MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual Including MySQL NDB Cluster 8.0

17.5.1.21 Replication and MEMORY Tables

When a source server shuts down and restarts, its MEMORY tables become empty. To replicate this effect to replicas, the first time that the source uses a given MEMORY table after startup, it logs an event that notifies replicas that the table must be emptied by writing a DELETE statement for that table to the binary log. This generated event is identifiable by a comment in the binary log, and if GTIDs are in use on the server, it has a GTID assigned.

When a replica server shuts down and restarts, its MEMORY tables become empty. This causes the replica to be out of synchrony with the source and may lead to other failures or cause the replica to stop:

The safe way to restart a replica that is replicating MEMORY tables is to first drop or delete all rows from the MEMORY tables on the source and wait until those changes have replicated to the replica. Then it is safe to restart the replica.

An alternative restart method may apply in some cases. When binlog_format=ROW, you can prevent the replica from stopping if you set slave_exec_mode=IDEMPOTENT before you start the replica again. This allows the replica to continue to replicate, but its MEMORY tables will still be different from those on the source. This can be okay if the application logic is such that the contents of MEMORY tables can be safely lost (for example, if the MEMORY tables are used for caching). slave_exec_mode=IDEMPOTENT applies globally to all tables, so it may hide other replication errors in non-MEMORY tables.

(The method just described is not applicable in NDB Cluster, where slave_exec_mode is always IDEMPOTENT, and cannot be changed.)

The size of MEMORY tables is limited by the value of the max_heap_table_size system variable, which is not replicated (see Section 17.5.1.38, “Replication and Variables”). A change in max_heap_table_size takes effect for MEMORY tables that are created or updated using ALTER TABLE ... ENGINE = MEMORY or TRUNCATE TABLE following the change, or for all MEMORY tables following a server restart. If you increase the value of this variable on the source without doing so on the replica, it becomes possible for a table on the source to grow larger than its counterpart on the replica, leading to inserts that succeed on the source but fail on the replica with Table is full errors. This is a known issue (Bug #48666). In such cases, you must set the global value of max_heap_table_size on the replica as well as on the source, then restart replication. It is also recommended that you restart both the source and replica MySQL servers, to ensure that the new value takes complete (global) effect on each of them.

See Section 16.3, “The MEMORY Storage Engine”, for more information about MEMORY tables.