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What could be the cause of a sudden increase in MySQL throughput (from an average of 1.5M/s to 7.5M/s). The system is running WordPress on a trafficked site (2M monthly pageviews). The throughput is monitored with munin. Is there a way to see in MySQL how much data a query transfers? Thank you!

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Wordpress/Webserver caching functionality being temporarily disabled could be a cause. – weeheavy Dec 15 '10 at 15:55
caching is enabled and seems to be working fine. In munin, the number of queries does not seem to have spiked with the throughput, it looks normal. – em2345 Dec 15 '10 at 16:00
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Fixed in the end. The source was trivial - a code change causing giant result sets.

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Are you on a VM, Slice, or other hosted environment? If so, your host may have moved you to new hardware, or, more likely, other slices on your hardware may have been moved off or closed.

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We are using a dedicated server, so this was not the cause. – em2345 Dec 21 '10 at 13:02

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