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Provide replication lag as a database function
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There should be a function tools.replag() (can MySQL tie functions to a database?) that provides the replication lag in seconds, and maybe another function tools.lastrepupdate() that returns "NOW() - replag()".

It should be a "SECURITY DEFINER" function that queries "SHOW SLAVE STATUS.Seconds_Behind_Master" (cf. mediawiki/core:includes/db/DatabaseMysql.php). This is preferable to the Toolserver method of querying recentchanges as it gives a more accurate picture of the actual replication lag. has some information that this query should be possible, though not trivial.

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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Needs Triage.Nov 22 2014, 1:18 AM
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scfc created this task.May 20 2013, 4:59 AM
scfc added a comment.Feb 14 2014, 1:43 PM

I wondered what effect multi-hop replication like in LabsDB (production DBs => sanitizer => LabsDB) has on Seconds_Behind_Master, and Sean said that for this reason WMF uses So a database function as proposed in this bug should probably query the heartbeat record instead.

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jcrespo added a subscriber: jcrespo.Oct 5 2015, 9:37 AM

This will be possible very soon due to: T111266, and that may even be a duplicate of this.

jcrespo closed this task as Resolved.Apr 22 2016, 1:17 PM
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Already provided by T71463 (both on labs and on production). If that needs an web API/programing binding, please have a look at and T106151.

scfc changed the task status from Resolved to Declined.Apr 24 2016, 3:42 AM

@scfc Why declined? the functionality has been implemented on the database. Do you really need a "MySQL function" instead of a table?

scfc added a comment.Apr 25 2016, 9:47 AM

@jcrespo: Just trying to be accurate. If someone looks at this task "Provide replication lag as a database function" with the status "Resolved", they expect such a database function to exist, and the task description would suggest that it directly reflects internal MySQL status. T71463 is much more useful for real-life tools, but is something different than this task.

jcrespo added a comment.EditedApr 25 2016, 9:56 AM

The important thing that worries me, @scfc, are you satisfied with that implementation (even if it does not exactly follow this ticket)?

scfc added a comment.Apr 25 2016, 3:10 PM

Yes, very much, it provides an easy, standardized and documented way to query the replication lag. ¡Muchas gracias!