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16.7.8. Implementing Failover with MySQL Cluster

In the event that the primary Cluster replication process fails, it is possible to switch over to the secondary replication channel. The following procedure describes the steps required to accomplish this.

  1. Obtain the time of the most recent global checkpoint (GCP). That is, you need to determine the most recent epoch from the apply_status table on the slave cluster, which can be found using the following query:

    mysqlS'> SELECT @latest:=MAX(epoch)
          ->        FROM cluster_replication.apply_status;
  2. Using the information obtained from the query shown in Step 1, obtain the corresponding records from the binlog_index table on the master cluster as shown here:

    mysqlM'> SELECT 
          ->     @file:=SUBSTRING_INDEX(File, '/', -1),
          ->     @pos:=Position
          -> FROM cluster_replication.binlog_index
          -> WHERE epoch > @latest
          -> ORDER BY epoch ASC LIMIT 1;

    These are the records saved on the master since the failure of the primary replication channel. We have employed a user variable @latest here to represent the value obtained in Step 1. Of course, it is not possible for one mysqld instance to access user variables set on another server instance directly. These values must be “plugged in” to the second query manually or in application code.

  3. Now it is possible to synchronize the secondary channel by running the following query on the secondary slave server:

          ->     MASTER_LOG_FILE='@file',
          ->     [email protected];

    Again we have employed user variables (in this case @file and @pos) to represent the values obtained in Step 2 and applied in Step 3; in practice these values must be inserted manually or using application code that can access both of the servers involved.

    Note that @file is a string value such as '/var/log/mysql/replication-master-bin.00001' and so must be quoted when used in SQL or application code. However, the value represented by @pos must not be quoted. Although MySQL normally attempts to convert strings to numbers, this case is an exception.

  4. You can now initiate replication on the secondary channel by issuing the appropriate command on the secondary slave mysqld:

    mysqlS'> START SLAVE;

Once the secondary replication channel is active, you can investigate the failure of the primary and effect repairs. The precise actions required to do this will depend upon the reasons for which the primary channel failed.

If the failure is limited to a single server, it should (in theory) be possible to replicate from M to S', or from M' to S; however, this has not yet been tested.

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