Published on October 8th, 2020
Errors or mistakes are common in any aspects, especially in development. Using MySQL or any database can't guarantee you an error-free environment.
In this article, we will discuss the structure or anatomy of MySQL errors and how to read them. We've also picked the top 10 most common MySQL errors and their description.
Each MySQL errors consists of the following parts that identify the error:
Here's an example MySQL error:
ERROR 1146 (42S02): Table 'test.no_such_table' doesn't exist
In this example above:
Here are the lists of most common MySQL errors:
This one is probably encountered at least once by anyone using MySQL. This error can have many causes, such as wrong username and/or password, or lacks of permission to the database.
This error happens when the connection between your MySQL client and database server times out. Essentially, it took too long for the query to return data so the connection gets dropped.
This error means that all available connections are in use by other clients.
The common reason for this error is that the server timed out and closed the connection. By default, the server closes the connection after 8 hours if nothing has happened.
This means that MySQL does not have enough memory to store the entire query result.
If a table-full error occurs, it may be that the disk is full or that the table has reached its maximum size. The effective maximum table size for MySQL databases is usually determined by operating system constraints on file sizes, not by MySQL internal limits.
This means that MySQL does not understand your query because of a syntax issue. Usually the cause of the issue is forgetting to enclose some literals or values in backticks or quotes. For example, instead of having the name of your database in a MySQL query as
my-database it should be
The error message will even go further and pinpoint where the syntax start to be invalid, and you can use that as a starting point to hunt the issue.
When a MySQL client or the mysqld server gets a packet bigger than max_allowed_packet bytes, it issues a Packet too large error and closes the connection.
A 1 GB packet size is the largest possible packet size that can be transmitted to or from the MySQL server or client. The MySQL server or client issues an ER_NET_PACKET_TOO_LARGE error and closes the connection if it receives a packet bigger than max_allowed_packet bytes.
If you find errors like the following in your error log.
010301 14:38:23 Aborted connection 854 to db: 'users' user: 'simplebackups'
This means that something of the following has happened:
This indicates that MySQL is unable to create a temporary file in the temporary directory for the result set if we get the following error while executing a query.
If you get this error in your client code, you are calling client functions in the wrong order. For example, if you are using mysql_use_result() and try to execute a new query before you have called mysql_free_result().