After building my webapp on a first boot i create 2 connections to mysql on debian then 1-2 (r/w) for every page after that. The connection consistently take 5.2 seconds to connect. Debian is in a VM running in my OS. Why is the connection taking this long?

At times it will take < 0.1 seconds which is great but 5.2 x2-3 on every run is to much. Has anyone experience this problem? how do i solve it?

note: I am using .NET to connect. Not that it matters. and its mysql v5

-edit- After checking firewall settings and doing many things i could not figure the problem out. I found a noinstall release of mysql and used that. Connections are lightning fast.

4 Answers 4


Obfuscurity may be right. First thing I would check is reverse DNS. To troubleshoot this try setting the --skip-name-resolve flag to mysqld:


Also make sure to add your hostname/ip to /etc/hosts

  • We had this problem. On every connect (even if you are using IP's) the mysqld server will do a reverse lookup of your IP. If you add skip-name-resolve to the my.cnf file it will skip this. The DNS timeout is 5 seconds.
    – Slashterix
    Oct 19, 2010 at 21:43

Are you using a hostname or IP address to connect? Sounds like you might be experiencing slow DNS resolution.

  • but its... on my local comp and VM. Not even the network. I am specifying ip address and the host is win7
    – user274
    May 23, 2010 at 21:38

If you are on a debian system, I have noticed that the having the mDNS avahi daemon running can cause issues. I noticed this because I was able to do instant forward and reverse lookups via dig, but still had 5 second timeouts connecting to mysql. Looking at a packet capture, I could see 3 mDNS queries over 5 seconds before the connection succeeded. Disabling or uninstalling the avahi daemon resolved this issue for me.


I would consider reviewing firewall setup on the host machine.

Since this is a VM, it is a possibility that the connection from the web application to the database is being examined by the Firewall or content filter running on Host machine

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