MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual Including MySQL NDB Cluster 8.0

26.4.6 Pre-Filtering by Thread

The threads table contains a row for each server thread. Each row contains information about a thread and indicates whether monitoring is enabled for it. For the Performance Schema to monitor a thread, these things must be true:

The threads table also indicates for each server thread whether to perform historical event logging. This includes wait, stage, statement, and transaction events and affects logging to these tables:


For historical event logging to occur, these things must be true:

For foreground threads (resulting from client connections), the initial values of the INSTRUMENTED and HISTORY columns in threads table rows are determined by whether the user account associated with a thread matches any row in the setup_actors table. The values come from the ENABLED and HISTORY columns of the matching setup_actors table row.

For background threads, there is no associated user. INSTRUMENTED and HISTORY are YES by default and setup_actors is not consulted.

The initial setup_actors contents look like this:

mysql> SELECT * FROM performance_schema.setup_actors;
| %    | %    | %    | YES     | YES     |

The HOST and USER columns should contain a literal host or user name, or '%' to match any name.

The ENABLED and HISTORY columns indicate whether to enable instrumentation and historical event logging for matching threads, subject to the other conditions described previously.

When the Performance Schema checks for a match for each new foreground thread in setup_actors, it tries to find more specific matches first, using the USER and HOST columns (ROLE is unused):

The order in which matching occurs matters because different matching setup_actors rows can have different USER and HOST values. This enables instrumenting and historical event logging to be applied selectively per host, user, or account (user and host combination), based on the ENABLED and HISTORY column values:

The ENABLED and HISTORY columns in setup_actors rows can be set to YES or NO independent of one another. This means you can enable instrumentation separately from whether you collect historical events.

By default, monitoring and historical event collection are enabled for all new foreground threads because the setup_actors table initially contains a row with '%' for both HOST and USER. To perform more limited matching such as to enable monitoring only for some foreground threads, you must change this row because it matches any connection, and add rows for more specific HOST/USER combinations.

Suppose that you modify setup_actors as follows:

UPDATE performance_schema.setup_actors
WHERE HOST = '%' AND USER = '%';
INSERT INTO performance_schema.setup_actors
INSERT INTO performance_schema.setup_actors
INSERT INTO performance_schema.setup_actors

The UPDATE statement changes the default match to disable instrumentation and historical event collection. The INSERT statements add rows for more specific matches.

Now the Performance Schema determines how to set the INSTRUMENTED and HISTORY values for new connection threads as follows:

Modifications to the setup_actors table affect only foreground threads created subsequent to the modification, not existing threads. To affect existing threads, modify the INSTRUMENTED and HISTORY columns of threads table rows.