MySQL Connections

MySQL will allow n number of connections at a given point of time, To find out that n no of connections run the following command.

mysql> show variables like 'max_connections';
| Variable_name   | Value |
| max_connections | 100   |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

So this server will allow max of 100 connections at any given point of time.

Before we change the following variable, its necessary to understand how MySQL uses connections and tables. Consider that for every connection on your server, you are querying 3 tables. ie. MySQL will open 3 file descriptors for each connection (1 for each table)

…the table is opened independently by each concurrent thread. …

Considering your site has a about 300 connections per/second, 200 of those connections will be dropped since your setting is 100. So changing the setting to 300, MySQL will open (300 x 3 = 900) file descriptors. A file descriptor is nothing but a connection to that file (programmers,sysads will know what I mean). Now its necessary to check what does your OS suuport, normally OS will support about X no. of file descriptors at a given point of time. So increasing your connection settings will not help solve the issue. You need to consult your OS’s manual before changing the settings on a production server.

Fine, Lets assume that every param is under the limit, we can tweak around, As in MySQL almost every parameter can be controlled by configuration file /etc/my.cnf in Linux or [MySQL INSTALL DIR]\my.ini in Windows.

Open the file and add the following under mysqld section max_connections=300. So it should be something like this.


Restart MySQL Server after changing the file. You can alternatively run a Command while the server is running, but the setting won’t be maintained if the server restarts. The following command can be executed

mysql> set global max_connections=300;


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  3. Server Parameters
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