I have a mysql 8.0.31 running in docker form (the server is running ubuntu) the problem i am having is that after each backup that i run (i run it every hour) the ram consumption increases and never decreases. Its consuming around 500mb of ram after each backup. So at the end of the day its consuming all the ram of my server and i am having to do a docker restart of the database

the way i am doing the backup is the following

docker exec container-name /usr/bin/mysqldump -u database-name --password=xxxxxx -R --databases name_of_database > ./name_of_file.sql

The conf file looks like this:

slow_query_log = 1 
slow_query_log_file = /var/log/mysql/file_for_logs.log 
long_query_time = 5
innodb_buffer_pool_size = 4G

any ideas of what could be wrong?

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innodb_buffer_pool_size must be less than the RAM (or virtual RAM) size. If you gave docker 4G, 2G might be a safe setting. If you gave it more, then 70% of RAM.

  • Thank you for your answer, the server has 16gb of ram. I gave it 4GB for innodb_buffer_pool_size, thats what makes it weird. The docker does not have a limit for ram and I only have this container running on this server and theres nothing else there. It just keeps using more and more ram, to the point where it eats up all of the 16GB of ram and makes the server crash. What I have noticed is that after each backup it increases ram usage by around 500mb and it never releases it Commented Jan 30 at 21:11
  • See if lowering max_connections to 50 helps. That is the second most likely setting for controlling RAM use. Also, check SHOW GLOBAL STATUS LIKE 'Max_used_connections'; Oh, maybe ther performance_schema is getting greedy. (Sorry I don't know what setting to check and change.)
    – Rick James
    Commented Jan 30 at 23:12
  • thank you Its just that I cannot have so little connections. I will check the max_used_connections, Im thinking some parameter is wrong as the ram increase only happens after a backup but is never freed Commented Feb 1 at 12:24

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