Enabling MySQL Slow Query Logging for Troubleshooting Job Performance Issues

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My archive jobs are running much slower than normal and loading the Retain mailbox is also slow.  What can I do to troubleshoot this?


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There are multiple factors that can be involved with slow archive jobs, see "Archive Jobs Running Very Slowly" and "Archive Job Performance Decreases Dramatically After Retain 2 to Retain 3 Migration".  This article simply provides one troubleshooting step that can be taken with MySQL.

1.  Edit themy.cnf(Linux) or my.ini (Windows).

2.  Uncomment the following lines or add them if missing.  The log file path is a Linux path in this example:

slow-query-log = 1(this enables the setting)
slow-query-log-file = /[path]/mysql-slow.log 

The path you provide needs to be a location to which MySQL is an owner and has the appropriate permissions, so specifying the datadir would make most sense.  To find the datadir, see "How to Find Your MySQL Data Directory Containing Your Retain Database".

Example: /data/mysql-archive/mysql-slow.log 

long_query_time = 1  (specify in seconds what constitutes a slow query - in this case, it is set to 1 second because any query over 1 second is very slow)
log-queries-not-using-indexes  (this is an optional setting but it can show you if a query is not using an index, thus also pointing to a missing index problem)

3.  Restart MySQL

rcmysql restart

4.  To make reading the slow query log easier, use the mysqldumpslow command to open it:  

sudo -i mysqldumpslow /[path]/mysql-slow.log 

Its advisable to enable slow-query-log while debugging only and disable it once you are done with it.

Additional Information

This article was originally published in the GWAVA knowledgebase as article ID 2335.