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2M rows inserted using LOAD DATA INFILE to innodb takes 7.5min, and profiling shows 99% of that time is in "System lock".

Does this tell me anything useful?

   mysql> set profiling=1;
   Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

   Query OK, 1964807 rows affected, 8 warnings (7 min 27.35 sec)
   Records: 1964806  Deleted: 1  Skipped: 0  Warnings: 8

   mysql> show profile for query 1;
   | Status                       | Duration   |
   | starting                     |   0.000206 |
   | checking permissions         |   0.000015 |
   | Opening tables               |   0.000034 |
   | System lock                  | 447.327523 |
   | Waiting for query cache lock |   0.000352 |
   | query end                    |   0.000011 |
   | closing tables               |   0.000014 |
   | freeing items                |   0.000033 |
   | logging slow query           |   0.000007 |
   | logging slow query           |   0.000006 |
   | cleaning up                  |   0.000006 |
   11 rows in set (0.02 sec)
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According to the MySQL Documentation on General Thread States

The thread is going to request or is waiting for an internal or external system lock for the table. If this state is being caused by requests for external locks and you are not using multiple mysqld servers that are accessing the same MyISAM tables, you can disable external system locks with the --skip-external-locking option. However, external locking is disabled by default, so it is likely that this option will have no effect. For SHOW PROFILE, this state means the thread is requesting the lock (not waiting for it).

This should not be surprising since InnoDB does row-level locking. In addition, the gen_clust_index (a.k.a. Clustered Index) will experience Shared and Exclusive Locks on the Primary Key at some point.

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