Bootstrapping the First Node

After you configure all PXC nodes, initialize the cluster by bootstrapping the first node. The initial node should be the one that contains all your data, which you want to be replicated to other nodes.

Bootstrapping implies starting the node without any known cluster addresses. If the wsrep_cluster_address variable is empty, Percona XtraDB Cluster assumes that this is the first node and initializes the cluster.

Instead of changing the configuration, start the first node using the following command:

[root@pxc1 ~]# /etc/init.d/mysql bootstrap-pxc


On RHEL or CentOS 7, use the following bootstrap command:

[root@pxc1 ~]# systemctl start mysql@bootstrap.service

When you start the node using the previous command, it runs in bootstrap mode with wsrep_cluster_address=gcomm://. This tells the node to initialize the cluster with wsrep_cluster_conf_id set to 1. After you add other nodes to the cluster, you can then restart this node as normal, and it will use standard configuration again.

To make sure that the cluster has been initialized, run the following:

mysql@pxc1> show status like 'wsrep%';
| Variable_name              | Value                                |
| wsrep_local_state_uuid     | c2883338-834d-11e2-0800-03c9c68e41ec |
| ...                        | ...                                  |
| wsrep_local_state          | 4                                    |
| wsrep_local_state_comment  | Synced                               |
| ...                        | ...                                  |
| wsrep_cluster_size         | 1                                    |
| wsrep_cluster_status       | Primary                              |
| wsrep_connected            | ON                                   |
| ...                        | ...                                  |
| wsrep_ready                | ON                                   |
40 rows in set (0.01 sec)

The previous output shows that the cluster size is 1 node, it is the primary component, the node is in Synced state, it is fully connected and ready for write-set replication.

Before adding other nodes to your new cluster, create a user for SST and provide necessary privileges for it. The credentials must match those specified when Configuring Nodes for Write-Set Replication.

mysql@pxc1> CREATE USER 'sstuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'passw0rd';

For more information, see Privileges for Percona XtraBackup.

Next Steps

After initializing the cluster, you can add other nodes.