I'm trying to investigate if blocking is to blame for a performance issue we are experiencing.

MySQL version: 5.6.32-78.1

The following tables exist but are empty.


The information_schema.innodb_trx table has data in it.

Please can someone explain how to expose the data in the lock/lock_waits table? I have read an InnoDB plugin is required. Is this the case for 5.6? I was hoping to dynamically enable/disable capturing locking info.

  • Instead of starting there, let's start with the slowest query. The slowlog is handy for finding such.
    – Rick James
    Sep 30, 2020 at 23:28
  • Thanks Rick. I've taken a look at the slow log already. I'm really interested in being able to see locks and lock_waits. Do you have any idea how to enable the viewing of this data? Thanks.
    – 8adger
    Oct 2, 2020 at 9:33
  • dba.stackexchange.com might be a better place to ask your question.
    – Rick James
    Oct 2, 2020 at 17:50

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When the issue is happening, you may try executing query SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS; to examine the lock waits. See https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/show-engine.html for more information.

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