Is there anyway I can get the last updated time of a set of tables? By last updated time, I mean not only when the table's schema changed but when any of the rows changed or even when rows were created/deleted in the given set of tables.

I tried both SELECT * FROM information_schema.tables and SHOW TABLE STATUS FROM myDb and I only see the create_time which is only when table was created.

I can alternatively create triggers like:

  UPDATE table_updates SET update_time = now() WHERE table_name = tbl1

But, now I have to repeat this over and over for deletes, updates, creations and schema changes. And, I want to automate this for all my tables!

  • Have you considered the binary log as a source? Oct 6, 2014 at 21:22
  • @Michael-sqlbot: This is not some one time tool I am building (else I would consider parsing the bin log). I want this for some live APIs (so something from metadat tables and/or triggers are needed)
    – pathikrit
    Oct 6, 2014 at 21:57
  • @Michael-sqlbot: Also, this should work for copied databases too (i.e. binlog may not be copied over or exist).
    – pathikrit
    Oct 6, 2014 at 22:11
  • I'm not sure what you mean by "copied" databases. Oct 7, 2014 at 0:56

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I got some interesting news for you. You cannot use information_schema.tables because it does not track changes to InnoDB tables.

The best way to find out when a table changed is to go to the OS and get the most recent timestamp of each table. Rather than plagiarize my own posts, here are my posts where I show you how to do this

Give Them a Try !!!

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