ERROR 1180 (HY000): Got error 5 "Input/output error" during COMMIT While Importing a mysqldump

Published: June 11, 2020


Recently, when attempting to import a database backup taken with mysqldump, I experienced the following error:

ERROR 1180 (HY000) at line 23703: Got error 5 "Input/output error" during COMMIT

A quick Google search lead me to Percona’s “How Big Can Your Galera Transaction Be”, which suggested that this error can occur when attempting to commit a large amount of data in a transaction. I checked the MariaDB error logs and sure enough found record that that’s what was happening here:

200611 11:24:34 [Warning] WSREP: transaction size limit (2147483647) exceeded: 2147483648

Per the error message, the environment had wsrep_max_ws_size configured as 2147483647 (2 GB), which is as large is it can go1. It seemed strange to me that importing a mysqldump would lead to a 2 GB transaction. I took a quick look at line 23702 (the line right before the error). It looked like this:

INSERT INTO `quote_address` VALUES (17859663......);

I found it hard to believe that mysqldump would generate a 2 GB INSERT INTO statement, so I checked how many bytes were on that line:

$ zcat dump.sql.gz | tail -n +23702 | head -n 1 | wc -c

Not anywhere near 2GB.

I looked more closely at the dump and found this leading up to the first INSERT INTO statement for the quote_address table.

LOCK TABLES `quote_address` WRITE;
/*!40000 ALTER TABLE `quote_address` DISABLE KEYS */;
set autocommit=0;
INSERT INTO `quote_address` VALUES (6

The set autocommit=0 statement caught my eyes.

I did a little digging and found that the tool that was used for the backup used the --no-autocommit flag when running the dump. In a local environment I did some experimentation and found that what this does is wrap all the INSERT INTO statements for each table with a set autocommit=0 flag, followed by the INSERT INTO statements, and finally followed by a commit;.

set autocommit=0;

In other words, it was causing the entire table to be inserted in one transaction, rather than executing each INSERT INTO on a line-by-line basis (which is the default behavior when importing a mysqldump).

The benefit to this is that if the import process fails in the middle of a table, the table will not be left with partial data. However, in our case the problem it was causing was much worse than the benefit.

I suggested we pipe the mysqldump file through sed to strip out the set autocommit=0 and commit; statements prior to sending to MariaDB.

zcat dump.sql.gz | sed '/set autocommit=0;/d' | sed '/commit;/d' | mysql mydb

Using this strategy we were able to import the backup successfully.


1 . Percona’s blog post does suggest you may still be able to increase the limit beyond 2 GB, although I haven’t personally tested it.

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