Where would I set the maximum time a query will wait for a lock in MySQL 5.0.68 before timing out?


Other timeout settings that are general (not just for locks, since innodb_lock_wait_timeout only applies to InnoDB row locks) would be wait_timeout and interactive_timeout (both default to 28,800)


By default, it is 50 seconds

Just set innodb_lock_wait_timeout as needed.

  • How to set this parameter permanently?
    – Hari
    Nov 18 '20 at 16:49
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    @Hari For MySQL 8, you can run SET PERSIST innodb_lock_wait_timetout = 120;. For MySQL 5.x, you can run SET GLOBAL innodb_lock_wait_timetout = 120; and add the line innodb_lock_wait_timetout = 12; under the [mysqld] group header in your my.cnf so the value would be resused on the next restart of mysqld. Nov 18 '20 at 16:56
  • Thank you @RolandoMySQLDBA
    – Hari
    Nov 18 '20 at 17:27

If you hit the 50-sec InnoDB timeout, you have a poorly designed application!

That timeout exists to catch naughty things that cannot be caught any other way.

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    Or due to errors, I've an extremely busy mysql and mariadb server and deadlocks are a normal thing ot happen all the time. Even if "impossible". If you have a hundred million rows and ten thousands of sql command every second you'll find every sort of bug in mysql (crashes) as well as deadlocks of various sorts.
    – John
    Dec 19 '18 at 19:15
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    It depens to the situation. From the mysql docs: You might decrease this value for highly interactive applications or OLTP systems, to display user feedback quickly or put the update into a queue for processing later. You might increase this value for long-running back-end operations, such as a transform step in a data warehouse that waits for other large insert or update operations to finish.
    – g4b0
    Sep 5 '19 at 7:38
  • Checking that application is poorly built...yep! Dec 18 '19 at 20:33

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