I have multiple java hibernate apps connecting to 1 single mysql DB. Sometimes some of the apps hangs on DB select query. I think it is because of many connections the apps are to DB and remains open. So, I changed variables 'wait_timeout=3' & 'interactive_timeout=3600' & 'max_connections=5000'. After that, I saw many errors/exceptions of not being able to connect to DB OR not being able to insert into DB. Therefore I reset all 3 above variables to their default values: 'wait_timeout=28800' & 'interactive_timeout=28800' & 'max_connections=151'. Now there is no error/exception but hangs of the apps. What should I do?


When the app hangs on a query, it is because of one of these things:

  • You are using MyISAM; switch to InnoDB.
  • Another query is blocking because it is locking something your "hung" query needs. Find it. Suggest SHOW FULL PROCESSLIST; as a quick way that sometimes finds the problem.
  • Your query is somehow slow. Let's see the query that is "hanging", plus SHOW CREATE TABLE.

max_connections = 5000 is generally unwise -- it can lead to problems of its own. wait_timeout = 3 is masking the problem without solving it.

  • @Rick_James How to analyze the result of 'SHOW FULL PROCESSLIST;', to see the locker query? – Mohsen Abasi Dec 16 '17 at 5:17
  • @MohsenAbasi - order them by time. The ones that have been running the longest (other than a couple of system tasks) may be the villain. Would you care to show us the PROCESSLIST. – Rick James Dec 16 '17 at 6:14
  • @Rick_James I think that the issue is not from another query lock. The connections count is high. Max_Connections is 151 and when I count threads of MySQL process (ps -T PIDofMySQL), it is 131. Do u agree with me that the connections limit is the issue? – Mohsen Abasi Dec 16 '17 at 7:26
  • @MohsenAbasi - PROCESSLIST is more useful than ps. – Rick James Dec 16 '17 at 19:13
  • @Rick_James $ mysql --login-path=dbpass -e"show processlist" | wc -l resulted in: '75' and '$ ps -T 31345 | wc -l' resulted in: '104' My max_connection var is '151'. However I can't run any new query!!!! – Mohsen Abasi Dec 17 '17 at 5:26

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