Percona’s Clustercheck Script for MySQL Galera

By | In Database Administration, MySQL | August 24th, 2016

Percona clustercheck script is a script distributed as part of the Percona XtraDB Cluster. It creates HAProxy to monitor Galera Cluster nodes and perform health checks on backend servers. The clustercheck shell script accepts HTTP requests and checks MySQL on incoming connections. If the Galera Cluster node is okay, it will give HTTP code 200 OK response; otherwise it gives 503 response implying that the service is unavailable, i.e. the node should not receive MySQL traffic.

Most recently, Datavail released a whitepaper, Why Choose Galera-Based Clustering Solution for MySQL, which outlines the Galera Cluster’s initial configuration and default communication ports and discusses the relevance of Percona’s clustercheck script. This blog post goes into the nitty-gritty details of how to set up and use Percona’s clustercheck script in a MySQL Galera Cluster. (Percona clustercheck script can be downloaded from GitHub.)

Applications of clustercheck script

HAProxy configuration

Clustercheck script is configured with HAProxy to check for MySQL connectivity via HTTP on port 9200. This is the port number that’s commonly used but you are free to change it by editing the mysqlchk service script (explained further in the section “How to set up clustercheck script”).

Disable node for maintenance

You can manually disable a node during maintenance when clustercheck is used in conjunction with a proxy server or load balancer, by using /var/tmp/clustercheck.disabled to force clustercheck to return a 503 error.

How to set up clustercheck script

Setup with xinetd

The clustercheck script is set to listen on port 9200 using xinetd and report status of the nodes in the Galera Cluster. Here are the steps of the setup process:

Download the Percona script from GitHub, copy it to the/usr/local/bin or /usr/bin/ directory and make it executable by using the following commands:

Daemonize the script using xinetd as follows:

(If not installed, install xinetd.)

For Centos

# yum install –y xinetd

For Ubuntu

# apt-get install xinetd

Create the following configuration file in /etc/xinet.d/ to configure the mysqlchk service:

# vi /etc/xinet.d/mysqlchk

Enter the text below:

Add the mysqlchk service to /etc/services file as follows:

Note: Ensure the ports 9200, 9098, 9418, and 3306 are open for clustercheck script, xinetd and mysqlchk service communication with nodes in the cluster.

Restart xinetd:

# service xinetd restart

Now clustercheck script will listen on port 9200 and HAProxy is ready to check MySQL via HTTP. You can test this by running the command:

$ telnet localhost 9200
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is ‘^]’.
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: text/plain
Connection: close
Content-Length: 40

Galera Cluster Node is synced.
Connection closed by

This means that the cluster is synced and the instance is ready to handle traffic.

In one of the nodes, create clustercheckuser that will be doing the checks

Log into Galera Cluster:

Enter the password in the prompt, then enter:

The MySQL Galera Cluster will replicate the statement to the other nodes.

Make sure to change the clustercheckuser username and password in the clustercheck script to be the same as the ones created in the DDL statements above.

Setup with Shell Return Values

A different option from setting up with xinetd is executing clustercheck on commandline and checking the return value.

Download the Percona script from GitHub, copy it to the/usr/local/bin or /usr/bin/ directory and make it executable. Then create clustercheckuser which will be doing the checks.

After that, run the clustercheck script as follows:

For a syncd node, the output will be “0” and for an un-synced node the output will be “1”. This return value can be used with server and network-monitoring tools like Zabbix.

This clustercheck script comes in handy when monitoring the health status of the nodes within MySQL Galera Cluster and setting up proxy load balancer configuration. It also helps when disabling a node for maintenance purpose.

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Wesley has more than 15 years of professional experience in database, network, and systems administration. His specializes in Linux systems and MySQL database administration, including Highly Available solutions, performance tuning, and automation scripting. As a database administrator, he enjoys finding creative solutions to complex problems.

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