dsn: user; copy: yes
User for login if not current user.
The environment variable PTDEBUG enables verbose debugging output to STDERR. To enable debugging and capture all output to a file, run the tool like:
PTDEBUG=1 pt-heartbeat ... > FILE 2>&1
Be careful: debugging output is voluminous and can generate several megabytes of output.
You need Perl, DBI, DBD::mysql, and some core packages that ought to be installed in any reasonably new version of Perl.
For a list of known bugs, see http://www.percona.com/bugs/pt-heartbeat.
Please report bugs at https://bugs.launchpad.net/percona-toolkit. Include the following information in your bug report:
If possible, include debugging output by running the tool with PTDEBUG; see “ENVIRONMENT”.
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